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Marbled orbweaver

Araneus marmoreus

Marbled orbweaver

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org

Goldenrod crab spider

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota


Size: 1/3 - 3/4 inch long

Description: Has an orange or yellow cephalothorax (first part of a spider including the head) and a large, bulbous abdomen that is usually bright orange, but may occasionally be pale yellow.

Where/When: Found in grassy and wooded areas in mid-summer to fall.

Significance: Beneficial as predators on insects. Does not harm people.

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