You don’t have to be walking in the woods or through difficult terrain to see interesting and new animals. Today, here in Sharps Chapel, TN, I spotted a bright orange spider that I had never seen before walking on my regular route on the road.
It was easy enough to find on the Internet. It is called the Marbled Orb Weaver Spider. Here is a link to a site with a lot more photos of Marbled Orb Weaver spiders. I think the photo I took above is as pretty as any of them.
Here is a link to the nicest site I found telling you more about the Orb Weaver spider itself, including its web building style, reproduction, and sexual size dimorphism.
This site has some great photos of the spider that clearly show its eight eyes — four in the center forming a box and a pair on the right and another on the left
No, it is not poisonous. There are only two poisonous spiders in Tennessee — the Brown Recluse spider and the Black Widow spider. See a post I had written back in 2011 with a photo I took of a Black Widow spider in our fire circle.
Life is an Adventure!