Spinybacked Orbweaver

Ginny Schmidt

St. Petersburg, United States

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There was this huge spider web spanning my back yard (in St. Petersburg, FL), from the house to the trees and bushes along my fence. Granted, my back yard is not huge but, still, anybody walking through it would get a face full of spider web. Had to try to photograph it, and came up with a couple of shots I could share. I would not necessarily call this an art piece, so I am only offering it for sale as a card only for the benefit of any arachnophiles that are anxious to add a nice specimen to their collection.

Originally I was going to post this to ask if anybody knew what kind of spider this is, but a little Googling gave me the answer. So, instead of being the student this time, I will be the teacher. Boys and girls, meet Gasteracantha Cancriformis, also known as the Spinybacked Orbweaver. It does have venom, but its mouth is very tiny, so a bite is said to be only mildly irritating.
The little flags built into the web are supposed to alert birds from flying into the web and messing it up.

It is often found inside screened pool enclosures, and you can sweep down the webs; outside, the advice is to just leave it alone to do its job, helping to keep nature in balance. I would have left this one alone, had it not tried to take over my whole back yard, but this is not the first time for a web here, so what I do is find a long twig to sweep the web down with and deposit it in a nearby hedge.

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