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Tan spider - Araneus - male

Tan spider - Araneus - Male
Westhampton, Western Mass/Berkshires County, Massachusetts, USA
July 2, 2005
Size: around 4 cm
Obviously male (biggest pedipalps I have ever seen). Curiously inserted his forelegs (first the right one and then the left one) into his mouth. Was setting long strands of silk between our grill and house.

Male Orb Weaver
This appears to be a male Orb Weaver. (It is very difficult to ID beyond family, especially males, since it often requires an expert with a microscope to look at the spider's reproductive structures).

The most likely genera would be Neoscona or Araneus, but that is no more than a guess on that part.

Males often wander, looking for mates, so they aren't seen as much as the females (who spin the wonderfully ornate webs). :)

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