Orchard Orbweaver Spider (Leucauge venusta)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Orchard Orbweaver Spider (Leucauge venusta)

One of the Long-jawed Orb Weavers (Tetragnathidae). I was surprised to see this one walking on the flowers as they usually are hanging from their large intricate webs. They use several flower stalks to support their webs.

Diet: small insects

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/2010

Shown on Florida Native Plant: PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa)


  1. I wonder why I never seem to find any orbweaver spiders in my garden? I have so so many spiders of all different kinds: wolf, pumpkin, the skinny blade-like kind – okay I just looked this up and it is a type of orbweaver! Ha ha.

    • Loret said:

      Walk around early morning and you’ll find out just how many orbweavers you probably have as you remove the webs from your face, hair, arms and ankles. some are just so tiny you might not find them except by the remains of the web.

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