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Species Neoscona domiciliorum - Spotted Orbweaver

Mystery black spider - Neoscona domiciliorum Spider with grasshopper prey - Neoscona domiciliorum Spider with prey - Neoscona domiciliorum Spotted Orbweaver - Neoscona domiciliorum Garden Spider?  - Neoscona domiciliorum Neoscona domiciliorum in Austin, TX  - Neoscona domiciliorum - female Orb Weaver? - Neoscona domiciliorum Neoscona domiciliorum? - Neoscona domiciliorum
Classification
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 Neoscona (Spotted Orbweavers)
Species domiciliorum (Spotted Orbweaver)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Latin: "of dwellings", genitive plural form of domicilium- "dwelling place"

Author of the name: Hentz. Year first published: 1847.
Size
7.2 - 16.2 mm (female)
8 - 9 mm (male)
Identification
More brightly colored than Neoscona crucifera, and with the part of the legs closest to the body bright red. Females "have a bright white or grayish yellow abdominal dorsum, with lateral wide, black stripes on each side." (Univeristy of Florida)

In N. crucifera, the second tibia of the male has two rows of clasping macrosetae (N. domiciliorum has three rows) and the epigynal scape (part of the female genitalia) has two pairs of bulges (versus one pair in N. domiciliorum). (Univeristy of Florida)

female
Range
"N. domiciliorum occurs southeast of a line drawn from Massachusetts to Indiana southwest to Texas." (UF)

domiciliorum - AL, CT, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, TX, VA, WV
Life Cycle
Remarks
N. crucifera & N. domiciliorum build thier webs at dusk and then take the webs back down around dawn. (Kaston 1976).
Print References
Howell and Jenkins, pp. 193-194, fig. 113 (1)
Kaston, p. 149, fig. 374 (2)
Internet References
University of Florida describes differences between N. crucifera and N. domiciliorum.
Works Cited
1.Spiders of the Eastern US, A Photographic Guide
W. Mike Howell and Ronald L. Jenkins. 2004. pearson education.
2.How to Know the Spiders
B. J. Kaston. 1978. WCB/McGraw-Hill.