Spider Identification

Asked October 12, 2017, 4:43 PM EDT

Is this spider venomous? Please Identify. When I opened my front door this morning (2017 October 12), it was at my eye level. I was able to capture it, and then kill it in alcohol. The BODY is 1/2 inch long, over 1/2 inch wide at its' widest segment (NOT counting leg spread). It has patterns on the abdomen and also on the top of its' body. I will appreciate learning what it is and if it is venomous. Thank You. LVJM

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Aw. We are sorry you didn't just take a photograph of this spider, called a marbled orb weaver.
They are beneficial insects to have in your landscape and are beautiful and harmless.
Spiders are shy, and really don't want to see you any more than you want to see them. They eat many insect pests in the garden.
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The only spider of medical importance found in Maryland is the black widow.