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Texas "Death's head spider" - Eriophora ravilla
Raymondville, Texas, Willacy County, Texas, USA
November 30, 2006
Credit photograph to Shirley Ashley. Spider weaves orb nightly. Can someone explain the ID or give a reference? Any chance of ID to species? - the skull mark seems pretty unique. I took interest in this spider due to its resemblance to this one, which was contributed by my mother. Both are in Texas, but Raymondville is closer to Brownsville - about 340 miles away. I do not know how the Eriophora ID was made, but it seems likely that if the ID of the previous post was correct, then that is what this spider is too. Note the Houston spider pic was taken with flash - I have just posted a picture of the Houston individual without flash for color comparison. Thanks!

Moved from Eriophora.

This specimen's color pattern, with the white elongated triangle-like mark, fits Levi's description of a variation of the females of Eriophora ravilla.

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