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Orchard Orbweaver Spider

An orchard orbweaver spider, Jekyll Island, GA.
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An orchard orbweaver spider, Jekyll Island, GA.

Leucauge venusta, known as the orchard spider, is a long-jawed orbweaver spider that occurs from southern Canada to Colombia, along the East coast, reaching into the central US ,also in South Asia.The web is often oriented horizontally, with the spider hanging down in the center.

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