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Spider in NH - Neoscona crucifera - male - female

Spider in NH - Neoscona crucifera - Male Female
Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
August 8, 2005
You can't tell from the photo, but the male spider is wrapped up and under the female. It appeared to me that she was eating the male.

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Spider in NH - Neoscona crucifera - male - female Spider in NH - Neoscona crucifera - male - female Spider in NH - Neoscona crucifera - male - female

Moved from Spotted Orbweavers.

Moved from Araneus.

It's my spider!
Thank you both so much for helping me determine what is best to do with this spider! I've seen her around my back yard. Today I just found her hanging around in her broken web outside my window. I live in Oklahoma City, Ok. I had looked all over the internet to find a pic of her or something close, and what do you know! That could be her twin you photographed. The redish tibulas, two white dots on the abdomin, the "stripes" on the legs. Cool...I read about the behavior of this spider. I am pleased to know she can stay. I told my daughter it's "Charlolette" from the book! she was so excited. I think i'll take her pic, but I have not decided if I am going to try and figure out how to post it. We will probobly let her go back outside, too. Anyway, thanks again.

Soldiers wife,
Tanya McGuckin

Barn Spider - Araneus cavaticus
This looks to be a barn spider (Araneus cavaticus) which is quite common in New England (and along the East Coast). The hairy, banded legs, and the bright "eyes" on the underside of the abdomen are characteristic of this spider, and to a slightly lesser extent, the pattern on the abdomen (some variation of the pattern).

Note: these characteristics are ok for ID'ing this species of spider in New England, but might not hold true elsewhere. I'm sure that some of the zillions of other orb-weavers out there also fit this description... :)

Random trivia: This type of spider was the inspiration for E. B. White's "Charlotte's Web". You just witnessed the darker side of Charlotte's gentle character... poor male, (...munch munch munch...) he just wanted some company :) .

Neoscona sp.
Hi Chris and Daniel. I should have picked up on this, the red femurs are pretty distinctive. This isn't in the genus Araneus, it is in the genus Neoscona. This is a genus I am unfamiliar with, but all the guide pictures seem to back this up, and the spider you just identified as Neoscona, Chris, also supports this. I still have a lot to learn, but then we all do, and that is one of the joys of this web site. Unfortunately there are several species in this genus with the red femurs, and I sure am not knowledgeable enough to identify these.

I appreciate the response.


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