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Old 01-05-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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Many of these were found in an area of dense mangrove growth near the beach between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita today. Because of the webs, it must be made by some kind of spider I guess. What is it?

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:52 PM   #2
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Here's another shot

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Old 01-05-2011, 09:32 PM   #3
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Many of these were found in an area of dense mangrove growth near the beach between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita today. Because of the webs, it must be made by some kind of spider I guess. What is it?Attachment 21927
I must admit that I have never seen anything exactly like this. My first impression was that it might be the work of an orb weaving spider in the genus Cyclosa (trashline spiders), but their 'beadwork' (remains of past meals along with egg sacs) tends to be less symmetrical - see http://ecoglimpse.com/wp-content/gal...om-ceiling.jpg for n example. I'll have to do some more thinking on this one...
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:51 PM   #4
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Wow! I've stumped you??? Cool! You may have to make a business trip to south Florida!

Strands had varying numbers of sacs, but were in close proximity to each other.
Here are some more shots plus one of the setting where there were found

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I get these here in Virginia.

Species Mecynogea lemniscata - Basilica Orbweaver - BugGuide.Net

Species Mecynogea lemniscata - Basilica Orbweaver - BugGuide.Net
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:20 AM   #6
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That looks like it!

I posted it to Bugguide last night and it was answered by this morning too!

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