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Paralyzed Orb Weaver - Araneus nordmanni

Paralyzed Orb Weaver - Araneus nordmanni
Acadia Ntl park, Maine, USA
July 23, 2005
This orb weaver spider had just been paralyzed by an Episyron sp. Spider Wasp, and was being dragged around by same, when I found it on the slopes of Acadia moutain. I could not find a real match for it in the guide or lsewhere on the web. Any idea ?

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Paralyzed Orb Weaver - Araneus nordmanni Paralyzed Orb Weaver - Episyron biguttatus Paralyzed Orb Weaver - Episyron biguttatus

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Araneus sp.
I fear I (personally) cannot get it to a species, but it is definintely an Araneus genus spider. The "shoulders" on the front portion of the abdomen are characteristic for this genus of spiders.

Unfortunately, identifying most orb weavers is quite problematic, as the ID is usually made by an expert making a microscopic inspection of the genitalia. However, one of our experts MIGHT be able to give some potentially more specific IDs/guesses. :)

Very cool find and observation! Not many people get to see a spider wasp with its prey. Thanks for posting this!

 
Araneus
Thanks for your reply. Araneus sp. is already a vast improvement over simply "araneid" !

Philippe

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