Leucauge venusta (Walckenaer)
Photo courtesy Jerod Morris, Flomaton, Alabama
October 8, 2009
The Orchard Orb Weaver is also known as Pig Spider. The small creature is a long-jawed orb weaver that occurs from Panama to the East coast of the United States, reaching into the central US. The web is often oriented horizontally, with the spider hanging down in the center. The pink, orange or red spots on the eye 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.