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June 16, 2009


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This is my guess....
is it a Orchard Spider??
Here is an image that I found
for you...:

It could be a yellow-black garden spider with a egg sack...
But it does not have the green
legs and no red is showing...
Maybe the red is her spinner?
sort of like this spider?

What ever spider she is she is
beautiful. And you did an amazing
job of capturing and honoring her
on fabric.
The kids have had fun too looking
at your spiders of fiber!
Thank you Margie,
Rane and all the Kiddos.


Woooooow ! Such another amazing, beautiful and instructive post you offer to us, Margie. My kids will love it and it will probably inspire some new drawings, copying them from books, observing them in their natural setting in the countryside this summer or inventing new species of spiders ...
Thank you for this fantastic giveaway ! I'm sure we'll all want to be frightened by your marvellous creatures ...
For the moment, I should say your embroidered spider is a Argiope aurantia, because of its yellow back, but it would be too easy ... So, the question needs to be examined in more detail with my kids after school ...


Everybody knows that's a rare 'Brightly-Bottomed Twinkletoes Spider'!


Is it a bird eating spider?

Jessie Hansen

I have no idea about species names, but I would call your spider Allison. I was thinking it looked more like an Alice, but since that is the name of the unborn in my womb You can't have it. You fascinate me, Margie.

Mathyld / encore petite

Your spiderweb is perfect !

As for the mystery spider ... Wouldn't it be an ...
"Araignée Lys-Tigré" / "Tiger-Lilly Spider" ?

Maybe this wee spider get "pollenised" by this lilly : http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1176/835350996_219290ed96.jpg?v=0 !
What do you think ? ;)
x x x


They are Araneus Diadematus also known as European Garden Spiders.

Karen Holly

Araneus Catabaei -- I also think it looks a lot like spider lilies =)

I like to read your blog at work; it makes me feel better for being stuck in the basement during June.

Karen Salva

"Diligentis Weavatorius Spectacularum"

Ok, now I need to go dig up my old pictures of the spider webs I have.

Love the sun flare you caught in the first picture!


Leucauge venusta
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Orchard spider)

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Arachnida

Order: Araneae

Suborder: Araneomorphae

Family: Tetragnathidae

Genus: Leucauge

Species: L. venusta

Binomial name
Leucauge venusta
(Walckenaer, 1842)

The Orchard spider (Leucauge venusta) is a long-jawed orbweaver spider that occurs from southern Canada to Panama, along the East coast, reaching into the central US. The web is often oriented horizontally, with the spider hanging down in the center.

The neon yellow, orange or red spots on the rear of the abdomen are variable in size among individuals and sometimes absent.

This species is parasitised by a wasp larva which attaches itself externally at the junction of the cephalothorax and abdomen.

Ok we looked it up on Wiki for you

that was our Science for today,
the class was amazed and
I think surprized by just how
many spiders there are out there.

Leah... was horrified, she hates
bugs and creapy crawlers.

You did not say one entry per
person so we all wanted to resurch
it better and now that we see
where this spider lives and the
young you showed we are even
more sure of our guess... or
it may be the garden spider...hmm.
Hehehe.... we think you should
name her Jade... just because of
the bit of green on her legs.
They are very important to her,
and wow does she have beautiful
long legs.LOL!
Thank you Margie for a new Science
project... I think I am going to
have them Draw her too.
Loads of love,
Rane and kids.


It is a Red-Bellied Fern-Weaver. Just because.


She's a gorgeous Orchard spider, given name Countess Aemilia Sophia le Tisserand.


It's beautiful to use such the hole for a new spider.


I am thinking argiope appensa -

and here is another image of an argiope I found, which first got me going on my research of this genus -

If you know Margie, I would love to learn what it is after everyone has made their guesses!


After looking up pictures of various orb weavers, I happened upon a site that shut my computer down!

Is it's name not Dangle?

I, too, would love to hear it's true name. :D


Lovely article on webs and their beauty! I think the eggs are from an orb weaver spider, but the embroidered spider on your hanky is either an orb-weaver or garden spider , according to photos on the web. However, it looks like it is dancing on the flowers, so let's call it "Flower Dancer." Thank you for sharing with us!


"...It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them—ever tirelessly speeding them."

I love this project! An example of beauty found in an unlikely place- so great.


I'm going to have to guess that she's a Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata), although that seems like a too-obvious-for-a-Margie-science-quiz answer! Also, the green on the legs throws me off, as I've never seen one of them with green bands.

The work is beautiful.

Did you see Bill's blog today? The first photo seemed like an illustration for your e.e. cummings poem from yesterday!


I love the vintage hankie.
And the spider is gorgeous.
Could she be called
Flossy Stripopolis?

Melissa R

I just looked up a list of spider names, without looking at pictures I picked a nice name from the list.
Here is my pick for your spider:
Cicurina baronia Gertsch (Dictynidae) - Robber Baron Cave Meshweaver
I like all parts of it.. Robber Baron is so cool, Cave is spooky, and meshweaver is so you :)


Beautiful spiders....beautiful art. I wonder why you are drawn to spiders (both being weavers and artists?).

My guess is marbled orb weaver.



The cocoon of the pirate spider is gorgeous, with that copper thread. I love your embroidered spiders, too; so delicate and colorful. You have made such a creative web--your inventiveness is wonderful.


i would call her the 'Yellow-Bellied Droplet' spider! but whatever her name, your tribute to her is divine...


Ooh Margie, I wish I wasn't so short on time, otherwise I'd have had such a great time spending time looking for these beauties' names. But I can't, so I'll let all these lovely ladies give their own guess. :) Your art itself is a gift for everyone, thanks a lot Margie. xoxo


Her name is Arabella, and she comes from a distinguished matriarchal line of spinners, recognized by wise women and shamans throughout time.

They say that if a weaver stays in the luminous liminal realm of work where time fades, then Arabella may drop down a line to rest lightly on your shoulder to whisper her secrets to you in a silvery voice.

They also say those who have met Arabella are forever changed by the experience and will never sew or embroider the same again.


I'm terribly afraid of spiders... but I believe it is a black and yellow garden spider, Argiope, a member of the orb weaver family...

If I were to give her a name, I would call her Ophelia.


Athene èpeire ...is the name I would give your spider. I found out some interesting things looking up information on these wonders of nature.
Several years ago we were visited by orb weavers...there seemed to be thousands of them that year. Each morning we would go outside to find the pecan trees and the other fruit trees iced with so may webs and there was always dew on them...when the sun would begin to shine on the trees they looked as if glittery jewels were sprinkled all over them! What a time my kids and I had tip-toeing around the yard and the neighbors yards checking out all that work and beauty!
Beautiful hankie you have made and yes I was able to spot spiders in two of your photos.
Thanks for the giveaway Margie and the fun!


Oh,I know this beauty pretty well. It´s an arachnis pienatalentus. Her popular name here is Aranha Talentosa de Barriga Amarela, in english would be Yellow Belly Talented Spider. Usually, she builds her web where it's plenty of creativity, because this is her main source of food. She has a special gift too, it´s the only spider species that loves to share what she makes and has been a great source of inspiration for some of us.

Thanks for the giveaway!!

hugs from sunny Brazil


Ah your little beauty is the LadyElaine weaver spider - see the Lady of Shallot by Tennyson
LOL Caroline

Allison L.

How about the Long-legged Citrus Spider? They certainly do look like little lemon drops when first hatched! And then they grow into yellow and orange creatures with lime-banded legs--simply stunning. Your embroidery is gorgeous!
I had such a fun time searching for different spiders online. I never realized what a varied arachnid world there is out there.
Thank you for the inspiration!

Ashley Lee

I'm guessing this is an orchard spider. I think it might be a Mabel Orchard Spider; Scientific name: Leucauge mabelae; or a Venusta Orchard Spider; Scientific name: Leucauge venusta.


I'm going to call this fanciful fellow a Parrot Spider. I'm currently working on getting past my squirms for spiders as my 2 year old son is fascinated. They ARE fascinating.

Susan Elliott

I hope I'm still in time...I just found your blog this evening while I couldn't sleep...I LOVE THE WAY you think and the paths that you choose to follow...I've added you to my reading list and will be back...very very inspirational!

isabel f.

How about the Latrodectus mactans??
known as Black Widow Spider :)))
am I still in time ? :)))


I think it's a silk spindle spider of the embroiderachnider species. And she looks like a Queen to me.


I think her name should be Anansita. A cute, simple name for a beautiful, wild looking spiderette.




I started off to find a name and got side tracked by the Arabella and Anita two European Garden spiders that went with Space Lab 3 in 1973. I'm inspired by both their adaptibility and their difficulty in adapting to a different environment.

So I want to call your spider Space Dangler.


It's a Lemon Yellow Racer, to me.


After a few searches, we bet on Abby's answer : the argiope appensa (or epeire appensa).
We had fun to read that this is a female who reaches 7 centimeters while her hubby reaches only 2 centimeters ...
In any case, your embroidered spider is the most talented web spinner !
It was interesting to see, on your link, the pattern of the web and the film of its construction. Such clever creatures !
Wouldn't you want to try, Margie, to spin a stone on the spider way ?


I have no idea what kind of spider it is. But your post is lovely. What unique and creative ideas you have! Thank you for sharing your creations with us.


Well, I don't know the name of the spider but it sure is beautiful! I love to see spider webs in my garden. I find inspiration in them; a spider's web is, in part, like a woman - beautiful, but strong. ;)


It looks like a Yellow Garden spider (or its cousin, the White-backed Garden spider).
Orb-weaver spiders are so fascinating.

I even love the term "orb-weaver" - it sounds so mystical.


Really a great idea! Since my son loves spiders and insect, i can´t stop collecting them. A friend painted a t-shirt size 128 for him, i have cut stamps with bugs, bought spider-buttons but this.... it is great to hang on the wall or.....

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