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Spider - Araneus niveus

Spider - Araneus niveus
Chattahoochee Nat'l Rec Area, Medlock Bridge, Georgia, USA
August 7, 2002
I found this little spider (1cm or so) clinging to the underside of a leaf one afternoon. I didn't notice a web of any kind, but there was some silk on the leaf.

Images of this individual: tag all
Spider - Araneus niveus Spider - Araneus niveus

Moved from Araneus.

Orb weaver
I believe this is an orb weaver in a retreat. Many orb weavers remove all traces of their webs near sunrise. There are also more similarities to an orb weaver than a cobweb spider on this guy.
The "hairy" abdomen, the setae on the legs, and larger chelicera.
I am going to relocate these pics. Let me know if there is a disagreement.

could it be related to
A. cingulatus?

I looked at that
before and was unsure.

When did this get a solid ID as a Theridula species? All I see is Tom's suggestion. Any info available to back it up?

Definitely a cobweb spider - female
Looks like it could be a Theridula; if its in marigolds or geranium its a thrill killer.

I was searching for cobweb sp
I was searching for cobweb spiders on the web and found this page:

Provisional List of Ohio Spiders

It has a spider listed as Steatoda americana (Emerton, 1882), the "twospotted cobweb spider." I couldn't find any descriptions or pictures on the web, but the common name makes me think of this spider. Anyone have more info on that species?

Good thought, but...
Kaston's How to Know the Spiders (1) has a description and illustration of the abdomen. Kaston describes it as having a dark chestnut brown cephalothorax, and a dark purplish brown abdomen with a pair of white spots. He also mentions that it can be found under stones, logs, loose bark, and ground debris.

Second Sighting
I also saw this spider outside the front of my house in upstate South Carolina, in May 2003. My picture is not as good as this one.

I'm also curious to know what it is. The green color and those two white spots are very distinctive.

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