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Real Spooky Orb Weaver Pumpkin Spiders
Pumpkin Spider Photo
Original Halloween Pumpkin Spiders
It just seems so right to be able to share my Pumpkin Spider with the world during the month of Halloween when pumpkins are so popular.
This beautiful spider is actually known by five different names that I know of. She is called the Pumpkin Spider because by Halloween she is at her greatest plumpness for the season. These lovely arachnids are also known as the Shamrock Spider, but I really can not see a resemblance to a shamrock at all. So, that name remains a mystery to me. They are called a Marbled Spider by some people because of the marbled patterns on their abdomens. They are originally European Garden Spiders. Finally, they are known in more formal circles as Araneus Trifolium, now that does sound exotic for an arachnid, and seems like a fitting name for these beautifully decorated spiders.
North American Spiders
Cross Orb Weaver
The cross orb weaver Pumpkin Spiders specialize in trapping their prey in an ornate web they build fresh each day.
Actually, the spiders eat their webs every night to recycle the silk to reuse for another web. I am sure their prey must feel better by being caught in a freshly made web, rather than an old tattered one.
Spider On Side of House Photo
Shamrock Orbweaver Spider
Fall is the best time of year to get to see the Shamrock or Pumpkin Spider in your own backyard. They may have been there all summer long and went unnoticed because they do start out as little baby spiders. If they find a good spot to catch prey, they do not wander around too much and stay in pretty much the same area. You may have to look for them a little because they do hide under cover so as not to be eaten by spider loving predators. My little beauty prefers to tuck herself under the corner trim of the siding or under a leaf.
Do you handle spiders?
Not Poisonous To Humans
I am not one to handle spiders, even if I do admire them from a step or two away to take pictures of them.
- Pumpkin Spiders do have venom.
- They are not poisonous to humans though they may bite.
- Interestingly, the female is more likely to bite than the male.
- Also, the female is larger than the male.
- If the Pumpkin Spider does bite, about 80% of the time, it is what is considered to be a dry bite with no waste of precious venom.
My Spooky Halloween Pumpkin
My little Pumpkin was on the move as I took pictures of her, so there is a little blurriness on the photos. I wanted to show both sides of the spider. The beautiful pattern on the abdomen is a sight to see and may be in many different variations of color and patterns. I am glad I got to see and watch this marbles spider.
I also wanted to share a picture of the underside of this spider because of the opportunity to see the spinneret, which can be clearly seen in the first picture above. The spinneret is the organ that is used by these arachnids to spin the silk for making those beautiful spider webs.
Eight Eyes Is Spooky!
My real spooky looking Halloween Pumpkin Spider seemed to be oblivious of me as I took pictures while it worked on a web.
It has a standard set of eight eyes but has poor eyesight. Most orb weaver spiders rely on vibrations to know when insects have been captured in a silk web.
My Marbled Spider Photo
I certainly do enjoy seeing some of the intricately designed spider's webs that orb weaver spiders produce, especially when they are covered with dew and glistening in the light. I also appreciate that orb weavers do help in keeping some of the flying insect populations down, such as mosquitoes and flies.
I did not measure my little garden spider, but I would say that my Pumpkin Spider would cover the surface of an American silver dollar with all its feet touching the edges of the coin.
We can remove spiders from our home or garden without harming them. If you do not want to handle arachnids, then I do recommend using a Spider Catcher.
Garden Spider Web
- Spider anatomy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You will be able to see the external anatomy. More importantly the best picture on the web of the internal anatomy of a spider.
- Araneus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Araneus is a genus of common orb-weaving spiders. It includes about 650 species, among which are the European garden spider and the barn spider.
What Makes Me Interested In Spiders
You may be wondering why I have an interest in spiders. I can not say that they are a main interest of mine. However, about a year ago, I moved back to the country to live with and assist my Mom and all wildlife seems to be almost magical to me. Yes, even spiders!
Sometimes I do know the common names of spiders. At other times, I have to do some research, and that is what happened with my Pumpkin Spider.
I got a Canon PowerShot camera some years ago and started practicing macro photography of flowers and insects, snakes, birds and spiders, and many other topics of interest. I do my research so that I can write educational articles to earn money online, and this article is published on HubPages.
I do enjoy observing wildlife and nature, and outdoor photography. Several times orb weavers have modeled for my photo shoots.
Spiders are spooky to many people, and snakes are scary, too. I thought it would be fun to write an article about my Pumpkin Spider in the month of October for the Halloween season.
Thank you for reading my article, and may all of your holidays be happy ones, not spooky.