Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Previous events


Species Mecynogea lemniscata - Basilica Orbweaver

Small Spider - Orchard Spider? - Mecynogea lemniscata Basilica? - Mecynogea lemniscata Sheetweb Spider? - Mecynogea lemniscata - female spider - Mecynogea lemniscata - female Basilica Orb Weaver with Prey - Mecynogea lemniscata spider ID - Mecynogea lemniscata Tetragnatha? - Mecynogea lemniscata Eggs??   - Mecynogea lemniscata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Araneidae (Orb Weavers)
Genus Mecynogea
Species lemniscata (Basilica Orbweaver)
Other Common Names
Basilica Spider
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Allepeira conferta (1).
Explanation of Names
The latin name, lemniscata, meaning "hanging ribbons", appears to be descriptive of the eggsacs.
The common name comes from the shape of the snare, resembling the domed ceilings inside some cathredrals (2).
Female 6-9mm, Male 4-6.6mm (1)(3)(2)
Females to 13mm according to Levi (4)

web & egg sac
District of Columbia south to Florida and west to Colorado. (3)(1) The guide contains photos from points as far as mid-state New York, suggesting the range extends further north.
Found in forest understories and bushes (3)(4)(2). I've photographed them in Leyland cypress adjacent to my house in Georgia. Females create an orb web pulled into a dome with an irregular shaped web nearby where she waits (3)(1).
Summer and Autumn (2)
Life Cycle
The female attaches egg sacs to each other vertically in her dome shaped web.
Specimens have been found in mud dauber nests (3).
There appears to be disagreement about whether the snares contain sticky silk. Jackman says no (3), but Edwards and Marshall say yes (2).
Print References
Excellent photos and information in Florida's Fabulous Spiders (2).
Internet References
Some photos at Florida Nature and Nick's Spiders.
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Spiders
B. J. Kaston. 1978. WCB/McGraw-Hill.
2.Florida's Fabulous Spiders
Sam Marshall, G. B. Edwards. 2002. World Publications.
3.A Field Guide to Spiders and Scorpions of Texas
John A. Jackman. 2002. Gulf Publishing.
4.Spiders and Their Kin: A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
Herbert W. Levi, Lorna R. Levi, Nicholas Strekalovsky. 2001. St. Martin's Press.