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Species Neoscona arabesca - Arabesque Orbweaver

Spider BG465 - Neoscona arabesca - female Spider BG489 - Neoscona arabesca - female BG935 C8923 - Neoscona arabesca - male pisaurina? - Neoscona arabesca Spider - Neoscona arabesca - female orb weaver spider? - Neoscona arabesca - male spider - Neoscona arabesca Neoscona arabesca - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Araneidae (Orb Weavers)
Genus Neoscona (Spotted Orbweavers)
Species arabesca (Arabesque Orbweaver)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Author of the name: Walckenaer. Year first published: 1842.
Female 5.5-7 mm
Male 5-6 mm (1)

Male N. arabesca

Throughout US and Canada.

arabesca - AB, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MB, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NB, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NS, NY, OH, OK, ON, OR, PA, PQ, RI, SC, SD, SK, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
You can separate N. arabesca from oaxacensis by the three pairs of dorsal, slanting, dark spots found on arabesca but absent on oaxacensis.

N. arabesca stays in a retreat (usually a curled up leaf) to the side of the web during the day. At night it rests in the center of the web with the tip of the abdomen pushed through the open space in the center of the web. [1]

When separating N. arabesca from N. crucifera and N. domiciliorum, range, size and time of day can be helpful. Also, when the coloring isn't obvious, I tend to think of N. crucifera & N. domiciliorum as having slashes that are more horizontal instead of the more slanted ones found on N. arabesca.

Neoscona arabesca, Neoscona crucifera, Neoscona domiciliorum

Internet References
~ [1] - The Orb Weaver Genus Neoscona in North America, Berman & Levi, 1971.
Works Cited
1.The Orb-weaving Spiders of Canada and Alaska - The Insects and Arachnids of Canada Part 23
Dondale, C.D., J.H. Redner, P, Paquin and H.W. Levi. 2003. NRC Research Press.