Pests and Diseases forum: Neon green spider

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Name: Angie
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Hemophobic
Jul 22, 2013 7:32 PM CST
I have never seen a spider like this before, but this morning it was on one door of my car. It positively glowed!

Any help IDing would be great!

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OldGardener
Jul 22, 2013 9:26 PM CST

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My guess would be that it is Araneus cingulatus. If so, it is believed to be non-toxic to people but it is known to attempt to eat its partner after mating. http://askanaturalist.com/what-is-this-martha%E2%80%99s-vine... has more info on this spider.
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OldGardener
Jul 22, 2013 9:44 PM CST

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There is a photo of A. cingularis that looks very similar to your spider here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/135203

I hope this helps Smiling
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Name: Angie
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Hemophobic
Jul 24, 2013 6:56 AM CST
Old Gardener, I believe you're spot on! Is it unusual? Have I had a very special visitor? As I said, I've never seen one like this.
Maybe it's just so well camouflaged in grass and shrubs.

Thank you very much.

Angie
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OldGardener
Jul 25, 2013 12:36 PM CST

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Hi Angie,

I apologize for not responding sooner but I have had a very difficult time learning more about your spider. All I have found is that it lives primarily along the Eastern half of the US from West Virginia down but there really doesn't seem to be a lot more known about this guy. I would say, though, that you have a very special guest indeed. His/her coloration is spectacular!
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lovemyhouse
Jul 25, 2013 1:26 PM CST
I agree
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Angie
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Hemophobic
Jul 25, 2013 1:53 PM CST
Hey, y'all! Thanks for responding, OG. The coloring is what caught my eye or I would have probably missed it entirely. I feel blessed indeed when I get
a special visitor. Haven't seen any praying mantises yet, although we saw several egg cases in our shrubbery, so I keep hoping.
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