Little jewels of spiders, this species is. Found several of these late one afternoon on a walk in the park.
Trying to take pictures of a very tiny spider, in the shade of trees, in the wind, with the sun setting. Doesn't lend to the best macro images.
Venusta Orchard Spider ( Leucauge venusta )
Body length (excluding legs) of adult female ranges from 4.5-8 mm; adult males range from 3.5-4 mm.
The genus name Leucauge
is Greek for “with a bright gleam,” and it is actually the only spider name created by Charles Darwin himself (Cameron 2005). The specific epithet, venusta
, is Latin for charming, elegant, or beautiful.
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