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Image of female spiny-bellied orb weaver on a leaf

Spiny-Bellied Orb Weaver

Micrathena gracilis
The color pattern can vary, but the ten-spined, chunky abdomen sets the female spiny-bellied orb weaver apart from all other spiders.

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Spiny-Bellied Orb Weaver

There can be great variation in the color pattern, but the ten-spined, chunky abdomen sets the female spiny-bellied orb weaver (Micrathena gracilis) apart from all other spiders.

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Image of female spiny-bellied orb weaver on a leaf

Spiny-Bellied Orb Weaver (Micrathena gracilis)

M. gracilis, the spiny-bellied orb weaver, or spined micrathena, has 5 pairs of black tubercles and a white and black (or yellowish and brown-black) mottled abdomen. Orb weavers, including this one, spin wheel-shaped webs that are usually positioned vertically. This species tends to hang with its "back" toward the ground and the spinnerets pointing upward, with the abdomen looking like a tiny pyramid.

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Spotted Fishing Spider

Dolomedes triton
Spotted fishing spiders live around ponds, slow-moving streams, swampy areas, and other damp places. They are able to run across the surface of water much like water striders and will dive for prey, including small tadpoles or aquatic insects.

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Striped Scorpion

Video of a striped scorpion in the wild.

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Striped Scorpion

Photo of a striped scorpion.

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Striped Scorpion

Centruroides vittatus
Young striped scorpions are pale yellowish brown, usually with two lengthwise dark stripes on the abdomen; older scorpions are uniform dark brown with the stripes faint or lacking.

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Photo of a swift crab spider, female, from above.

Swift Crab Spider (Mecaphesa celer)

The swift crab spider, Mecaphesa celer, has many spiny hairs covering the top of its body and legs, and it often has a light pinkish-tan cast.

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Photo of a swift crab spider, female.

Swift Crab Spider (Mecaphesa celer)

The more obvious differences between foliage crab spiders and other flower crab spiders is that these generally are smaller, and their carapaces, abdomens, and legs are spiny.

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