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Photo#369231
western spotted orbweaver - Neoscona oaxacensis

western spotted orbweaver - Neoscona oaxacensis
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
October 4, 2007
Additional photos and comments about when/where I found this spider can be found on my Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/biologie-me/page2/

Found low to the ground in his/her web around 4pm in October. The markings were so pretty and although I was afraid to get too close to the spider I was able to photograph both the top, side, and underside of this spider. I think it's a marbled orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus).

Images of this individual: tag all
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Moved
Moved from ID Request.

None of the above!
Sorry, but you are both incorrect. This is in the genus Neoscona.

 
So it's a Neoscona oaxacensis (Western spotted orbweaver)?
Thanks for directing me to the correct Genus!

Can we go further to say it's N. oaxacensis as mentioned above?

Also, based off my photos can you tell if it's a male or female?

All of your help is appreciated. Thanks!

 
Yes.
I would agree with the species. Would have added it, but I can never remember how to spell it.

 
Female
a male would look more like this

 
Looks a bit like
Neoscona oaxacensis - Western Spotted Orbweaver



But the Neoscona species seem to be quite variable, so I'll be interested to see what others think.

 
that would explain
Why I couldn't find an exact match. Comment made before other pics (ventral) posted too, but.. I'm not the spider expert. Just my initial two cents worth and nothing more. :-)

looks like an Argiope to me - but i was wrong
I'm doing a little research. EDIT - I see you added some pictures, so I've linked them together, assuming it's the same spider.
Oh, and Welcome to Bugguide! :)

 
Thanks for researching for me
Thanks for researching for me. Yep, I guess I was slow to add the other pics, it is the same spider. I thought they'd link automatically but maybe I loaded them incorrectly. Did they all load as individual ID Requests? If so, sorry about that!

Thanks for the welcome. :) I'm doing a blog post every Thursday called "Buggin' Out on Thursdays" because, based on all the bug pics I take, I'm a Bug Hugger, hehe. This orbweaver is going up on my blog tomorrow but I wanted to pass it by all of you first before I misidentified it (I'm new to bug id'ing and pretty much the bug-world in general).

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