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Orb Weaver - Metellina segmentata - male

Orb Weaver - Metellina segmentata - Male
DeCoursey Park, Pierce County, Washington, USA
October 22, 2007
I found a bunch of these living near the lake. In some cases they were living in close proximity to some very large female cross spiders. However, nearly every one of these spiders had a male close by. I've never seen so many female and male pairs in one area.

They remind me of longjawed orb weavers?

ID from R. Crawford. He says this is one of the more common introduced orbweavers.

Moved from Spiders.


Probably because they are in the same family.
Looks like Metellina.

Nice to see some high quality Washington images.

Thanks Jeff,
maybe Rod Crawford will know the species.

three, which should make it easy.

He also says
The other species might be M. mimetoides.

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