Saturday, September 8, 2007

Spiny orb-weaver


Spiny orb-weaver, Gasteracantha cancriformis. The Spiny orb-weaver is one of the most colorful and easily recognized spiders in Florida. The dorsum of the abdomen is usually white with black spots and large red spines on the margin. Females are 5 mm to 10 mm long and 10 mm to 14 mm wide. The webs typically contain tufts of silk, which may prevent birds from flying into them.

Okay, I freaked out. This was the oddest thing that I have ever seen in person. It was hanging on the back of my trucks windshield wiper. I thought I would share it with the rest of you. Tell me again why I live in Florida?

1 comment:

Lisa & Family said...

That is one nasty looking spider, Glad they are down by you. Have a great day!!!