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I am new to this community and need some help with spider classification... - Spider Photos

Sep. 8th, 2010

02:57 pm - I am new to this community and need some help with spider classification...

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 Hi everyone.  I just joined this group today.  I did because I have a spider right outside my condo who has made a large web between the pillars outside my door.   I am very happy that the spider has been there several days without a neighbor knocking it down.   I love spiders and hate when people's gut reaction is to step on them.  I've had people ask me to step on spiders and laugh when I refuse....but I always try to usher the spiders away from harm in that case and my boyfriend is afraid of them so I have to get a bowl and get the spider out of the house if one is in there.

I had at one time, black widows living in my old apartment's heater, which I moved once they got big and were throwing webs across our hallway.  I was afraid I'd walk through it and not see the spider, like at night, and she would bite me.   I find them very beautiful and really non-threatening because they don't want to bother with humans and if you don't pick them up and leave them alone, they are happy.  Much like myself!

Anyway, I need help classifying a spider.  I live in San Diego, CA.  I think it is an Argiope but I am not sure, since it doesn't have a typical Argiope web (with decorations) like I see online.  Anyone help me here? Its back has an almost snake head like design.  I really wanted to capture it before it moves or someone is a jerk in my complex and hurts it. 

I was trying to get the web, but my camera isn't the best, it's overcast and the wind keeps moving the web and the spider around.   My entryway to my condo is pretty small, so I don't want to break the spider's web, so this was the best and closest I could do:


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Date:September 8th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
It looks to be one of the Neoscona orb weavers. Around here we call them barn spiders.
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Date:September 9th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
When the sun came out, I got better photos of the web and the spider also extended its legs.
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Date:September 10th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Looks like a Neoscona to me too, without looking it up specifically.
Bugguide if you want to double check:
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