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Orchard Spider - Leucauge venusta

Orchard Spider - Leucauge venusta
Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
May 5, 2008
Size: 8mm (5/16")
Pretty sure this is a Filmy Dome Spider - Neriene radiata. I finally found one that was right-side-up.
Please confirm.

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Orchard Spider - Leucauge venusta Orchard Spider - Leucauge venusta Orchard Spider - Leucauge venusta

We would suggest rather
Leucauge venusta, in the guide here. See what you think. Nice colors!

 
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But those all appear to be green or have a greenish tint.

 
Sharp eye
Thanks for pointing that out -- that's something new for me, as well. According to Kaston that "double fringe of hairs on the prolateral surface of the basal half [of the posterior femora]" (he offers an illustration, thank heavens) is a key for distinguishing between Leucauge and Meta menardii -- although IMO the shape of the opisthosoma of these two is sufficiently different to distinguish them apart (not to mention habitat).

-K

 
Leucauge
I agree with John and Jane. Pattern in spiders is a much more reliable characteristic than color.

 
Ok
That's where I'll put them. Thanks !

 
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Also, in the third "close-up" pic notice the feathery "hairs" on the legs next to the body. What would the purpose of that be ?

 
Not sure of the purpose, but besides the pattern
of color on the abdomen, that fringe is what pushed us toward Leucauge. We only seem to notice that fringe on images of Leucauge. Scroll through those images and you will see many with the fringe.

 
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Ok, I'll take a look. Also, see Kevin Pfeiffer's comment above.
Thanks!

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