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Orb Weaver (Araneus alboventris) - Araneus alboventris - male

Orb Weaver (Araneus alboventris) - Araneus alboventris - Male
Bear, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
June 2, 2010
Size: ~ 3 mm

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A. alboventris
For some reason I landed on this page this morning. Taking a quick look at Levi, 1973, until the day that someone should come along and insist otherwise, I see no reason to not place this under A. alboventris. Levi, who otherwise pays little heed to coloration in his diagnostics writes: "freshly-collected [specimens] can be recognized immediately by their unique red-bordered black patch on the golden yellow abdomen" and "male coloration like that of female".

Has the look of Araneus alboventris to us,
but can't see the eyes well. Let's see what Lynette thinks.

I agree the eyes look very odd in this photo. I wish there was a full view from the front showing the entire arrangment.

I wish I had more photos. Unfortunately, even though I had him captured, I underestimated this tiny spider. He was moving around on top of an open jar then suddenly detached his safety web from the jar and jumped and sailed with the breeze. Thanks for trying.

Sweep net...
If you take a sweep net to nearby meadow shrubs, I bet you might find another as this is when the females mature (Dondale et al 2003, citing Levi 1973, and Kaston 1948).

Here's a question for the gang: Dondale et al 2003 write: "legs yellow or greenish yellow without dark rings". Does that exclude this specimen? If it weren't A. alboventris (which seems like a good candidate), then what else could it be?


Not sure
I'd have to go through my Bulletin again. I also thought briefly of a pirate spider. Eyes don't seem to work for that.

I know it's way out on a limb, but Stephanie Brown commented on the 3rd image about it maybe being a lynx spider. I stared at the eyes and the body shape for a while and I'm beginning to agree. I've never seen what any baby lynxs look like, though. Anybody know?

I don't know
It's certainly not a spiderling as it has adult male palps. I think the weird angle and view of the eyes is throwing us off.

Yep, you're right
I totally lost track of the fact that it had adult male palps. Too busy staring at the eyes, haha. Oops. Yeah, I think you're right. The funny angle is throwing us off.

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