Arabesque Orbweaver (Neoscona arabesca), Houston, TX

Arabesque Orbweaver (Neoscona) Houston, TX Front ventralThe photo on the right was taken by Spyder (a nickname used by the respondent, a decorated USMC Vietnam veteran and well-known motorcycle enthusiast), in Houston, Texas. Spyder wrote: "Out under the eave of my patio is this big, gnarly spider. I found some pictures on your website (of a western spotted orbweaver) that seem to match it pretty closely. Am I right?" Both are in the genus Neoscona, and they have similar ventral markings, so they could be mistaken for one another. Dorsally, though, their markings are quite different. As Spyder wasn't able to get any dorsal photos, he couldn't make that comparison. The genus Neoscona was named by Eugene Simon (1848-1924), in 1864--he was 16 at the time--to designate a group within the genus Epeira (Walckenaer [1805]). According to Ubick et al (2005), p. 309, Neoscona was intended to mean "spinning among the reeds" but actually reads "spinning a reed." NEXT PAGE ---- PAGE MENU:   1  *  2 

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