Do You See an Angry, Bearded Man on This Spider's Bottom?

Do You See an Angry, Bearded Man on This Spider’s Bottom?

Credit: Ted Schnell

Credit: Ted Schnell


An orb-weaving spider sits head-down in its web, awaiting the arrival an an unsuspecting insect, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in a yard in Elgin, Illinois.

Photographer Ted Schnell says the pattern on the spider’s butt resembles an angry bearded man wearing a light-colored shirt, a tie, and a fez.

I say it looks like a cross.

What’s your take? Can you identify this species of spider? Leave a comment on this blog or on our Kane County Connected Facebook page.


  • Photo by Ted Schnell. See more of Ted Schnell’s images in his photo blog, Site to Sight.

  • Editor’s Note: Are you an amateur or professional photographer in Kane County? We’d like to give you a platform to showcase your photos in a feature we’re calling “Kane County Moments.” To take part, email a photo to, with a brief (or long, if you prefer) description. Put “Kane County Moments” in the subject line, and we’ll post as many as we can.


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