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Smiley face Spider - Araneus illaudatus

Smiley face Spider - Araneus illaudatus
Payson, Arizona, USA
September 14, 2009
Size: larger then silver dollar
This guy is on the side of our work shed and builds large beautiful webs! I have done nothing with him other then take his photo but I would REALLY like to know if its harmless or dangerous as I have 4 small children who play near there! If he is dangerous I would like to move him to a different location away from our house!

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Smiley face Spider - Araneus illaudatus Smiley face Spider - Araneus illaudatus

Moved from Araneus. ID based on location and ventral view showing "pair of parallel longitudinal black bars surrounded by white". Levi

Based on the ventral view, I don't think this is the cat-faced spider. That info I found about the AZ Araneus can be found here. It's quite confusing, but I guess this might be illaudatus? The ventral shot matches as well. See page 175 (labeled A. pima) of Levi's Bulletin "The Diadematus Group of the Orb-Weaver Genus Araneus North of Mexico."

Ventral view?
Where did you find a ventral view? I'm missing something, I think.


Answer: Ah, I see now!

Moved from ID Request.

Orb weavers, like this one, are non-poisonous and docile - they just want to sit on their webs and catch flies. If they're threatened, they'll run away - only if they're trapped with no other way to escape will they bite.

glad you wrote
I spaced out answering the important question. Glad you caught it. :)

We would agree
here too!

looks like the Cat-Faced Spider
Araneus gemmoides, to me. Let's see if other people agree.
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