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Real Spooky Orb Weaver Pumpkin Spiders

Updated on October 25, 2016

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Real Spooky Orb Weaver Pumpkin Spiders
Real Spooky Orb Weaver Pumpkin Spiders | Source

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

The cross shaped orifice is where the spider dispenses silk from.
The cross shaped orifice is where the spider dispenses silk from. | Source

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

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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.


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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.

Araneus Trifolium

Araneus trifolium
Araneus trifolium | Source

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.

Orange Spider

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

Spider with striped legs.
Spider with striped legs. | Source


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

Garden Spider
Garden Spider | Source

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.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Pumpkin Spider Meme
Halloween Pumpkin Spider Meme | Source

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      Susie Lehto 7 months ago from Minnesota

      Hi Peggy. We enjoyed Halloween with candy treats especially for my Mom, as she has a sweet tooth.

      Thank you for for coming by, its always a pleasure to read your comments.

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      Peggy Woods 7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      You certainly do take excellent close up photos Susie! Halloween was just last night and many people like to decorate with artificial spider webs. No artificial one can ever replicate the sheer beauty of those made by spiders. Hope you had a nice Halloween. We had such cute kids come to our door this year! Sharing once again.

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      Susie Lehto 8 months ago from Minnesota

      Patrica, nice to see your comment, thank you for coming by. I had a Pumpkin Spider on me this summer and didn't know what it was till after I knocked it to the ground. Then, I felt sorry that I had been too rough, it crawled off on its own, so I hope it didn't get hurt.

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      Patricia Scott 8 months ago from sunny Florida

      Clearly you were very patiently when photographing your little Pumpkin because the shots are excellent. I have not seen one of these and I do look for spiders when I am out because of Charlotte (in Charlotte's Web fame)....and the amazing webs they create. NO.....I never handle them...admiring them from afar, only.

      Angels are once again on the way ps

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      Susie Lehto 21 months ago from Minnesota

      Sorry it is taking me so long to get to my comments. Thank you for stopping by newbizmau and Phyllis Doyle. - Kudos!

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      Guided Abundance 22 months ago from Mobile, AL

      They are pretty to look at from a distance.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Its great for kids to catch and observe spiders and things and to release them back to where they were. A magnifying glass can open up a whole new world just like macro photography has for me, Suzanne.

      Thank you for visiting. - Kudos!

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      The orange Pumpkin spider in the video shows me why it's named Pumpkin spider! I agree with you on the Shamrock name, cannot see that one at all. There are so many garden spiders out there, I want to go do some macro photography of them! I think their shape is cute and my son likes trying to collect them in jars to observe but I make him put them back when he's finished.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Deb, I like spiders that give me my space, and I will respect their space as well. Aw, not in my bathroom over winter though, but they can winter over in the basement if they are nice. - Thanks for visiting!

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      Stunning spiders, Susie. I love spiders but will only handle them if they want to crawl on me. I try to shoo then outside when I can but I've had a few winter over in the bathroom on occasion.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Phyllis, I hear you on those Wolf Spiders, we have them here too. As long as they aren't being aggressive, they get to live another day.

      Thank you for coming by to visit. - Kudos.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Patrica, so mice to see stop by to check out a spooky spider. It is an interest colorful one that I enjoyed learning about.


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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I am not a fan of spiders, but this is an interesting hub. Both my kids have arachnophobia, so I was always the "spider catcher" in our house. I let the spider crawl onto a paper towel then take it out to the garden. Now, living in Nevada, I have to face the Wolf spiders - they have a very vicious bite. I capture them in a jar, put the lid on and take them out to the little mountain... sorry, I could ramble on and on with stories of these wolf spiders who are big enough to put on a leash.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Not sure which I like being confronted with less...a snake or a spider. but this one is A M A Z I N G...I have never seen one. I think I could suffer through the spine tingling just to see one up close.


      Voted up up and away Shared Pinned

      Know that Angels are on the way this afternoon

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for the kindness, Peggy.

      Sheila, I am not a fan of spiders either. I do like photographing just about anything though. - Thank you.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I really don't like spiders, any spiders! We have tarantulas here at our place in the country and hubby knows when my spider alarm goes off. HONEY...SPIDER!!! For a spider, he is very pretty though.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Took another look at this hub of yours and realized that I did not pin it the first time. Mission accomplished plus will tweet and G+ as well.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Yikes, one of these the size of my fist would freak me right out. We really do not have large spiders in northern MN. About the largest I ever see is Wolf Spiders that the size of a quarter.

      I can relate to that dance, done it a few times myself. It is funny!

      Thank you, Amie!

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      Amie 2 years ago from U.S.

      In bayou country in LA, we have orb spiders as big as your hand that build webs all the way across the roads through the back country. It's funny when someone runs into one of them and does the spiderweb dance!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Sally, macro photography is a fun hobby. Its always nice to have a model that will sit still long enough to get some clear shots. Your photos I have seen so far, are beautiful. - Thank you!

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