Triangular Orb Weaver

While hiking one of the trails at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center (Blue Springs, Missouri), we came upon several orb weaving spiders. This little guy, a Triangulate Orb Weaver (Verrucosa arenata) was a real find. I’ve only seen these a couple of times previously. With a light wind blowing down the pathway, it was very difficult to get any good photos. Here was about the best I could capture:

Triangulate Orb Weaver spider

The Triangulate Orb Weaver is most commonly found in late summer and fall, on woodland hikes. The spider’s abdomen is covered with a triangle of color, and can be white, pink or yellow in color. This spider is Missouri’s only orb weaver that rests centered in it’s web, head-up instead of head-down. It is believed the Triangulate Orb Weaver resides statewide in woodlands.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/50 sec.



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