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Spider discovered by Mardon (#8509)

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Observed: June 30, 2016 @ 7:15 PM
Posted on: July 1, 2016 @ 12:31 PM (diff: 1 days)
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Had built a web on the rearview mirror of a car parked in a driveway. The mirror is the reason for the reflection.

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By Chris on 8/13/2020 6:29:52 PM

What kind of spider is this its destroying our rose trees and others . It curls the leaves and lays eggs in a sac and when they hatch they look like little green grubs and they destroy the leaves 
How do i get rid of it 

By Mardon on 8/14/2020 11:11:54 AM

It's a Sixspotted Orbweaver (Araniella displicata). Are you certain that the spider is what's damaging your trees?  I'm no expert, but that seems unusual to me. As you described, Sixspotted Orbweavers do build their webs next to a curled-up leaf and use that location to hide while they wait for prey to get caught in their web.  They also lay their eggs there and the resulting egg sac is located in the curled-up leaf.  But I don't think that they are the cause of the original leaf curling and, as far as I know, Sixspotted Orbweaver spiderlings don't damage trees.  I also don't think that their spiderlings are green.  Do you think it might be possible that the little green, grub-like things you mention could be aphids? Just a thought. Like I said, I'm no expert.

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