Openfield Orbweaver

Araneus pratensis

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Photo of a female openfield orbweaver spider crouching on a plant stalk
The openfield orbweaver, Araneus pratensis, is a common nocturnal orb-weaving spider in Missouri.
David Bruns
Family

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

Description

The openfield orbweaver is a common nocturnal orb-weaving spider in Missouri. Learn more about the openfield orbweaver and other angulate and roundshouldered orbweavers (Araneus spp.) on their genus page.

Size

Length: about ¼ inch (not including the legs); males are smaller than females.