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Spider - Rhomphaea projiciens - female

Spider - Rhomphaea projiciens - Female
Lady lake, Lake County, Florida, USA
September 11, 2008
Size: 10mm
A small Orb Weaver had made her home above my washer in the garage, she had been there for a couple of months, I checked on her daily, on this day she had an unwelcomed guest. The new spider fed on her for two days then I guess dropped her from the web. I never did see the new spider utilize the orb web. ID'd with images in the guide.

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Spider - Rhomphaea projiciens - female Spider - Rhomphaea projiciens - female Spider - Rhomphaea projiciens


Moved from Rhomphaea.

Maybe not Rhomphaea...
The egg sac of Rhomphaea fictilium, at least, is described as being shaped like a slender vase--something like this:

It's certainly one of the Argyrodinae--you might look into the other genera (Argyrodes, Faiditus, and Neospintharus) as possibilities. Or it could be R. projiciens, maybe, but I'm guessing that one has a similarly slender egg sac.

Thank you
Harsi. I was a little sad at first, but it was all quite interesting to watch.

I completely understand...
When you get used to seeing the same wildlife day after day (as was the case with your orb weaver) it can be quite disturbing when they are no longer there. Fortunately, this new spider stayed and raised its family to fill the void that was left.

Interesting story...
...and a very nice series of images. Thanks for sharing these.

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