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Pumpkin spider, that is.

The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group.  It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you.  Snails, fish, insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers.  All are worthy additions to the bucket.  Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment.  Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located.
Araneus trifolium?
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Spiders and their webs are everywhere at this time of year.  Sometimes, you'll see a bulbous orange spider, looking like a pumpkin, in its web. Not surprisingly, people call them Pumpkin spiders.  

The beauty pictured above showed up in a friend's garage.  My tentative ID by browsing bugguide.net is Araneus trifolium (Shamrock orbweaver).  There are a number of different species in the family Araneidae (Orb Weavers), commonly called Garden spiders, can fit the description of a Pumpkin spider.  Among them, Araneus diadematus (Cross orbweaver or European garden spider) and Araneus marmoreus (Marbled Orbweaver).  I just concentrated on the ones that might show up in the NE corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  

It's your turn - please, fill the bucket.  Do you have spiders in your area that you call Pumpkin spiders?



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