Leucauge

This is a genus of around 165 spider species. The research about the genus is still being carried on. Well known members of the genus are black-striped orchard spiders and orchard orb-weavers.

Leucauge Spider

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Leucauge abbajae Leucauge abyssinica Leucauge acuminata
Leucauge albomaculata Leucauge amanica Leucauge analis
Leucauge annulipedella Leucauge apicata Leucauge arbitrariana
Leucauge argentea Leucauge argenteanigra Leucauge argentina
Leucauge argyra Leucauge argyrescens Leucauge argyroaffinis
Leucauge argyrobapta Leucauge atrostricta Leucauge aurocincta
Leucauge auronotum Leucauge aurostriata Leucauge badiensis
Leucauge beata Leucauge bituberculata Leucauge blanda
Leucauge bontoc Leucauge branicki Leucauge brevitibialis
Leucauge cabindae Leucauge camelina Leucauge camerunensis
Leucauge capelloi Leucauge caucaensis Leucauge caudata
Leucauge celebesiana Leucauge clarki Leucauge comorensis
Leucauge conifera Leucauge cordivittata Leucauge crucinota
Leucauge curta Leucauge decorata Leucauge digna
Leucauge ditissima Leucauge dorsotuberculata Leucauge dromedaria
Leucauge emertoni Leucauge eua Leucauge fasciiventris
Leucauge festiva Leucauge fibulata Leucauge fishoekensis
Leucauge formosa Leucauge fragilis Leucauge frequens
Leucauge funebris Leucauge gemminipunctata Leucauge granulata
Leucauge hasselti Leucauge hebridisiana Leucauge henryi
Leucauge idonea Leucauge ilatele Leucauge insularis
Leucauge iraray Leucauge isabela Leucauge japonica
Leucauge kibonotensis Leucauge lamperti Leucauge lechei
Leucauge lehmannella Leucauge leprosa Leucauge levanderi
Leucauge linyphia Leucauge liui Leucauge loltuna
Leucauge lombokiana Leucauge longimana Leucauge longipes
Leucauge longula Leucauge macrochoera Leucauge mahabascapea
Leucauge mahurica Leucauge malkini Leucauge mammilla
Leucauge margaritata Leucauge mariana Leucauge medjensis
Leucauge mendanai Leucauge meruensis Leucauge mesomelas
Leucauge moerens Leucauge moheliensis Leucauge nagashimai
Leucauge nanshan Leucauge nicobarica Leucauge nigricauda
Leucauge nigrocincta Leucauge nigrotarsalis Leucauge obscurella
Leucauge opiparis Leucauge papuana Leucauge parangscipinia
Leucauge pinarensis Leucauge polita Leucauge popayanensis
Leucauge prodiga Leucauge profundifoveata Leucauge pulcherrima
Leucauge pusilla Leucauge quadrifasciata Leucauge quadripenicillata
Leucauge regnyi Leucauge reimoseri Leucauge roseosignata
Leucauge rubripleura Leucauge rubrotrivittata Leucauge ruwenzorensis
Leucauge sabahan Leucauge saphes Leucauge scalaris
Leucauge semiventris Leucauge senegalensis Leucauge severa
Leucauge signiventris Leucauge simplex Leucauge soeensis
Leucauge speciosissima Leucauge spiculosa Leucauge splendens
Leucauge stictopyga Leucauge striatipes Leucauge subadulta
Leucauge subblanda Leucauge subgemmea Leucauge superba
Leucauge synthetica Leucauge taczanowskii Leucauge taiwanica
Leucauge talagangiba Leucauge tanikawai Leucauge tellervo
Leucauge tengchongensis Leucauge tessellata Leucauge tetragnathella
Leucauge thomeensis Leucauge tredecimguttata Leucauge tristicta
Leucauge tupaqamaru Leucauge turbida Leucauge uberta
Leucauge undulata Leucauge ungulata

Orchard Orbweaver (Leucauge venusta)

Leucauge vibrabunda Leucauge virginis Leucauge viridecolorata
Leucauge volupis Leucauge wangi Leucauge wokamara
Leucauge wulingensis Leucauge xiaoen Leucauge xiuying
Leucauge zizhong

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females spiders are 0.2-0.5 in (0.5-1.2 cm) and males are smaller with around 0.1 in (0.2 cm). Many species are still not examined, so their size might vary.

Color: Spiders of the genus are generally colorful. Orange, shiny silver, green, brown are natural shades. Female spiders have patterns with yellow, black, and silver colors.

Other Characteristic Features: Their fourth legs exhibit curved and slender hairs on the femurs.

Eggs

300-500 eggs are kept inside an egg sac made with loose orange silk. The sac is usually created near twigs or leaves. The eggs are average 0.35 in (0.01 cm) size-wise.

Spiderlings

After overwintering, spiderlings come out and disperse in the spring season.

The Web

Their web is similar to orbs with a slanting at 45°. The spider chooses to sit in the middle of the web, with its face towards the downside.

Are Spiders of Leucauge Genus Venomous

The spiders are not venomous enough for people, but their bite may cause skin irritation.

Quick Facts

Distribution India, Costa Rica, China, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, New Guinea, and Sulawesi Island of Indonesia
Habitat Moist places
Diet Insects that fly and jump
Web Type Orb-web
Lifespan Females live around 1 year and males often gets eaten by the female post mating

Did You Know

  • In 1832, Charles Darwin took the first specimen of the genus, now known as Leucauge argyrobapta. He was the one who recommended the genus name.
  • In the book named, Description of New or Little Known Arachnida, written by zoologist Adam White, the genus was documented for the first time.
  • The name of the genus is originated from the Greek word “Leukos,” meaning white.

Image Credits: arachne.org.au

This is a genus of around 165 spider species. The research about the genus is still being carried on. Well known members of the genus are black-striped orchard spiders and orchard orb-weavers.

Leucauge Spider

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Leucauge abbajae Leucauge abyssinica Leucauge acuminata
Leucauge albomaculata Leucauge amanica Leucauge analis
Leucauge annulipedella Leucauge apicata Leucauge arbitrariana
Leucauge argentea Leucauge argenteanigra Leucauge argentina
Leucauge argyra Leucauge argyrescens Leucauge argyroaffinis
Leucauge argyrobapta Leucauge atrostricta Leucauge aurocincta
Leucauge auronotum Leucauge aurostriata Leucauge badiensis
Leucauge beata Leucauge bituberculata Leucauge blanda
Leucauge bontoc Leucauge branicki Leucauge brevitibialis
Leucauge cabindae Leucauge camelina Leucauge camerunensis
Leucauge capelloi Leucauge caucaensis Leucauge caudata
Leucauge celebesiana Leucauge clarki Leucauge comorensis
Leucauge conifera Leucauge cordivittata Leucauge crucinota
Leucauge curta Leucauge decorata Leucauge digna
Leucauge ditissima Leucauge dorsotuberculata Leucauge dromedaria
Leucauge emertoni Leucauge eua Leucauge fasciiventris
Leucauge festiva Leucauge fibulata Leucauge fishoekensis
Leucauge formosa Leucauge fragilis Leucauge frequens
Leucauge funebris Leucauge gemminipunctata Leucauge granulata
Leucauge hasselti Leucauge hebridisiana Leucauge henryi
Leucauge idonea Leucauge ilatele Leucauge insularis
Leucauge iraray Leucauge isabela Leucauge japonica
Leucauge kibonotensis Leucauge lamperti Leucauge lechei
Leucauge lehmannella Leucauge leprosa Leucauge levanderi
Leucauge linyphia Leucauge liui Leucauge loltuna
Leucauge lombokiana Leucauge longimana Leucauge longipes
Leucauge longula Leucauge macrochoera Leucauge mahabascapea
Leucauge mahurica Leucauge malkini Leucauge mammilla
Leucauge margaritata Leucauge mariana Leucauge medjensis
Leucauge mendanai Leucauge meruensis Leucauge mesomelas
Leucauge moerens Leucauge moheliensis Leucauge nagashimai
Leucauge nanshan Leucauge nicobarica Leucauge nigricauda
Leucauge nigrocincta Leucauge nigrotarsalis Leucauge obscurella
Leucauge opiparis Leucauge papuana Leucauge parangscipinia
Leucauge pinarensis Leucauge polita Leucauge popayanensis
Leucauge prodiga Leucauge profundifoveata Leucauge pulcherrima
Leucauge pusilla Leucauge quadrifasciata Leucauge quadripenicillata
Leucauge regnyi Leucauge reimoseri Leucauge roseosignata
Leucauge rubripleura Leucauge rubrotrivittata Leucauge ruwenzorensis
Leucauge sabahan Leucauge saphes Leucauge scalaris
Leucauge semiventris Leucauge senegalensis Leucauge severa
Leucauge signiventris Leucauge simplex Leucauge soeensis
Leucauge speciosissima Leucauge spiculosa Leucauge splendens
Leucauge stictopyga Leucauge striatipes Leucauge subadulta
Leucauge subblanda Leucauge subgemmea Leucauge superba
Leucauge synthetica Leucauge taczanowskii Leucauge taiwanica
Leucauge talagangiba Leucauge tanikawai Leucauge tellervo
Leucauge tengchongensis Leucauge tessellata Leucauge tetragnathella
Leucauge thomeensis Leucauge tredecimguttata Leucauge tristicta
Leucauge tupaqamaru Leucauge turbida Leucauge uberta
Leucauge undulata Leucauge ungulata

Orchard Orbweaver (Leucauge venusta)

Leucauge vibrabunda Leucauge virginis Leucauge viridecolorata
Leucauge volupis Leucauge wangi Leucauge wokamara
Leucauge wulingensis Leucauge xiaoen Leucauge xiuying
Leucauge zizhong

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females spiders are 0.2-0.5 in (0.5-1.2 cm) and males are smaller with around 0.1 in (0.2 cm). Many species are still not examined, so their size might vary.

Color: Spiders of the genus are generally colorful. Orange, shiny silver, green, brown are natural shades. Female spiders have patterns with yellow, black, and silver colors.

Other Characteristic Features: Their fourth legs exhibit curved and slender hairs on the femurs.

Eggs

300-500 eggs are kept inside an egg sac made with loose orange silk. The sac is usually created near twigs or leaves. The eggs are average 0.35 in (0.01 cm) size-wise.

Spiderlings

After overwintering, spiderlings come out and disperse in the spring season.

The Web

Their web is similar to orbs with a slanting at 45°. The spider chooses to sit in the middle of the web, with its face towards the downside.

Are Spiders of Leucauge Genus Venomous

The spiders are not venomous enough for people, but their bite may cause skin irritation.

Quick Facts

Distribution India, Costa Rica, China, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, New Guinea, and Sulawesi Island of Indonesia
Habitat Moist places
Diet Insects that fly and jump
Web Type Orb-web
Lifespan Females live around 1 year and males often gets eaten by the female post mating

Did You Know

  • In 1832, Charles Darwin took the first specimen of the genus, now known as Leucauge argyrobapta. He was the one who recommended the genus name.
  • In the book named, Description of New or Little Known Arachnida, written by zoologist Adam White, the genus was documented for the first time.
  • The name of the genus is originated from the Greek word “Leukos,” meaning white.

Image Credits: arachne.org.au

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