Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Long-Jawed Orb Weaver

 This long slender spider is a Long-Jawed Orb Weaver in the family Tetragnathidae. They are orb weaving spiders that build small webs. This particular species is in the genus Tetragnatha. They are commonly found in gardens and tall grassy areas. These garden variety long jawed orb weavers do not grow very large....maybe 1 inch or a bit more in length (with legspan).

Some species of Long-Jawed Orb Weavers can reach gigantic proportions. These larger species typically live near water and may reach lengths up to 4 inches or more (with legspan). 

They are harmless to humans and provide great insect control. They are amazing to look at...just look at the overly long legs on this specimen. They are capable of elongating their body on a blade of grass and all but disappearing  hidden flat against the blade. 

These are one of my favorite spiders, most especially these long impressive species. Look for the messy webs near the waters edge.


  1. A neat spider, think I had one climb my fishing line.Love the new book , need to read it over a bit more.I like the harmless to human part as I itch a bite gotten in tall grasses with spray on.

  2. that spider looks like it could glide through water... reminded me of one of those rowing racing boats...

  3. They are rather stream-lined aren't they? My favorites are still the large ones that live near water. They are so impressive.