The Ornamental Orb Weaver is part of the family Araneidae, a family renowned for their orb-weaving habit. This species, unlike others in its genus, often builds its web in shrubs and bushes rather than human-made structures. It also seems to be less associated with open-water habitats. During the daytime these beauties hide in a silk retreat, but if you’re lucky, like Heather, you may get to see one! The Ornamental is common over much of the northern portion of the continent south to California and Virginia, less common in the southern portion of its range.

Size: Female 5.5 – 11.0 mm; Male 5.8 – 6.5 mm 

Photo by: Heather McKee on 8/28/22 near Polson, MT