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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jul 26, 2017 9:40 AM CST
Found this spider in my garden. Normally, I leave the spiders alone but this one is a new one. What type of spider is it? Should it be killed?


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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Jul 26, 2017 10:03 AM CST
Karen it is a Leucauge venusta (Orchard Orbweaver) I believe. To each his own but I don't kill any spiders in my garden I actually encourage them. Most spiders in PA aren't "Poisonous" as in deadly but some can give you a bad reaction. I find if I just leave them alone we co-exist quite fine. I do wear gloves especially around rotting wood and places they can hide.
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Dutchlady1
Jul 26, 2017 11:27 AM CST
I agree
Name: greene
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greene
Jul 26, 2017 12:13 PM CST
I agree; please do not kill the spider. It is doing a good job and working for free. Thumbs up Even if a spider were the 'bad' kind, I would still not kill it. Relocating the spider works better.

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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jul 26, 2017 12:42 PM CST
Many thanks for all the responses. I will leave this guy alone then. Wish his web would catch a few Jap beetles and June bugs. Smiling
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 27, 2017 4:25 PM CST
kousa said: Wish his web would catch a few Jap beetles


If you look online you can find instructions to make DIY Japanese beetle traps. Probably cost less than the ones you buy from the store.

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Jul 27, 2017 4:27 PM CST
luvsgrtdanes said:Karen it is a Leucauge venusta (Orchard Orbweaver) I believe.

UNH-UHH, its a Kileaous Udedous, that can spit a venom forty that will burn right through your skull. Whistling

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