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Spider - Metazygia wittfeldae - male

Spider - Metazygia wittfeldae - Male
Daphne, Baldwin County, Alabama, USA
January 18, 2010
Size: quite small
Common House Spider?

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Spider - Metazygia wittfeldae - male Spider - Metazygia wittfeldae

Moved from Metazygia.

M. wittfeldae?
Hi Lyn,

How did you get all these to the specific species? Are they that unmistable or have you simply seen enough of them and are sure that no other species is possible? Have any of them been examined directly? Just trying to learn something new.


Moved from Spiders.

Metazygia sp.
A choice of 4 species, but we'd need to examine the palp after this one molts one more time. You can tell the palps are swollen, but not yet expanded...meaning he's a penultimate male and has one more molt to adulthood, when the species can be determined.

Hmm... don't think so.
Common House Spiders (assuming you mean Parasteatoda tepidariorum) have a different look--and they're cobweb weavers. Judging from the radial lines in the background of your wider shot, this one seems to be hanging out in an orb web...

Then again, I could be completely wrong. :)

Orb Web
I went out and checked the web. It was hard to see against the bright light, but it's a tightly woven 5" orb.

Of Course
It's a Marbled Orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus). I was so hung up on how dumb that midge was. It didn't fly into the web, it purposefully landed on it. You would think his mother how told him about the dire consequences of such a move. That spider was all over the midge. She had it wrapped and cached by the time my flash recycled.

Hey Ken, thanks for the wake-up call.

The abdomen reminds me of
genus Parazygiella. They're marked like that, and they often spin missing-sector webs, but not always.

Wondering Why
I couldn't edit my comment:) I was trying to recant my statement when I realized it wasn't a marble. Looking around, I'm not sure what it is.

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