A Pumpkin Spider for Halloween

Spotted crossing the driveway the week before Halloween, this spider, an Orange Marbled Orb Weaver, is a Halloween decoration on the go.

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Marbled Orb Weaver, Araneus marmoreus, shown next to an oak leaf for size comparison.

Marbled Orb Weavers (Araneus Marmoreus) are common and harmless to humans, but their color certainly attracts attention. Apparently, their color ranges from white to yellow to yellow-green to orange; BugGuide shows the many color variations.

After stopping for a quick photo shoot, this one ambled away to a place unknown … but it’s likely in one of the perennial and shrub beds along the edge of the driveway. This adult will die after laying eggs that will hatch in the spring.

Orange Orb Weaver spider, aka Pumpkin spider, in Connecticut during Halloween week, October 2014.

Orange Marbled Orb Weaver spider, aka Pumpkin spider, in Connecticut during Halloween week, October 2014.

Marbled Orb Weavers spin circular webs in low vegetation. They spin these each morning for that night’s catch. For more comprehensive information on Marbled Orb Weavers visit this BioKIDS link.

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2 comments for “A Pumpkin Spider for Halloween

  1. October 31, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I’ve never seen one of these before; it’s gorgeous!

    • November 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Jean. I had not either until I noticed the one in the photo walking across the driveway. So perfect for this time of year.

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