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Giant Lichen Orb Weaver

A male giant lichen orb weaver
Jenn Forman Orth
A male giant lichen orb weaver

Araneus bicentenarius, the giant lichen orbweaver, is a species of orb weaver in the family Araneidae.[1][2][3] It is found in the USA and Canada.

Like most other orb weaver species, Araneus bicentenarius spins large webs up to 8 feet in diameter. While most other species of its genera usually wait for prey upside down in the center of the web, the giant lichen orb weaver spends most time at the edge of the web

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