Marbled Orbweaver

Araneus marmoreus

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Marbled orbweaver spider in web
The marbled orbweaver, Araneus marmoreus, is sometimes called “pumpkin spider” because its rounded abdomen is sometimes bright orange.
Other Common Name
Pumpkin Spider; Marbled Orb-Weaver
Family

Araneidae (typical orb-weavers) in the order Araneae (spiders)

Description

The marbled orbweaver is a colorful spider whose wide range includes all of the eastern United States. The pattern is variable, and the color can be white, yellow, orange, tan, grayish, or even white, with mottling and spotting of black, brown, or purple. Learn more about the marbled orbweaver and other angulate and roundshouldered orbweavers (Araneus spp.) on their genus page.

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A spider with a large, round, bright orange-yellow abdomen
Marbled Orbweaver spider in Lampe, MO
Habitat and conservation

Females build their wheel-shaped webs among trees and tall weeds in moist woods, often near streams.

Distribution in Missouri

Statewide.