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Spiny Orb Weaver Spider
Spiny Orb Weaver Spider  

The spiny orb weaver, gasteracantha cancriformis, might be the most common and easily identified spider in Florida. It's small as spiders go but the six bright red spines on abdomen make them easy to spot. The females can be as large as a third of an inch long and a half inch wide. Males are a fraction of that. They range from the southern U.S. to northern Argentina. The Florida edition of the spiny orb weaver has a white abdomen with black spots and the red spines. In other areas, the abdoment might be yellow. Its dinner menue includes flies, white flies, beetles and moths that fly into its web. Yum! Other names include spinybacked orb weaver and crab spider (although it technically is not a crab spider).

Spiny Orb Weaver Spider

 
 
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