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Real Spooky Orb Weaver Pumpkin Spiders

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Real Spooky Orb Weaver Pumpkin Spiders

Real Spooky Orb Weaver Pumpkin Spiders

Original Halloween Pumpkin Spiders

It just seems so right to be able to share my Pumpkin Spider with the world during the month of Halloween when pumpkins are so popular.

This beautiful spider is actually known by five different names that I know of. She is called the Pumpkin Spider because by Halloween she is at her greatest plumpness for the season. These lovely arachnids are also known as the Shamrock Spider, but I really can not see a resemblance to a shamrock at all. So, that name remains a mystery to me. They are called a Marbled Spider by some people because of the marbled patterns on their abdomens. They are originally European Garden Spiders. Finally, they are known in more formal circles as Araneus Trifolium, now that does sound exotic for an arachnid, and seems like a fitting name for these beautifully decorated spiders.

North American Spiders

The cross shaped orifice is where the spider dispenses silk from.

The cross shaped orifice is where the spider dispenses silk from.

Cross Orb Weaver

The cross orb weaver Pumpkin Spiders specialize in trapping their prey in an ornate web they build fresh each day.

Actually, the spiders eat their webs every night to recycle the silk to reuse for another web. I am sure their prey must feel better by being caught in a freshly made web, rather than an old tattered one.

Spider On Side of House Photo



Shamrock Orbweaver Spider

Fall is the best time of year to get to see the Shamrock or Pumpkin Spider in your own backyard. They may have been there all summer long and went unnoticed because they do start out as little baby spiders. If they find a good spot to catch prey, they do not wander around too much and stay in pretty much the same area. You may have to look for them a little because they do hide under cover so as not to be eaten by spider loving predators. My little beauty prefers to tuck herself under the corner trim of the siding or under a leaf.


Not Poisonous To Humans

I am not one to handle spiders, even if I do admire them from a step or two away to take pictures of them.

  • Pumpkin Spiders do have venom.
  • They are not poisonous to humans though they may bite.
  • Interestingly, the female is more likely to bite than the male.
  • Also, the female is larger than the male.
  • If the Pumpkin Spider does bite, about 80% of the time, it is what is considered to be a dry bite with no waste of precious venom.

Araneus Trifolium

Araneus trifolium

Araneus trifolium

My Spooky Halloween Pumpkin

My little Pumpkin was on the move as I took pictures of her, so there is a little blurriness on the photos. I wanted to show both sides of the spider. The beautiful pattern on the abdomen is a sight to see and may be in many different variations of color and patterns. I am glad I got to see and watch this marbles spider.


I also wanted to share a picture of the underside of this spider because of the opportunity to see the spinneret, which can be clearly seen in the first picture above. The spinneret is the organ that is used by these arachnids to spin the silk for making those beautiful spider webs.

Orange Spider

Eight Eyes Is Spooky!

My real spooky looking Halloween Pumpkin Spider seemed to be oblivious of me as I took pictures while it worked on a web.

It has a standard set of eight eyes but has poor eyesight. Most orb weaver spiders rely on vibrations to know when insects have been captured in a silk web.

My Marbled Spider Photo

Spider with striped legs.

Spider with striped legs.


I certainly do enjoy seeing some of the intricately designed spider's webs that orb weaver spiders produce, especially when they are covered with dew and glistening in the light. I also appreciate that orb weavers do help in keeping some of the flying insect populations down, such as mosquitoes and flies.

I did not measure my little garden spider, but I would say that my Pumpkin Spider would cover the surface of an American silver dollar with all its feet touching the edges of the coin.

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We can remove spiders from our home or garden without harming them. If you do not want to handle arachnids, then I do recommend using a Spider Catcher.

Garden Spider Web

Garden Spider

Garden Spider

Spider Anatomy

What Makes Me Interested In Spiders

You may be wondering why I have an interest in spiders. I can not say that they are a main interest of mine. However, about a year ago, I moved back to the country to live with and assist my Mom and all wildlife seems to be almost magical to me. Yes, even spiders!

Sometimes I do know the common names of spiders. At other times, I have to do some research, and that is what happened with my Pumpkin Spider.

I got a Canon PowerShot camera some years ago and started practicing macro photography of flowers and insects, snakes, birds and spiders, and many other topics of interest. I do my research so that I can write educational articles to earn money online, and this article is published on HubPages.

I do enjoy observing wildlife and nature, and outdoor photography. Several times orb weavers have modeled for my photo shoots.

Spiders are spooky to many people, and snakes are scary, too. I thought it would be fun to write an article about my Pumpkin Spider in the month of October for the Halloween season.

Thank you for reading my article, and may all of your holidays be happy ones, not spooky.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Pumpkin Spider Meme

Halloween Pumpkin Spider Meme

Guest Comments

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on November 05, 2016:

Hi Peggy. We enjoyed Halloween with candy treats especially for my Mom, as she has a sweet tooth.

Thank you for for coming by, its always a pleasure to read your comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2016:

You certainly do take excellent close up photos Susie! Halloween was just last night and many people like to decorate with artificial spider webs. No artificial one can ever replicate the sheer beauty of those made by spiders. Hope you had a nice Halloween. We had such cute kids come to our door this year! Sharing once again.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 25, 2016:

Patrica, nice to see your comment, thank you for coming by. I had a Pumpkin Spider on me this summer and didn't know what it was till after I knocked it to the ground. Then, I felt sorry that I had been too rough, it crawled off on its own, so I hope it didn't get hurt.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 25, 2016:

Clearly you were very patiently when photographing your little Pumpkin because the shots are excellent. I have not seen one of these and I do look for spiders when I am out because of Charlotte (in Charlotte's Web fame)....and the amazing webs they create. NO.....I never handle them...admiring them from afar, only.

Angels are once again on the way ps

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on September 19, 2015:

Sorry it is taking me so long to get to my comments. Thank you for stopping by newbizmau and Phyllis Doyle. - Kudos!

Maurice Glaude from Mobile on August 26, 2015:

They are pretty to look at from a distance.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on June 25, 2015:

Its great for kids to catch and observe spiders and things and to release them back to where they were. A magnifying glass can open up a whole new world just like macro photography has for me, Suzanne.

Thank you for visiting. - Kudos!

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on June 24, 2015:

The orange Pumpkin spider in the video shows me why it's named Pumpkin spider! I agree with you on the Shamrock name, cannot see that one at all. There are so many garden spiders out there, I want to go do some macro photography of them! I think their shape is cute and my son likes trying to collect them in jars to observe but I make him put them back when he's finished.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 25, 2015:

Deb, I like spiders that give me my space, and I will respect their space as well. Aw, not in my bathroom over winter though, but they can winter over in the basement if they are nice. - Thanks for visiting!

DebMartin on March 25, 2015:

Stunning spiders, Susie. I love spiders but will only handle them if they want to crawl on me. I try to shoo then outside when I can but I've had a few winter over in the bathroom on occasion.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 21, 2015:

Phyllis, I hear you on those Wolf Spiders, we have them here too. As long as they aren't being aggressive, they get to live another day.

Thank you for coming by to visit. - Kudos.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 20, 2015:

Patrica, so mice to see stop by to check out a spooky spider. It is an interest colorful one that I enjoyed learning about.


Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on March 20, 2015:

I am not a fan of spiders, but this is an interesting hub. Both my kids have arachnophobia, so I was always the "spider catcher" in our house. I let the spider crawl onto a paper towel then take it out to the garden. Now, living in Nevada, I have to face the Wolf spiders - they have a very vicious bite. I capture them in a jar, put the lid on and take them out to the little mountain... sorry, I could ramble on and on with stories of these wolf spiders who are big enough to put on a leash.

Voted up and shared.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 20, 2015:

Not sure which I like being confronted with less...a snake or a spider. but this one is A M A Z I N G...I have never seen one. I think I could suffer through the spine tingling just to see one up close.


Voted up up and away Shared Pinned

Know that Angels are on the way this afternoon

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 11, 2015:

Thank you for the kindness, Peggy.

Sheila, I am not a fan of spiders either. I do like photographing just about anything though. - Thank you.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 07, 2015:

I really don't like spiders, any spiders! We have tarantulas here at our place in the country and hubby knows when my spider alarm goes off. HONEY...SPIDER!!! For a spider, he is very pretty though.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2015:

Took another look at this hub of yours and realized that I did not pin it the first time. Mission accomplished plus will tweet and G+ as well.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 01, 2015:

Yikes, one of these the size of my fist would freak me right out. We really do not have large spiders in northern MN. About the largest I ever see is Wolf Spiders that the size of a quarter.

I can relate to that dance, done it a few times myself. It is funny!

Thank you, Amie!

Amie Says on February 01, 2015:

In bayou country in LA, we have orb spiders as big as your hand that build webs all the way across the roads through the back country. It's funny when someone runs into one of them and does the spiderweb dance!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 27, 2015:

Sally, macro photography is a fun hobby. Its always nice to have a model that will sit still long enough to get some clear shots. Your photos I have seen so far, are beautiful. - Thank you!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on January 26, 2015:


Enjoyed reading about your spiders. They really are rather fascinating creatures and I do enjoy taking photos of them too. The macro lens really dose reveal some amazing things.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 10, 2015:

Sandy, there is just something about a spider being creepy.

Thanks you.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on January 09, 2015:

These spiders would sure be creepy to see. I will ask sandypsider what she would think.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on December 21, 2014:

Lorelei, I am glad if these photos and information about the Pumpkin Spiders has helped you ID some creepy crawly critters.

Thank you, and Happy Holidays!

Lorelei Cohen on December 21, 2014:

This past fall we discovered two yellow striped spiders (one inside and one outside the home). I had never seen them before and was worried what they may be and if they were poisonous. I am thinking that this little lady may be the same one haunting our home. Thanks for the help with this. I feel a little safer now.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on December 18, 2014:

Thank you, Pawpawwrites.

Those little Canon PowerShots are nice for macro photography.

Jim from Kansas on December 17, 2014:

Loved the photos.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on November 19, 2014:

Marlene, thank s for stopping by and reading about this interesting spider.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 18, 2014:

Spiders are spooky to me. I try not to look at them, but I do admire their ability to make such intricate webs. I learned a lot about the Pumpkin Spider reading your hub. It's interesting how creatures get their name, with this one getting its name because it begins to appear more plump during Halloween time.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on November 14, 2014:

Dilip, thank you for the nice compliment on the spider hub.

That is appreciated.

Dilip Chandra from India on November 13, 2014:

So perfectly written with pictures and this is the first time i am reading about this spider.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on November 07, 2014:

Glad you like the article, prasetio30. Arachnophobia is very real to many people. - Thank you!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 07, 2014:

I am phobia with spider. But your article is colorful. I really enjoy reading your hub without seeing the pictures. Good job and voted up!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on November 07, 2014:

Hi Peggy. I really couldn't see how decorative this Pumpkin Spider is until I viewed the photos on my computer. It has nice designs.

Thank you for the visit, and kudos. Appreciated.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 07, 2014:

I must admit that the pumpkin spider is a beauty! Thanks for introducing me to it and telling me more about it. Up votes and will share.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on November 07, 2014:

Mary, I am in full agreement with you, m'dear. I do like to keep my distance, but I like practicing macro photography too. If spiders do not seem aggressive, they just might get their pictures taken if they will stay still enough. What can I say. No spiders as pets here.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 06, 2014:

This is the first time I have seen this kind of spiders. Even if they're not poisonous, I don't want to have encounters with them.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on November 05, 2014:

Cute comments, Shyron. Thank you for coming by and for sharing. I'll stop by after high coffee hour. - Blessing to you!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 05, 2014:

Susie, as the old saying/song goes, I don't like spiders and snakes and that aint what it takes. But your hub is very interesting.

Voted up, UAI amd shared.


Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on November 03, 2014:

I was fascinated by this spider, as you can tell. It got it's own hub.

Thank you for a nice comment and the share, Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 03, 2014:

Absolutely fascinating. Great pictures and nice hub on these spiders. We have the common garden type. Passing this on.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 31, 2014:

Melanie, I am glad you like the article about the Pumpkin Spider. It sure did fascinate me to watch it's behavior for days and weeks. I'll stop by to read one of your articles this evening. - I love Pinterest.

Melanie Wilcox from Pennsylvania, USA on October 31, 2014:

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great article. Some of my favorite articles are those that help to dispel fears toward creepy crawlies. I happen to love the whole arthropod world and this includes spiders.

This is my first time hearing about the pumpkin spider. I'm so used to spiders that this little one looks pretty cute to me. However, I respect and know that others might go flying off their chairs upon only seeing a photo on the screen.

Again, thanks for the article. :) -by the way, came across the article through Twitter to Pinterest to HubPages :)

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 31, 2014:

You just brought back good memories for me when I homeschooled my kids. Those little experiments were and are still fascinating to me with these little creepy crawly creatures. Thank you for sharing that, Au fait.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 27, 2014:

Mary, I am just glad that you and your dog are both okey. Spiders are not popular with me, but I saw a chance to get photos and to study the nature of this little Pumpkin. Thank you.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 27, 2014:

As you know I was bitten by a spider and so was my little dog. So spiders are not on my popular list right now. This spider is very pretty, and I'm glad he is not poisonous. Your photography is just outstanding, too.

Voted UP, etc.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 19, 2014:

@jandee, I was amazed to see this spider eating it's web so that it could reuse the silk again. Thank you for stopping by. :)

jandee from Liverpool.U.K on October 19, 2014:

How super are your spider snaps ! If one didn't like the spider before the reading of it, they certainly would afterwards..amazing was the eating of their webs info...

best regards ,jandee

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 17, 2014:

Elsie Hagley, nice to see your comment m'dear. Thank you for the kind comment, that's just like you.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 17, 2014:

CherylsArt, now there's a thought. Sometimes I do wish all spider ate their webs. Nothing like getting a face fill of web. :)

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on October 15, 2014:

Nice hub. First time I've seen a pumpkin spider, it looks very pretty for a spider. Nice photos, but you always did have nice clear ones. Great to see you are writing again, missed you.

CherylsArt on October 15, 2014:

They do sound interesting. All spiders should perhaps eat their webs each night, hehe.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2014:

I read on your bio-page that you do eat chickens, but I bet you do not eat spiders, especially not Pumpkin Spiders. teehee :)

Thank you, Writer Fox

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on October 12, 2014:

In your pictures, it really does look like this spider is carrying a pumpkin on its back. I'm surprised that we don't read more about this spider on Halloween. Seems like teachers would just love your article to present in their classrooms. Enjoyed and Voted up!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 10, 2014:

Thank you for the compliment, CrisSp. Nice of you to stop by to visit. :)

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on October 10, 2014:

Very interesting and great images but no thanks, I don't like spiders not even spider man. :)

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 09, 2014:

From what I have read, the Araneus originally came from Europe. My guess is that they hitched a ride here to the United States. There about 600 different species and can be found pretty much anywhere.

Thank you, orandze.

orandze from Pittsburgh on October 09, 2014:

Really nice hub. Those spiders are freaky and cool. Where do they primarily live? I'm wondering if there are any near me :D

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 09, 2014:

Billy, thank you for sharing my pumpkin spider with your relatives. I am not really into the Halloween holiday, but I have friends who go all out that day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 09, 2014:

Well that's a great idea. I'm passing this on to relatives who are really into Halloween.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 08, 2014:

Pat, thank you. I am surprised this hub is #4 in Education and Science today, and #1 in Life Science. Who knew?

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on October 08, 2014:

You're braver than I when it comes to spiders, but I do admire your wonderful photographs and interesting descriptions of these spiders.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 08, 2014:

Spiders creep my out, but I can get comfortable photographing them if they are not aggressive. Its always nice if the model will stay still, this spider was on the move though. - Thank you, Karen.

Karen from U.S. on October 08, 2014:

I am NOT a spider fan, but you made this page very interesting to read. Your photos of the pumpkin spider are excellent.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 08, 2014:

Oops, I meant silk string! :)

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 07, 2014:

Chris, nice of you to swing by on a silk sting. Great to see your comment m'dear. Thank you!

Chris Humphreys on October 07, 2014:

I see you're back spinning works of art with your posts my friend. You're so good at it!

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