I have a spider in my backyard in Mobile, AL. It seems to have sewn itself up inside of a living water oak leaf. I tried googling it but only came up with this Austrailian spider that does a similar thing, but not exactly. Notably, there is no attendant web, just the folded leaf container. The leaf has been folded twice into a perfect little tetrahedral home. Here is a picture... I didn't want to disturb her too much:

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What species is this beautiful geometer?

  • $\begingroup$ Scott, please try to get another image of the spider -- one in which we can actually see the spider :p. Thanks $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Mar 31 at 2:49
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    $\begingroup$ I would expect this to be an orbweaver, as I've seen numerous examples of leaf shelters for these spiders. Usually, they're associated with a big orbweb, though. It's not going to be anything with an unpleasant bite, though, so it should be fine to gently open up (maybe have a bowl underneath to catch the spider when she drops out) and expose the occupant for a photo. $\endgroup$ – John Robinson Apr 8 at 0:01

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