Giant lichen orb weaver makes spectacular appearance

Giant lichen orb weaverOn a recent night walk, we found this beautiful spider, just south of the gazebo in the garden area. Its body was about two inches and it was hanging in the middle of a perfectly symmetrical, enormous web.

The giant lichen orb weaver (Araneus bicentenarius) is in the genus of angulate and round-shouldered orbweavers, because of the bumps on its back. You can see them in this picture – the white, pointy parts.

There doesn’t seem to be much available on Google about this type of spider, but I did find this interesting page:

A Giant Lichen Orb Weaver in Helotes, Texas

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