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Arboreal Orb Weaver

Photo of an arboreal orb weaver spider

There are several species of Neoscona and Araneus orb weavers in Missouri, and some of these spiders are difficult to distinguish. They tend to have camouflage patterns, and all make the characteristic, delicate, wheel-shaped "orb" webs as nets for catching prey.

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