What has eight, hairy legs and hangs around Silver Lake?

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE — Sandy Driscoll wants to find out the name of this impressive looking spider that she spotted in her backyard:

I photographed this spider spinning a web in my backyard garden this week. Not being able to ID it online, I’m wondering if any of your readers can help? It’s about 1-1.5 inches long.


Photo by Sandy Driscoll

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  1. I have one that climbs up our back house, I named him Frank.

    Araneus diadematus
    Family Araneidae
    “Cross orbweaver,” “Garden spider”

    This spider can become quite imposing in size and density in the late fall. Makes a large vertical orb-web.

    • Erica, Frank’s cousin is 4″ long on my screen. Creepy. Would prefer he not spin his orbs at my place. By any chance, does Frank understand the command, “Stay”? 🙂

  2. I’ve had several people say it’s a (harmless) Wolf Spider!

    • Yes, my boyfriend said it’s a Wolf Spider…they are LARGE. And creepy- just give it a cute name and it will make you feel better.

    • Wolf spiders are mobile predators and don’t spin webs but these close-up images do make this garden orb weaver resemble a wolf spider.

      • Interesting. Even though it doesn’t show in my photos, this spider spins a beautiful web. Days later, he’s still visible every night, sometimes with what looks like a new, updated web! Thanks for all the comments. At least I’ve narrowed it down to two possibilities!

  3. That is an Orb Weaver. They are common in CA. They are very pretty spiders and not a threat to humans.

  4. I think it’s an orb weaver.

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