Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Araneus sericatus Clerck, 1757
Larinoides sclopetarius Roberts, 1985
Šestáková, Marusik & Omelko, 2014 (revalidated, rejected (1)
The Genus Larinioides page
describes how to differentiate the species found in this genus. The carapace of this species is typically grayish.
Images that match best to pattern drawings in The Insects and Arachnids of Canada Part 23:
Possible stages of development (these were taken from one location and likely different stages of the same species):
British Columbia to Newfoundland, south to Utah, Oklahoma, and North Carolina.(2)
However, it is noted by Levi (1974b) that this species may be introduced because of its close association with buildings and because its range is very similar to the introduced Araneus diadematus
(which is also a holarctic species now)... so this range may expand over time (see note below).
We've received recent voucher specimens from Long Beach, California (thanks to Dr. Vincent) that may indicate the distribution of this species has greatly expanded since the range listed in Dondale et al. 2003 (see CA voucher male
BC, CA, CT, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, NB, NF, NH, NS, NY, OK, OH, ON, PA, PQ, RI, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV (may not be complete)
Young juvenile, adult female, adult male:
Dondale, C. D., J. H. Redner, P. Paquin & H. W. Levi. 2003. The insects and arachnids of Canada. Part 23. The orb-weaving spiders of Canada and Alaska (Araneae: Uloboridae, Tetragnathidae, Araneidae, Theridiosomatidae). NRC Research Press, Ottawa, 371 pp.
Levi, H. W. 1974b. "The orb-weaver genera Araniella and Nuctenea (Araneae: Araneidae)." Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harv.
146: 291-316. [online here
- Great article by Bug Eric (Eric Eaton) with images.