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Tiny green spider with ornate red & yellow  markings - Araneus cingulatus - female

Tiny green spider with ornate red & yellow markings - Araneus cingulatus - Female
Uwchlan Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
August 7, 2009
Size: about 2 mm
Summer 2009.


We would agree
though we must admit to being confused by his photo of nashoba. The photo looks just like cingulatus and not like his drawing of nashoba. It will be interesting to see when someone actually posts an image of nashoba. We will move this to cingulatus.

and I wish these bulletins were in color. One thing nashoba says in the description is it has 4 indistinct anterior white patches. I can't tell if the one above has those white patches or not. It appears it might, as long as they aren't flash or light reflections. Another thing the bulletin mentions is that cingulatus has brown distal ends of the first legs (missing on this spider) while nashoba legs are just described as green.

Moved from ID Request.

Neat Spider vs. insect nymph + missing legs
We could begin ID by stating that it's a spider vs. an insect nymph. Arch, this might have been confusing because your spider appears to have seen better days. It's missing 5 of 8 legs. It's a neat find. I've never seen such a pretty colored orb weaver myself. Looks like the other editors have narrowed it down to the Araneus genus for you, maybe even to a species.
Thanks for submitting the picture, and Welcome to Bugguide!

Thanks for all the help. Between this and my blog post, we seem to have it narrowed down to definitely Araneus something, with the nomination of A. cingulatus and the A.bonsallae suggested here.

I had scrutinized this and the other photos & originally thought is was a spider based on the body plan, but based on leg count had convinced myself it was an insect. And since it didn't look like anything I could find and most guides I found had adults, it must be an immature form!

Keith Robison (Arch G. the photographer is my dad)

Looks like ...

Not an expert
so I don't know what else may be similar, but it looks good to me.

Similar spiders
there are quite a few, and these can get confusing... which is why we have this holding bin. That being said, I am leaning toward A. cingulatus. The map combined with description in the bulletin "Small Orb-Weavers of the Genus Araneus North of Mexico" seem to lean in that direction.

Small Orb-Weavers of the Genus Araneus
Is that available online?

You can read it online
here. You may have to scroll down on the left to the title page between pages 472 and 473.

but it's available free here:

Online also...

If you follow the link at the top of that page (which takes you here) and then follow the "All files:HTTP:" link from the "View the book" section of that page (which takes you here), you can find the original scans (from the entire 600+ page volume) in the filename that ends with "orig_jp2.tar", and the slightly cropped and reshaped versions of those same files in the file that ends with "".

The "scans" are actually high-quality photographs from what is by now a very overworked Canon 5D. The text is usually pretty readable for the online versions (the "Flippy Reader" and the pdf), but for the drawings and photos I highly recommend downloading the "" file.

An alternate path to the same resources would be through this link, where if you hover the mouse over the "Download/About this book" link you'll find a drop-down menu that lets you create a custom PDF containing up to 50 specific pages. You would need two PDFs to cover pages 473-552, but a downloaded PDF can often be more useful than being tied to web application.


I guess I should have said yes :)!

Have a look at our
holding bin for green Araneus (Orb Weaver spiders), we haven't figured out the species yet

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