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Not even a clue - Gasteracantha cancriformis - female

Not even a clue - Gasteracantha cancriformis - Female
Sugar Land (South West Houston), Mother's backyard, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA
October 19, 2006
Size: approx. 1/6" wide
My family has lived in the area since 1982 and have never seen these spiders until just over a year or so ago. They've proliferated quite well. My mother's backyard is full of fruit bearing trees (banana, guava, payapa, persimmons, orange, pear, pecan, bay leaf and I think fig) and regular roses and some plants native to the area. These plants have been here well before the introduction of these spiders and I'm not sure how poisonous they are to cats or people. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

Spiny Orb Weaver
http://bugguide.net/node/view/81350

I'm also from Sugar Land. My son calls these "happy face" spiders. They are harmless and come in this orange as well as yellow and white. Probably in other colors, but we've only seen those colors around here.

smiley face crab spider, I ju
smiley face crab spider, I just saw that kind well searching around for the spider i found in my back yard.

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