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Spider Photos - Nursery Web Spiders (2)

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Nursery Web spiders - (Pisaurina sp. Family Pisauridae) - These spiders resemble the wolf spiders (Lycosidae), but have a different eye pattern. Pisaurids have their eyes arranged in 2 rows, the posterior row slightly recurved, the median eyes in the second row slighly (if any) larger than the others. (Wolf spiders have eyes arranged in 3 rows). The egg sac is carried by the female under her prosoma, held there by her chelicerae pedipalps. Before the eggs hatch, the female attaches the sac to a plant and then builds a web around it -- and stands guard nearby. The Pisaurids forage for their food and build webs only for protecting their young.  They are related to fishing spiders being members of the Dolomedes family and have been known to walk on water in search of prey.
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23 October, 2009:
Hello, My son and I are fascinated by your site. My husband thinks Iím a little weird. My son found this spider on the wall behind a chair. We live in Thomasville, NC. Iím pretty sure it isnít a brown recluse, but I would like to know what it is. I didnít get close enough to see the eyes. Iím pretty sure that the brown recluse doesnít have any markings on the abdomen. We did enjoy surfing through the pics on your site. Brooke  

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5 September, 2009:
Hello, I love your site! I started taking pictures of spiders in my house after my one year old son started getting what I think are yellow sac spider bites. (Lymph filled blisters that rupture and take months to heal.) So far your site has helped me identify 5 out of 6 of the spiders I've found (including what I think is a yellow sac), and now I know which are safe enough to catch and release, and which aren't worth the risk (lest they escape and bite my son again). Except for the nursery web spider who's picture was taken a few years ago (the most photogenic of them all, and thanks to your site I know they're not dangerous), all the spiders I caught were no bigger than a 1/3 of an inch...  All the spiders I've photographed are from southern New Jersey. Please let me know if I've grossly misidentified any of my spiders. Feel free to post any pictures you like and thanks for making such a great site! -Laura Lee

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18 August, 2009:
Hello, I came across your website while using google to try and identify a spider that I found outside the house. Thought you may want an additional photo for your library. This was taken in Webster, NY (upstate) about a ľ mile from Lake Ontario. Enjoy! Chris, Webster, NY  

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10 July, 2009:
Hi, I came across your website while searching online trying to identify a spider which recently bit me in the backyard of my home. Its web was set up alongside my pool, in the dark on the underside of the waterfall rocks. The home was a foreclosure until we moved in last week, and the pool is filled with algae, tadpoles, dead bugs, etc. I got bit because the spider got sprayed with my power washer and he landed on my knee and bit me. I took a photo of it and emailed it to my friend who used to work in pest control throughout the country, and he told me it looks like a Brown Recluse, or maybe the Arizona variety which is a Desert/Arizona Recluse. I started reading about them online and they seem to be pretty deadly, but I canít tell for sure if this spider is in fact a Recluse or not. Can you take a look at the pictures and let me know what this might be? He was HUGE Ė the legs had a span of probably 3-4Ē, and the body was probably about 1 ĹĒ to 2Ē long. Thank in advance for your help!! James

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29 June, 2009:
Here is a photo of a spider found in a garden in Maine, USA. I wonder if it is a type of wolf spider? It would be wonderful if you could identify it for me..and tell me where to find your response. Many thanks, Kirsty

 

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29 June, 2009:
This spider was out on a flower box with a white egg sac the size of a grape. Hundreds of small spiders came out. Any idea what the species is? Thanks, Mike

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13 June, 2009:
we found this spider when getting our hammock out of a storage shed it scared my wife and kids to death

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9 June, 2009:
Hi, your site has been very helpful! I think I have identified these spiders, but could you verify? I feel bad killing something that's not going to harm me, so if they are just wolf spiders, I'll leave them be! I haven't ever seen one the color of the second (darker) one, is it the same species? the last picture is in there for size - that is a horse shoe just above the spider on the wall. These were taken on the side of my house. I also have another question. We live in the woods, and have two dogs. Do spiders pose any threat to dogs? Or do they usually leave them alone? Thanks so much for your help! Ana Haymarket, VA

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4 June, 2009:
My son works on a farm in PA, USA. He found this spider this morning on a piece of farm equipment. Can you please tell me what it is and any info. about it? Thank you! Blessings, Brenda

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3 June, 2009:
Hi Glen, You have a great site. I have come across the same type of spider 3 days in a row. I was hoping that you might be able to help me identify it. Please, donít laugh! ;) ha ha. I squished it. (It was in the house, running to hide under my dog) I tried to take the best photos possible, given his current state. We live in Chatsworth, CA. We donít have very many unidentified (ďsuspectĒ) spiders. Thanks! Rynell

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2 May, 2009:
What type of spider is this? i found it in my closet! It totally freaked me out, but i did not kill it. I took it outside and let it loose!  Charleston, SC USA

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16 October, 2008:
Hi Glen, Nice site, just wondering what kind of spider this is. Could it be a southern house spider? I found it on the siding of my appartment building in Central Jersey. Is it poisonous? Thanks Juan

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24 August, 2008:
Hi again! You were so helpful the other day when I emailed you some pics of the spiders causing me grief that when I found this character, I had to send him to you to see if he is harmful or just a critter. My nightmares are subsiding but I really need them to quit completely! Thank you again and have a wonderful weekend! Still fearful of spideys, wlj PS sent 2 pictures, can't remember which one was better.

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Reply: It's a looks more like nursery web spider than a grass spider.
13 July, 2008:

Hi, I live on Cape Cod, MA & saw this spider living in my wisteria bush. I have to say she is pretty large & aggressive. After looking at your site I think she is a grass/ funnel spider but just wanted to double check. I say she because she is guarding the hundreds of babies in her web & I don't know if I should be freaked out. Thanks, Jessica
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Reply: It's a nursery web spider too.

10 July, 2008:
I love your website - mostly because I am always worried that the creepy crawly is a deadly spider about to bite myself and my children! Thank goodness I can go to your website and see that my imagination is working overtime again. Would you be able to identify this spider? It as outside my house by our front door. We live in York County Maine. Thank you! Eliza

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Reply: It's a male nursery web spider I think.

5 July, 2008:
Hi there, You are the spider expert! Can you possibly tell me what type this is and if it is venomous? I live in Sedona, Arizona. Thanks a lot for your time :) Malou

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Reply: Here's another  nursery web spider. The way they hold their legs together at the front is a good way to identify these spiders.
13 June, 2008:
I live in central Michigan, and I found this spider in the hallway to my apt. I'm not scared of spiders but I'm kind of curious about this particular spider, because I've never seen one like it. It was highly aggressive when I tried to nudge it into a cup with some paper. I'm just wondering how dangerous it is since it looks like it was trying to lay eggs in my building and I'm not too sure if it's a brown recluse. I'd greatly appreciate any assistance. thank you very much for your time.

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Reply: It's a nursery web spider too.

10 June, 2008:
Hello, are you able to tell me what kind of spider this is? Iím from New Jersey and Iíve seen big wolf spiders but didnít think this was one. Thank you!

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Reply: It's a nursery web spider.

8 June, 2008:
what is it? 

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Reply: It's a nursery web spider.

8 June, 2008:
Found this spider on my side porch early in the morning. To give reference the ware staple is ~1Ē at itís widest point so the spider is 3-4Ē in length. I thought it interest how the front-paired legs are held together. A few years ago we had one of these (smaller version) on the neck of a guest. She obviously freaked out but it did not bite her. Can you tell me the genus/species? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Dave

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24 May, 2008:
Hi Glen, just something to say hello with. One resting on a leaf and one unlucky Crane fly, I think you can see the fright in his eyes. Take care. Eddie
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10 May, 2008:
I found two of them on my patio already. It seems as though they want to get into the house.
 
 

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4 May, 2008:
Hi Glen,
This guy was crawling around my plant table the other night. Feel free to use the pictures if you want.
--Damy
 

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4 April, 2008:
Hi Glen, This little Nursery Web Spider sped off of our carport and onto some gravel where I managed a few snapshots. He was extremely docile. I even prodded him with a pine straw, and he remained mostly still. I will send you a brief video after all the pictures, if I can get it down below 3 megabytes. --Damy

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7 February, 2008:
I had thought it was a male Southern House at first glance, but now I'm thinking Nursery Web Spider. But I really haven't found an exact match anywhere yet. Please let me know what it is and if you put my pics on your page. BTW, here are some more pics of that particular spider. Thanks a bunch,
Damy,
 


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29 June, 2007:
Hi there, I wonder if You know the name of this 6-legged spider? Photo taken by a friend of mine in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA Thank You
Leo

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22 June, 2007:
To whom it may concern, I have attached a photo of a spider outside my house. This spider was located in Rochester, NY. I have never seen a spider that looked this way in my life. My girlfriend had her hand about an inch away before it moved and she noticed it. The abdomen part of it was bigger than my thumb nail. It was about 1 1/2" to 2" in diameter. I was just wondering if this spider can be harmful or poisonous. I am not a fan of spiders but I figured it was outside of my house in its environment so I didn't do anything to it. Plus, I was afraid it might grab my foot and body slam me! Just inquiring, any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank You, Nick

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18 June, 2007:
Can you tell me what this spider is?

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11 June, 2007:
Hello, I was trying to identify this spider and I came across your web site. I've attached two photos of the spider from different angles. I found it while opening the pool, it was under a jug that I used to help hold down the pool cover. I live in upstate new york, near albany. I have never seen a spider like this one and would like to know what it is just for curiosities sake. Thank you for any help you can give. Sincerely, Vernon M.  


 

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8 June, 2007:
Hey.....my brother found this spider in his house and was asking around what kind and if it is dangerous...his wife is pregnant and we are just trying to be carefull of what goes on to keep her safe.....if u can help that would be cool .....Thanks alot, Kyle

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6 June, 2007:
I have two pictures, two of the same type of spiders, found on the same day, in a close proximity to each other. They were fairly large, larger than a silver dollar. Angela


 
 

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1 June, 2007:
Hello , I've been on your site quite a few times and thought you or someone else might be able to identify this spider for me. I've attached two photos, different spiders but they appear to be the same species, which I found here in Southwestern Ontario, near Toronto. I've been looking all over for comparison pictures, and it seems that based on appearances, it is somewhere between a recluse spider and a house spider. Just thought someone might know. Thanks! Sincerely, Sarah H.


 
 

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30 May, 2007:
Hi Glen, I just stumbled upon your website in trying to identify a spider I photographed yesterday and I thought maybe you could help me. It looks similar to a grass spider, but the markings are slightly different, perhaps a derivation thereof? I attached the picture and am kind of curious what you think. Thanks!

David
 
 

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30 May, 2007:
Hey Glen- I have been extensively searching to find out what these spiders I have found are. Both were found on the cantilever of the pool. I am in Peoria AZ ( NW of Phx) Please let me know if these are dangerous- I am a little freaked- I have been here for a year and have only seen 2 sun spiders and was glad about thatÖ. Now more varieties are popping up- Thanks for all your help in advance!!!! J 1484- I saw 4 of these in various life stages around the pool- this pic has the 2 largest. Thanks Again, Danielle

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11 May, 2007:
I am a spider-lover...and your site is like finding the MoThER-LODE! Thank you soooo much for creating it! I'll be visiting it frequently! Peace, Marlene Azoulai

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6 March, 2007:
Glen,
Would I refer to you as a spider expert?
I'm an entomologist myself, though know little about Oz spiders.  I've scoured the internet but can't find any details for this spider my wife killed (that's an understatement!) yesterday. Any ideas?
Regards Steve.

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4 December, 2006:
Dear sir/madam, Can you help me id this spider I am currently serving in Iraq with the coalition and court this spider running over my laptop so I put it in a bottle and feed it flies. It sometime produces a web. I was wondering what it is Iíve looked at your sight but canít seem to be able to find it. It may just be the run of the mill common spider but I would like to know if that is possible
I hope you can help me
Yours sincerely
Shane Ludden
CPO Royal Navy

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11 October, 2006:
I found these in my back yard a couple of years ago I have pics of the male and the female. I have been trying to figure out what kind of spider this is, I have come close but the size is never right, they formed about a 3 inch circle, if you can do this that would be great. I have a few other pics of them, if you want those too let me know I will send them to you, and there were 3 males and one female at least that I saw and have never seen them since, have a nice or night whenever you get this. Thank you, Geoff

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3 August, 2006:
Here are a couple nice shots of a spider we found on a tarp in our garage a  few months ago. Spiders aren't exactly my cup of tea, but she (or he) is  quite a beauty. The leg span was about 2.5 to 3 inches wide, nearly spanning  the bottom of the jelly jar in the first photo. My girlfriend thought it  was a Wolf Spider at first, but upon further research (mostly on your site),  we finally settled on identifying it as a Nursery Web Spider. Upon release,  it seemed content to rest on the rusty trailer hitch where we took the  second photo.
Jeff
NW Pennsylvania, USA

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Reply: This is a nursery web weaver and not considered dangerous.

27 July, 2006:
What is this spider? I found it on my porch banister and I am not sure what kind of spider or if it is dangerous

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16 July, 2006:
This was found by my grandchildren-- and the babies,,,, I didn't see any that looked like this---are they dangerous? could you email me back about this?

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25 June, 2006:
Hi there... I live in Arizona, and have recently encountered 2 black widows and a few other spider. This was found outside our doorstep and was wondering if you could help to identify it? Thanks so much!
Sonya in Arizona


 

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25 June, 2006:
Get a Load of this! I have a nice shot of a nursery web spider guarding her egg sack!

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19 May, 2006:

Hi. Last year you helped me identify a fishing spider. Here is my latest spider friend. I am sure you can help me identify it. I live on a small lake in the Michiganís Upper Peninsula. Let me know what you think. I find it all very interesting. Thanks!

Rebecca


 

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19 May, 2006:

Have a spider living in my hostas, and I've pretty well ID'd it as a  Nursery Web Spider thanks to the web, especially your website. I
thought I'd share a photo with you.

--Gayle
upstate NY

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19 May, 2006:
Hey Glen,
Could you tell me what kind of spider this is. I live in South Jersey and I found it on the side of my house next to my door.
At first I thought it was a fishing spider because of the long and pointy-backside plus since we have a fish pond next to the house, but when I looked up the stats for the fisher, the description didn't fit. Maybe some type of wolf? The circle in the picture labeled "spider25" is the outline of a quarter. My sister thought it was a recluse but I've never seen a recluse with an abdomen that pointy. If I remember correctly, recluse usually have rounder backsides. Anyway, see what you think and hopefully I'll hear back from you. ~Joe

Reply: Could be a nursery web weaver, they have that colouring and body shape.

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5 October, 2005:
Found this Nursery web spider crawling on one of my bronze statues in  the garden.
Leo Derks,
Malvern, PA

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2 Sept, 2005:
Hello,
I've been trying to identify this spider for weeks, with no luck. Could you help? I found it in western North Carolina, USA, with no web. I'd really appreciate your help!
M
 

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18 July, 2005:
I live in South Western New Hampshire. I found this inside on the floor and  was wondering what it was. We don't usually have spiders of this size except
for daddy long legs. This spider was quite aggressive attacking the jar I  caught him in. Can you help identify this feisty guy? Thanks! -Scott

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14 June, 2005:
Hi, This morning, coming back from getting my newspaper, I decided to get rid of the web on my Golden Globe Arborvitae thinking it was mites. I tried pushing it aside with my newspaper, and to my surprise, it just seemed to stick together. I then decided to remove it with my fingers. Some white webbing came loose, that I flung away. I then saw an egg sac, that I had not seen fall about an inch. I took a second to decide what to do...destroy it or what? In that second, the spider that I now know is the mother jumped and retrieved her egg sac...wrapping herself around it. About an inch away, the male appeared. I was very startled, but went to get my camera:) I have taken wonderful pictures of orb weavers in our yard, but I didn't know what this spider was. I obviously found it on your site. The mother disappeared with her egg sac deeper into the shrub. The male stayed awhile longer, and then he too vanished deep within the shrub.  I felt very bad after reading about them, that I had destroyed the webbing. Will she rebuild the web to hold the sac? Thanks for your site and if you should have time to answer my question:) Here are the two pictures.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Kathy Kettner
Bedford NH

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11 June, 2005:
I found this beauty under a motorcycle cover outside my house in Massachusetts. Any idea what it is?

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11 June, 2005:
Hi,

Just found your site which is great, but I was hoping you can help me id this spider. I thought it looked like a nursery spider, but just thought I could get a second opinion. These have been all around in in my house this year in West Brookfield, MA. Thanks for you time.
 

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10 June, 2005:
Hi. I have this spider species in my backyard and it comes up to my back door and railing, near the outside light at nighttime. It spans about three - four inches with the leg length. The body is thin and appears flattish. The whole spider lays flush with whatever object it is on, it doesn't seem to be hairy at all. My research says possibly water / fishing spider, but some pictures I have seen of these don't look like the one I have. We do have a covered pool nearby, but I've never seen the spider in there. What is it? Is it harmful? THANKS! ~Laura
 

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10 June, 2005:
Could you tell me if this is a nursery-web spider. My daughters would like to know if it will bite them. This is a great web site. THANKS!! Deb and family.

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Reply: Spider on the right is a nursery web spider, from the position of the legs I would say the other is too, maybe a male?

7 June, 2005:
I keep getting MANY of these two spiders in my house and donít know what they are , interestingly enough this one has 6 visible legs I believe the other one is a nursery spider is this true ?

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Reply: Looks like a Nursery web spider.

31 May, 2005:
This spider was on my door last night. I am in Northeast Pennsylvania, USA. What is it?

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Reply: That is Pisaurina mira, the nursery web
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20 May, 2005:

Hey, I'm Jacob and I'm from Trussville, AL. (just outisde of Birmingham, AL). I found this spider on a brick wall while I was doing some yard work and have no idea what kind of spider it is. Any help would be appreciated!

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