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Spider, probably orb - Metepeira

Spider, probably orb - Metepeira
Borrego Springs, San Diego County, California, USA
February 28, 1999
Size: BL~4 mm
This tiny spider is on the bud of a Dune Eveningprimrose (Oenothera deltoides) along the sandy roadside of the low desert. It looks somewhat like Metepeira, except that the pattern seems different from our Metepeira and the legs are waxy reddish instead of striped like our Metepeira legs are. Any ideas as to genus (or family?) will be much appreciated.

Images of this individual: tag all
Spider, probably orb - Metepeira Metepeira or possibly Neoscona ? - Metepeira

Moved from Southeast Desert. Just deleting the temporary California desert page.

Moved from Metepeira.

Moved from Orb Weavers.

Does seem likely. I wonder if those macrosetae can tell us anything?

Take a look at Neoscona. -
Take a look at Neoscona.


Thanks so much for the guidance. I'm checking this genus. Two species are on the San Diego County list, N. crucifera and N. oaxacensis. Your help is much appreciated.

Hi, Lynn, I think you post
Hi, Lynn,

I think you posted another, similar orb weaver today or yesterday that you tentatively labelled Metepeira. Perhaps this, too, is Metepeira.


similar spiders
I'm amazed at how similar some of the genera are, and yet when I look at the Bugguide photots of species, there is such a variety within species! It's good to get to a couple of genera.

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