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Starbellied orbweaver, Credit: Lisa Brown CC BY-NC 2.0

Yellow garden spider - Dan Schneider_cutout_3Description: A medium-sized orbweaver. Females range from 7 – 15 millimetres, males from 5 – 8 millimetres. Between 10 and 12 points jut out from the abdomen’s edge, giving this spider a somewhat star-like shape and making it easy to identify in the field. Even its two lateral (side) eyes are set on points. There is a darker patch near the abdomen’s tip. Varying brown shades and bristles give this spider a burr-like appearance.

Habitat: Most common in meadows and grasslands

Starbellied orbweaver, Credit: Andrew Hoffman

Starbellied orbweaver, Credit: Andrew Hoffman CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Starbellied orbweaver, Credit: Brett Forsyth

Starbellied orbweaver, Credit: Brett Forsyth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Range: Southeastern Canada south to Florida

Seasonality: Late spring through early fall

Trivia: Disturbance will often make this species drop quickly to the ground, where its superb camouflage makes the spider very difficult to find.