Furrow Orb Weaver Spider
I love orb weaver spiders. Known as Araneidae, these are the "Charlotte's Web" type of spiders which make big, spiral shaped webs and sit in the center of them. To me they are the classic type of spider, the type that stories are written about, the ones people feel are friendly and helpful.
The Furrow group of orb weavers are in the Larinioides genus. They have tan bodies with dark brown and tan striped legs. On their backs is a lovely pattern which involves a wavy edged darker brown center and lighter tan outsides. There are black dots along this pattern. The head is a darker brown, almost burgundy, with white hairs.
Not only are furrow spiders quiet, but I would even call them "scared". If you even hint at touching one, they curl up as if they're dead. I've seen this happen with three different types of orb weaver spiders. I always worry that I've hurt them somehow! They are just playing dead so you do not bother them. I've also noted that the orb weavers like dusk hours. If you find them during daylight they are extremely shy and often asleep.
This spider shown hangs on a gorgeous web by our mailbox. It is part of the Larinioides cornutus species. In these photos it was sleeping in its nook under the mailbox. Later, in the evening when it's dark, it comes out to sit in the center of its web.
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