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Really scary poisonous (I think) Spider I found...

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    Exclamation Really scary poisonous (I think) Spider I found...

    Hi all!

    I just HAD to share a picture of this ridiculously scary-looking spider we found outside yesterday (we're in Woodstock, Illinois...pretty rural area). We were actually out looking for toads, and we did find some...and then we found THIS!!! Does anyone know what kind of spider this is?

    I'm guessing its something seriously poisonous by its amazing yellow and black coloration on its body. Look at those markings!!! It literally looks like a voodoo mask.

    The spider is about 2.5" long including his legs. YIKES!!! I took these pictures by dangling my camera off the end of a hanger...no way in heck was I going to stick my hands anywhere near this badboy!!!! I get the chills just looking a the picture, eek!!
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    Not poisonous..

    It's a Zipper Spider. I think they're really cool. (Look at the zipper in the web.)

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    ..one more thing..

    I think the only poisonous spiders in the U. S. are the black widow and brown recluse.

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    Black-and-Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia) catch large insects in their sturdy webs, including grasshoppers and butterflies. They are harmless to humans.
    Appearances can be deceiving!
    This is a great picture by the way!

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    I think it is the spider in the article on this page, the St. Andrews Cross Spider.

    Spiderzrule

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    Wow, thank you for this information!! I feel better knowing that its not poisonous...and I KNEW that you guys would know what it was!! This forum is the best

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    He looks really fat and well-fed too! (Must be a prime insect location.)

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    LOL. My little nieces and nephews feed these guys every time they can find one. They catch grasshopers and throw up into the web. The love to watch the spider wrap the insect in a web blanket. My mom hates them and they seem to love to build in her flower beds near the door where the kids can see them. LOL.

    Great shot!

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    Actually, to be accurate, they ARE poisonous (have venom) -- just about all spiders are. HOWEVER they are not the least bit dangerous to humans (again true for most spiders). That is likely the female. In most of the garden orb weavers there is a major sexual dimorphism (very different appearance between males vs females) For the garden orbs the most obvious difference tends to be size. Females are very large but the males are ridiculously small in comparison-- often with a leg span of 2 cm or less)

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    I guess it would be a "she" then. I knew you would give us a very accurate scientific appraisal.



    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Actually, to be accurate, they ARE poisonous (have venom) -- just about all spiders are. HOWEVER they are not the least bit dangerous to humans (again true for most spiders). That is likely the female. In most of the garden orb weavers there is a major sexual dimorphism (very different appearance between males vs females) For the garden orbs the most obvious difference tends to be size. Females are very large but the males are ridiculously small in comparison-- often with a leg span of 2 cm or less)

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