Autor Thema: Impressive araneid from Houston, Texas, USA => Eriophora ravilla  (Gelesen 821 mal)

Frits Broekhuis

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This was a rather large spider KL ~ 12mm in a very large web (~ 1m across), found in a suburban garden. I think it looks like the tropical orb weaver Eriophora ravilla. Do you agree?

[2017-01-02-a]
« Letzte Änderung: 2017-03-07 11:44:28 von Frits Broekhuis »

Jonathan Neumann

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Re: Impressive araneid from Houston, Texas, USA
« Antwort #1 am: 2017-03-03 23:14:09 »
Hallo Frits,

not sure how variable it is.. In one south african spider group on facebook I follow these araneids are always entitled as "hairy field spider Neoscona sp.", so I think that lady could belong to Neoscona as well.

EDIT: Checking Bugguide and there are several specimen which are fitting your colour morph, uniformly brown with yellow shoulders: http://bugguide.net/node/view/24094/

Seems so that you have nailed it, especially as the coloured shoulders are mentioned in the description!
Check images for much more footages...

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Jonathan
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Re: Impressive araneid from Houston, Texas, USA
« Antwort #2 am: 2017-03-03 23:25:47 »
Levi describes E. ravilla as very variable and shows several color morphs. Since E. fuliginea is not recorded in the U.S., I think your ID should be right.

Tobias