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Araneus marmoreus

Common Name: Marbled Orb-weaver
Araneus marmoreus
Araneus marmoreus

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Araneus
Species: Araneus marmoreus

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The marbled orb-weaver is between 1/4 - 1/2" in length, and yellow to orange in color. They have black markings and banded legs.

Habitat & Range

They live in fields, tall grass, and shrubs throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. They may also live forests, particularly along edges with fields.


Marbled orb-weavers will build large circular webs to catch insects for their food. Their webs are built towards the top of shrubs and grasses.

Life Cycle

Marbled orb-weavers mate in late summer and then lay their eggs. The eggs hatch the next spring and the young with become adults by July.

These spiders die after mating season, and their life span is about 6 months.

Featured image by James Dake


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