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Leucauge venusta

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Orchard spider
Adult female
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Tetragnathidae
Genus: Leucauge
L. venusta
Binomial name
Leucauge venusta
(Walckenaer, 1842)

Leucauge venusta, known as the orchard orbweaver 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.

It is distinctively colored, with leaf-green legs and sides (which can sometimes vary to a dark green or even orange). The underside of its thorax is spotted with yellow and black, the top is silvery with brown and black streaks. The neon yellow, orange or red spots on the rear of the abdomen are variable in size among individuals and sometimes absent.

This species is parasitised by a wasp larva which attaches itself externally at the junction of the cephalothorax and abdomen.[1][full citation needed]

Orchard Spider (Leucauge venusta) - male
Orchard Orbweaver (Leucauge venusta) male and female
Orchard orbweaver (Leucauge venusta) male and female cohabitating

A similar species in the same genus is Leucauge mariana.



  1. ^ BBC "Life in the Undergrowth"/"Intimate Relations"
  • Walckenaer, C. A. 1842. Histoire naturelle des Insects. Aptères. Paris, 2:1-549.

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