or possibly Neoscona crucifera
or N. Neoscona oaxacensis
Eye arrangement of the Neoscona.
Neoscona arabesca male on Antelope Island. The Island is covered
with them, especially
around the marina. I read here
that there's a longitudinal groove posteriorly
carapace that separates the Neoscona species from other similar
What specific Neoscona is the problem in identification.
© Carol Davis, 7-17-05
showing the spinnerets,
from among the rest because of her bright yellowish
coloring. She absolutely glowed in the afternoon sunlight.
This side view of the male Neoscona arabesca shows the yellow on the
the black pedipalps. Notice the way he holds on to the web. ©
Carol Davis, 7-17-2005
When you walk into a web of this spider on
it's like walking
into nylon string. They have many thick single strands
in the area
so if you, a coyote, or a roaming buffalo walk into one it
warns them you're coming through.
quickly run along
one of their non-sticky web lines and
hide under a leaf or branch.
There are a few varieties of Neoscona in Utah and no one seems to know
spider is which. I have chosen Neoscona arabesca only because I
read it is on
Antelope Island, where I took these photos. The other Neoscona are N.
and N. crucifera.
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