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My cousin found this spider at his place. He lives near Milan, Italy, in a small town. It's a humid region, around there the are a lot of fields but it is a 15 km from the city. It's still hot in these days. He told me that in the picture it seems a little bit too yellow. In reality it is more of an orange shade. He has never seen anything like that around there. Any clues?

the misterious spider

the dimentions

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    $\begingroup$ Is there a spider somewhere on the second picture? I can't see it! $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    Sep 22, 2018 at 19:21
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    $\begingroup$ No, it's just to give a rough idea of the dimensions $\endgroup$
    – agneau
    Sep 22, 2018 at 19:25
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    $\begingroup$ Oh ok! You might want to just state something like about 6cm in diameter (legs included) or something. $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    Sep 22, 2018 at 20:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Gitana Yes please give a number, we don't know the size of your hand. $\endgroup$
    – Rodrigo
    Dec 22, 2018 at 2:17

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Judging by the photo and the web it may be an orb-weaver spider of the family Araneidae. Orb-weaver spiders get their name from the circular webs they spin. It's possibly an Araniella cucurbitina, also known as a Cucumber spider, which are commonly observed hanging head down in it's web. Several photos can be found at eurospiders.com.

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  • $\begingroup$ If I understand well, the Araniella cucurbitina seems smaller than my cousin's spider. I read that it measures at most 1 cm, whereas the spider he found is several centimetres long $\endgroup$
    – agneau
    Sep 22, 2018 at 22:10
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    $\begingroup$ @Gitana Is your cousin maybe exaggerating a bit for dramatic effect? The perspective of the picture might be a bit confusing but "several cm" might be closer to 2 cm, with the body about 1 cm. $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause
    Oct 23, 2018 at 15:15
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It looks like marbled spider. Araneus marmoreus, commonly called the marbled orb-weaver, is a species of spider belonging to the family Araneidae. It is sometimes also called the pumpkin spider from the resemblance of the female's inflated abdomen to an orange pumpkin.[2] It has a Holarctic distribution.

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