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SundayKittens's avatar

Help me identify this spider!

Asked by SundayKittens (5834points) September 27th, 2010

This weekend I was visiting a friend in the country of NW Arkansas. On the top balcony was the biggest web spider I’d ever seen in person, almost as big as a cd.
He looked kind of like a crab without pinchers, and was spinning away at his web. His abdomen looked like a button mushroom, and his legs were fattish and yellowish. He was so strange!

Does anyone have an idea about what he could be?

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Dog's avatar

Was it a Golden Orb Spider?

If so they are my favorite spider. Gentle garden dwellers.

Cruiser's avatar

I initially thought corn or banana spider

This is one of the reasons I would never live there as I could not believe the size of the spiders I ran into camping down there!! OMG!!

SundayKittens's avatar

I don’t think it’s either of those, but thank you for your input. His legs were shorter and fatter. He’s probably some sort of inbred mountain spider. It makes sense, really.
@Cruiser Yes. It’s a beautiful area but…gulp.

SundayKittens's avatar

Oooo maybe, @mrentropy! This guy was on the page, too. It might be him!

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Cruiser's avatar

You should be able to find your arachnid here

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SundayKittens's avatar

Thanks, @Cruiser. I think he’s definitely a Neoscona Crucifera (Lucas) listed there! Now I can sleep, thanks everyone!

zuniac's avatar

I am pretty certain that would be a Golden Orb Spider but you never know in the mountains. lol…. Either way, no dangerous spiders that match that description are indigenous to that area so you can sleep soundly.

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