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spider? - Leucauge argyra

spider? - Leucauge argyra
Davie, south Broward County, Florida, USA
June 18, 2006
Size: 1.25"

Looks like Orchard Orbweaver

Close, but we think this is
Plesiometa argyra. See . They are so amazingly alike!

I have trouble with these
- how do you tell them apart, when the bright spot on the underside (of venusta) is not visible?

The thing that catches our eye about
Plesiometa is that the three lines on the back run parallel only about halfway across the back when the outer two suddenly bend inward before flowing parallel once again to the end of the abdomen. Venusta is variable, but seems to have a single line that branches out into three about a quarter of the way which then flow parallel to the back. There's probably something much more importantly different, but we haven't noticed it yet. We also suspect that unfortunately there are probably still some Plesiometa images on the Leucauge page which may be misleading, but Jeff Hollenbeck got most of them moved.

That's a good description
- you should update the guide page to include it!

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