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Marbled Orb? - Araneus marmoreus

Marbled Orb? - Araneus marmoreus
Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
October 6, 2005
Size: .75" diameter
Found in leaves in gutter. Looking for ID and whether poisonous.

Watch it spin...
If spidey is still in that area, check on her after it gets darks. Orbies are usually out at night, and spin the best webs. Fascinating for kids to watch. Don't shine too much light on her if it's dark, they sometimes will go and hide if you light them up too much.

One of the few that are hard to misidentify. Distinct. Though, as with most, it can vary in color.

All spiders (with the exception of one small group that I always forget) have venom. Only a few spider groups are likely to bite even if you stick your hands in their web and rattle them around. (Do not try this with widows or funnel web spiders.) I have never seen a Marbled that didn't run like hell to its hideaway when I bumped its web.

It is the Uloborids that lack venom. These are neat little spiders that build horizontal or near horizontal orb webs.

Guide page for Orb Weavers
Here is the general info guide page for Orb weavers. It can provide some more general information about your "new little friend".

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