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Spider Photos - Jewelled Spiders

Here's some photos of Jewelled spiders (Gasterocanthinae). For more information on these spiders, click here. For other types of spiders please select a section:

Unidentified Spiders 2005 Unidentified Spiders 2004 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2004 (2)
Unidentified Spiders 2003 Unidentified Spiders 2002 Unidentified Spiders 2001
Spiders in Amber Closeups Jumping Spiders
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30 December, 2004:
Glen, I saw this amazing looking spider outside of my home and had no clue what kind it was but found out on your site from a google search. I have attatched 3 pictures of it. Let me know if you post it to your site.  Thank you for all the information you provided. The spider was found at my home in Houston, TX Charles Tips


7 December, 2004:

First off, love the site! Well attached, please find two pictures of a Jewelled spider I found my yard in Houston, Texas. Kinda spooky looking. Also, the second picture shows her from the side as she was walking on her web. Can you please tell me if these are poisonous? Thanks, David Gian


4 December, 2004:

My husband found this spider in a tree in our backyard in Louisiana. Thought the pics might be good on your site. can you tell us if this spider is harmful to us or our dog? Thank You, Shaunna Martin, New Orleans, LA


8 September, 2004

Hello, I live in Ft.Lauderdale, FL. these pictures were taken outside my living room window a day after hurricane frances passed us by. I watched this brave little spider endure high winds and heavy rain. I got attached to her during these times, I figured as long as she's still hanging there, me and my family would be too.
Miguel P.


23 August, 2004

I found your site, which helped me identify this guy as a "Jewelled Spider". He's living on my apartment balcony here in Houston, Texas, and I first noticed him not long after I moved in at the end of May. He's definitely the coolest looking spider I've ever seen!

13 August, 2004
I found this Spider in the Northern Hills of Thailand. I have asked a friend who is a keen collector who couldn't identify it. I was wondering if you could help?



11 August, 2004
Howdy from Austin Texas. Love your website! I noticed that you called
this critter a "jewelled spider". Here in Texas, where these spiders  live in great profusion, we call'em spinybacked orbweavers  (Gastercantha cancriformis). They come in yellow and red, too. This one
has been living in my deck umbrella since April. It looks pretty wild,
but it's only about 1/2" long.

3 July, 2004
I found this spider after a trip into the rain forest near Tully, Northern Australia. Can you help me identify him
Gary Lane
Technical Director.
Lane Technical Services Pty Ltd
"Professional Technical Support"

23 January, 2004
Found this one on a broken branch with ball moss. Was weaving a web to a potted plant about 2-3 feet away.

See attached! Have a few more if you need 'em. This shot is clear, so you can zoom in a lot.


23 January, 2004
Could you please help us to identify this spider see attachment

Thank you very much

Rie Schreurs
30 Twyford rd

25 September, 2003
This was found in Austin, TX
Jack Barcroft

1 August, 2003
Like Mr. Falkstein we found (and released) Gasteracanthae in our back yard! We were excited to locate you website and identify them. The red one (which we have not seen in any other spider sites) was about half the size of the white one. They were both found in a white ash tree about two feet apart. The white one had a well developed horizontal (like a hammock) web with occasional narrow patches of dense white web about one by one-eighth inch long every three inches or so. They both liked to hang upside down at one end of the web. When releasing the red one, it “played dead” for several minutes before crawling away.
The Marte family
Cypress, Texas

12 July, 2003:
Attached are pictures of a beautiful spider I found in my back yard. It seems to be a female "Gasteracantha cancriformis" (or Hasselt's Spiny Spider Gasteracantha hasseltii).
In all my years in Austin, Texas, I have never before seen a spider like this one.
Frank Falkstein
Austin, Texas USA


12 July, 2003:
Reply: The photos provided by Frank Falkstein (July 12, 2003 (photos show 07/10/2003)), Rich Elsner (October 28, 2002 and 11/6/2001), Jean Taylor (May 2, 2002), Lisa McAnelly (no date provided) are female "Gasteracantha cancriformis" (spinybacked orbweaver). The name, "Gasteracantha elipsoides" (Walckenaer) 1841 is a synonym for the formal name, "Gasteracantha cancriformis" (Linnaeus) 1767." The color of the female's dorsum varies by location. In Florida, the females are usually white with black spots and red spines. In other areas of the US where they can be found, the coloring of the females may vary and includes a yellow dorsum with black spots and black spines.
"Gasteracantha hasseltii" is a similar species that is found in Southeast Asia.

Josh Hillman,

28 October, 2002
Good afternoon Glenda,
Of all your photos (including mine) of the Gasteracantha Elipsoides, none have a good shot of the underside. While walking the woodlands today I found this fine spider with her flip-side towards the sun.  Keep up the great work and the great web site. You are doing a great service for our little eight legged friends. Rich Elsner,
Citrus County, Florida


2 May, 2002:
Interesting site. I'm looking for someone to identify a very interesting and beautiful spider in my yard. I have a good picture of it that I could email to someone. My
husband calls it a "Crab Spider". It does look lik a crab. I'd like to know more about it.
Jean Taylor
Dear Glenda,
This is the spider crab that was in our yard. I hope he returns soon. I haven't seen "him" for a few days, nor a smaller one like him either. This one is about 1/4" across.
Jean Taylor


Good evening Glenda, I'm pleased to see my Orb Weaver spider (the one with the purple star on his back) on your great web site. This morning one of my Florida neighbors called to say that he had an unusual spider on his pool cage screen. I collected the little guy and he now resides in my pool enclosure. He's doing really well and has constructed a new web about 24 by 24 inches.
I'm attaching a macro photo that I made while he was still on the screen. Use the photo if you like. Thanks for the great site and wonderful photographs.
Rich Elsner
Beverly Hills, FL


This spider has been identified as Gasteracantha elipsoides. It is completely harmless. The odd shape and colouring is thought to deter birds from eating these spiders. The six spikes on its abdomen vary from red to black. The middle of the abdomen is usually white but often has yellow patches. Gaseracantha elipsoides can be found from North Carolina to Florida and west to California.

Thanks to Lisa McAnelly
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, US

Here's an answer for Arya:
Dear Glen
I visited your web site. It was quite informative. The photograph sent by Arya A. Sadhana Journalist, the Otosport Weekly, is Gasterocantha geminata, Gasterocanthinae
Dr.M.Ganesh Kumar, Thanks a lot Dr. Kumar
31/05/01 - Dear Glen,
I found your website by generating a search thru a search engine. Amongst all websites about sipders, I think yours is more informative and interactive one. That's why I write you an email. I'm a motor sport journalist in Indonesia. Last week, as I was covering an adventure off-road event thru the Gunung Halimun National Park, I spotted a strange looking little fella. Her web was hanging from a bush to a road sign this road sign was placed to alert the off-roaders from falling off the cliff right underneath the web). About 1 meter above the ground. Since that road sign was place a day before, the web is still fresh.
I wasn't so sure that she was a spider at first. But when I had a closer look thru my camera lens, I'm pretty sure that she was one. What attracted me the most was her extraordinary body shape. I thought it was an insect got caught in the web. Although I have a great concern about wildlife, I have never seen any spiders like this before. The temperature on spot where she was found was between 27 - 32 degree Celsius, in the heart of the National Park. It was pretty damp and humid, since Gunung Halimun (Mount Halimun) is eternally covered with fog (Halimun, in Sundanese language means fog). This little baby moves very fast. And by the time I wanted to took another pic of her, she already disappear. Please find them pictures attached. I'm also sending you several pics of her in separated emails so you can open it up easily. Unfortunately I didn't have my macro lenses with me, so I couldn't get a closer result. Not to mention that the pic of her underneath is kinda shaky (it's pretty hard to kneel down under a spider web - using a normal 28 mm lens - only about few inches before a 15 metres cliff). I'm wondering if you, or anybody can help me identify this little poor baby. I'm afraid that she's might be an endangered species. Please inform me via email, since I travel a lot and don't really have the time to check out
websites. I appreciate your great help and attention. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. All the Best, Arya A. Sadhana, Journalist, the Otosport Weekly
Could be a jewelled spider, any ideas on this one?


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