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Gea Heptagon, brown spider with horned abdomen - Gea heptagon - female

Gea Heptagon, brown spider with horned abdomen - Gea heptagon - Female
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
May 12, 2005
Found this today at the school.

Found in CA?
I believe I found this spider in the Bay Area, of California.
I have never seen an orb weaver of that size here. Does anyone know if it is supposed to be here? The area were it was discovered, was near a train station. I thought it might have hitched a ride.

Brown horned abdomen spider
Iam not located to far from California my self! Iam in Yakima WA. I to belive I have this typ of spider liveing on the covered frunt deck of my home in fact iam near sure of it! Its web is located & streached from a top wooden beam to a corner suport beam the whole body includeing the legs is about the size of a US. quorter I have been courious so I'v payied in the web with a long stick, they are very fast for thier size & seem very agresive responding to prey emediatly they seem more nocternal comeing out more after dark but some times during the day to! I have reserched this spider due to the fact that I have 2 small kids to worrie about I am still unsure if it is a poisonous spider?? or one I should get rid of for my kids sake can any one help? Thanks!

is mentioned as part of this species' range. However, I don't think it's found in OR or WA. If you could both post images of your spiders then I can probably help you with your IDs.

gea heptasomethingorother
Yes, it does live in Oregon in a large tree in my back yard. Well, it did anyways. Right now, it lives in a small clear tupperware container on my kitchen counter for all to see until s/he starves to death, which is fine with me!

This spider
is not known from the west coast. If you think you found this spider please post an image of it in ID Request so that we can confirm this as it would be quite a range extension for this species.

What is the life span of this creature? If you want pics we'll try to find this guy in same area and send it...

Not sure
Sorry it took so long to reply. My source says it's found in the Eastern U.S.

Gea Heptagon horned brown spider
My boyfriend and I were reminiscing about the summer of 2013 when we were taking an early evening walk through a forest in Grass Valley CALIFORNIA, where we currently live, and almost ran into this HUGH spider web. It stretched from about 8ft up this tree and angled to the ground about 5ft away. It had an orb web attached to it and in the middle was a spider about the size of my adult hand and it had horns on the body. We will never forget what that spider looked like. It was so scary looking. As you can tell by my username...I am very arachnophobic, yet we found ourselves in awe at the size and appearance. So here it is 4 yrs later and we decided to look to see what kind it was and BOOM there it was...First picture!!! Sorry we didn't get a pic but we can assure you, this GEA HEPTAGON HORNED SPIDER is DEFINETLY in the California Foothills of Nevada County!!!

gea heptasomethingorother
Nope! Wrong again! No offense... S/he also lives in the Western areas of the United States as well! We found her when we heard what we thought was someone creepin' our house (AGAIN!), and thought the perp maybe climbed a tree instead of ran. If he did climb a tree, it most certainly was NOT that tree! Good luck with that tho!

brown horned spider
I posted a coment on this spider already see above please! but iam couriouse to know if you know weather its a poisonous one? iam in Yakima WA. I have seen this spider at my home in Yakima WA. thanks!

Brown Spider in Yakima
Hey Spidywoman509,
I believe I have a spider in Yakima in my kitchen that looks very much like yours. it is light brown and appears to have striped legs with sharp points sticking up on its back.

Posted a photo of it
I posted a photo of the spider and named it Yakima Spider

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