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Spiders found at Congaree National Park
Black and Yellow Garden Spider (female)
Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) - female
Fishing Spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus). Note: lack of alternating black and white W-shaped marks on the abdomen.
Spined Micrathena (female)
Spined Micrathena (Micrathena gracilis) - female. These spiders are common in mesic hardwood forests.
Spinybacked Orbweaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis)
Southern House Spider (male)
Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) - male. In the family of crevice weavers - the Southern House Spider is one of the most common spiders in the eastern U.S., and is sometimes mistaken for the Brown Recluse Spider.
Spotted Orbweaver (Neoscona domicilorum)
Golden Silk Orbweaver (female)
Golden Silk Orbweaver (Nephila clavipes) - female. The silk of this spider's web is a golden-yellow.