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PARSON SPIDERS

The parson spider is a nuisance in homes and is generally nontoxic; although some people may experience allergic reactions to the bites. The parson spider is about 1/2 inch long and may vary in colour from brown to black. The front segment of the body tends to be a chestnut colour, while the abdomen is greyish with a distinctive white or pink pattern along its middle. The body is covered with fine hairs, giving a velvety appearance. The parson spider is usually found outdoors under rocks or in piles of brush or firewood. This spider does not spin a web, but wanders on the ground in search of prey. Indoors, this spider wanders about at night and conceals itself beneath objects or in clothing during the day. Most bites from this spider occur at night or when it is trapped in clothing. While the parson spider is not considered particularly dangerous to humans, bite symptoms are variable in severity. Some people may experience localized allergic swelling and itching in addition to initial pain. A few persons may experience excessive swelling, nervousness, nausea, sweating and elevated temperatures from the bites.
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25 August, 2016
Thanks! I donít think its poisonous so I didnít squish it. :)

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14 Oct, 2015:
One more. I found this in a measuring cup a few months ago

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2 Sept, 2015:
I'm in northwest Indiana. I found this guy under a chair and he's fast! Any idea what kind of spider he is?

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24 June, 2015:
Found this in my daughters room tonight. About a quarter size... Northern Virginia, USA.

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14 August, 2014:
Your site helped me identify this as a Parson Spider. I figured I would give you the picture to post on your site if you want

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17 July, 2014:
Hi! I just found this spider in my bathroom. Have seen many spiders in my life but not this one. Have any idea what it might be and if harmless?? Thanks for your help. Gloria

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17 July, 2014:
This spider was in my room. --

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17 July, 2014:
It was found in the high desert in Oregon.

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17 July, 2014:
I have never seen one like this.. Do you happen to know what kind? I'm in utah.. Don't know if that helps...

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14 June, 2014:
Can you tell me what kind of spider this is and if it's venomous ?

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14 June, 2014:
I found this in my house last night Ė I live in Holland, MI.

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14 June, 2014:
Found this running out of my couch when I sat down

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24 December, 2013:
Hi Glen. I ran across your website while attempting to ID a number of spiders that have seemingly popped up all over our brand new house (the house is about 3 months old, we have lived here for 3 weeks). The spiders all are rather small - perhaps between quarter-to-half-inch. Up until the time I took the picture, I thought these spiders to be black, but as you can see, they have some pretty intricate patterns on them and have a brownish color. My guess is that they are wolf spiders, but that is just my wild stab in the dark. Perhaps you could help us ID these guys (or gals)? Spider is attached. Well... at least a picture of it. Dan

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24 December, 2013:
Hi there ....name is jim. Just found this spider in western pennsylvania. Do you know what it is. Thanks

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24 December, 2013:
Hi...thanks for your info. Here's my pic of the little guy (or girl), in case you need another. Looks like he's missing a leg. Very nasty bite for me.

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24 December, 2013:
I've seen two of these in different parts of my house this past week. I'm in Buffalo, NY.

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24 December, 2013:
Hi Glen, caught this spider in my bedroom, any idea what kind of spider this is?

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24 December, 2013:
Hi, My name is Susan, and my 2 year old spotted this spider crawling across the kitchen floor today in Whitby, Ontario. Iím concerned that it is poisonous, can you identify it please? Its body is a little over 1 cm and with its legs itís a little over an inch long. Thank you, Susan

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15 June, 2013:
Hi Glen, Please help me identify this spider. It was in my closet on my husbands shirts

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17 May, 2013:
Hi Glen, I found this small, black spider crawling around my bed at midnight. It's fast and I'm not sure what kind of spider it is. I hate spiders, and I was hoping you'd be able to identify it.

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Reply: This is a parson spider - glen

13 February, 2013:
Hi Glen, Thank you for your help identiying the spider that I submitted last time. Any chance you could discern what this critter is? It's alarmingly big (compared to what we ever get). It is hard to tell, but there's a light-colored spot on its abdomen which seems to extend to part of its cephalothorax. It's very agile and can climb glass rather effortlessly, so I suspect it doesn't build a web. I'm monitoring its activity in a jar for now so I'll let you know if any of this turns out to be incorrect. Thanks again for all of the help you provide to the online community! Best, Alejandro

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Reply: This is a parson spider - glen

14 January, 2013:
I have caught two of these spiders in my home. The one in the jar here, has been in here over a month with no food, air or water and is still alive, and very aggressive. It rams the container side and tries to bite me through it when I tap the container. i know it is juvenile cause it has about double or tripled in size since i first caught it. I have been told brown recluse, but I am in north Idaho, and despite what everyone says, I have read they do not exist here? Can you ID it for me? He kills and eats anything I put it the jar, weather bug or spider., he is also incredibly fast. The web in there is not his/hers I do not think.

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Reply: This is a parson spider - glen

26 August, 2012:
Hello, I'm not sure if you are still ID'ing spiders, but someone suggested I ask you... I have looked all over the place to try to figure out what kind of spider this is. I'm sure it's common, because they are all over the place where I live here in Southern California. I can't seem to find a picture that looks just like this guy. It doesn't appear that they live in webs. I think they chase down their prey, because I always see them walking around my house and it seems like they're hunting. I took this picture right before I let this guy go outside of our house. I love that they eat the ants, but I just don't want them living in my room! Thank you so much for any help you can offer. Sincerely, M

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Reply: No, it's not a brown recluse it is a parson spider - glen

13 July, 2012:
Glen, I came across your website and thought maybe you could help. Brown recluse? What do you think? I live in Baltimore Maryland. Thanks Glen.

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Reply: This is a parson spider - glen

22 June, 2012:
Hello Glen, Thanks for taking the time to read this and for creating an amazing website. I was wondering if you could tell me what this spider is exactly. I have never seen it before (weird in a 125 year old house) and was curious as to its name. I found one a week or so earlier, but the white wasn't as noticeable as this guys, almost wondering if it was a pair of them. I couldn't get a good look at his eye pattern, but got a pretty good picture the white pattern on his abdomen. Thanks for your time, Katie

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Reply: This is a parson spider - glen

25 June, 2012:
My name is jason I live in northern az. I caught this spider in my house tonight and have never seen one like it in this area I'm concerned because I have two small children. I was searching the internet for images and found your site.I'm hoping you can identify and let me know if its dangerous. Thanks and look forward to hearing from u

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Reply: This is a parson spider - glen

22 June, 2012:
My youngest has had a few "hot to the touch" welts/bites that are red & raised about the size of a dime or even a nickel and wondered if this could be the culprit. I didn't see obvious bite marks... Thank you!!!!

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Reply: This is a parson spider - glen

22 June, 2012:
Creepy spider

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Reply: This looks like a parson spider - glen

15 April, 2012:
Hi, I took a picture of a dark brown spider with my phone that likes to hang out in the shadows in my bedroom and bathroom. For scale, if you fit a circle over the spider and completely covered it up, the circle would be about 2 - 2.5 cm in diameter. I usually only see this spider at night. I live in Southern California, near Los Angeles. Isaac

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Reply: This could be a variety of parson spider - glen

15 April, 2012:
Hi, just want to say I'm a big fan of your website. I have a few spider pictures you may be interested in. I live in Cyprus, Paphos...all pics were taken here. Also there are many species here that have not been publicized. Thanks for your time, would appreciate it if my pictures were not distributed...showing them on your site would be greatly appreciated though :) Matt Smith  

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Reply: This is a parson spider -  glen

22 October, 2011:
I found this one in the bathroom, and have no idea what kind it is. Do you?

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Reply: This is a parson spider -  glen

14 August, 2011:
I live in Minnesota and have never seen these before yuck I have found two in my house. Should I be concerned? Thank you for your help :) Alana

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Reply: This is a parson spider -  glen

14 August, 2011:
I live in Minnesota and have never seen these before yuck I have found two in my house. Should I be concerned? Thank you for your help :) Alana

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Reply: This is a parson spider too- glen

1 August, 2011:
Could you possibly tell me what kind of spider this is? I live in Charleston, SC, and I live 10 feet from a big forest so I've got no clue of what kind of spider this is. The picture drains out the color, its light and dark brown, with a gray strip on its back. I think its still a baby because its the size of a dime. Thank you for your time, Tara

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Reply: Yes I think it is a parson spider too- glen

1 August, 2011:
My husband found this on our bedroom wall here is southern California just a few nights ago. Thankfully I was asleep. From looking at your site I think it might be a Parson spider. What do you think?  
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Reply: Yes I think it is a parson spider too- glen

1 August, 2011:
My husband found this on our bedroom wall here is southern California just a few nights ago. Thankfully I was asleep. From looking at your site I think it might be a Parson spider. What do you think?  
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Reply: It is a parson spider too- glen

24 June, 2011:
Hi Glen! I live in south eastern Pennsylvania and typically only see daddy long leg and small brown spiders in my house but this morning I came across this guy in my bathtubÖ it was about the size of a quarter, hairy, and mostly black with lighter markings on his back section. It also had antenna looking things extending from the front and spinners(?) in the back. any idea what it might be, possibly a wolf spider? Thanks in advance for your input! Morgan  
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Reply: It is a parson spider - glen

28 May 2011:
I'M SO SORRY!..THE PHONE KEEPS RINGING AND MY DOG WON'T SHUT UP!......NOW..They are here!...please forgive me!....KEN>>The LAST! time. THANK! YOU! SOOOO! MUCH!....I deserve for them to be poisonous.

 

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Reply:  This one is a parson spider - glen

28 May 2011:
I was in the Admissions office at work when I found this spider skittering across the floor. I hurried to catch him and put him in a plastic bottle and later moved him to an empty glass jar I keep in my car for interesting finds. I was thinking he is a wolf spider? The marking on his back is pretty distinctive but I couldn't pin down a genus. Anyways, I thought he was handsome. Going to release him in the yard after breakfast! -Allie

 

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Reply:  This one is a parson spider, other photo is not good enough to ID sorry - glen

28 April 2011:
Hi, I've been trying to find out information on these two types of spiders since i keep finding them in my house and they are kind of freaking me out. I'm attaching pictures of both. Thanks for your help Vicky

 

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Reply: Thanks I do have some photos though  - glen

11 November, 2010:
I noticed you don't have a picture of a parsons spider... found this in my room and put it in the blackwidow tank.. use it if you want to.

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Reply: This is a parson spider and it is not lethal!!  - glen

3 November, 2010:
What is this?????? I found it in my bedroom... should I not sleep or is it a non lethal spider..

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Reply: This is a parson spider too  - glen

7 October, 2010:
Hi... I found this spider in our master bathroom yesterday... and have found smaller versions throughout the week.† Can you please help identify? Thank you! Megan

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Reply: This is a parson spider  - glen

4 October, 2010:
Your web site (http://www.spiderzrule.com/) said I could send you a photo of a spider for identification. Though I'm not too worried about it being harmful (there are very few dangerous spiders where I live (North Dakota, US)), I'm quite curious what it is. It doesn't really look like the spiders I normally see around the house... Though I doubt it's interesting enough to do so, you are welcome to use the picture if you want. Thanks much! - Don

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19 July, 2010:
Hi there, I live in Ontario Canada and have seen this little one in my home lately. I am just trying to figure out what type of spider I have here. One shot is with the house light one and the second shot is with the flash (to show marking a bit better) Any help would be great. Cheers Rob

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1 March, 2010:
i live in northern MI... busy mom (dont have time to browse your site) found this spider on a basket on my kitchen table... never saw one before. the wooden part of the basket its on is about 1.5 inches wide. Just wondering what it could be? Thanks!

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16 October, 2009:
I find these in my home pretty often. They seem to like hiding in drawers. I have found them in the end on the bed where the comforter is tucked in, and on the walls. We live in Rhode Island. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you Dawn

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Reply: Lucky spider - this is a parson spider  - glen

14 October, 2009:
Can you identify the attached spider for me. It was on my bathroom wall. I tried to kill it but it moved too fast for me

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Reply: This is a parson spider  - glen

11 October, 2009:
Hi Glen, Love your site - I've used it to identify (hopefully correctly) the last 3 spiders in our home - thank you! I'm sending you the last three photos to double check with what I think they are - the first one (found today) IMG242 I have no clue on. In your opinion - (I live on the second floor of an apt building in Ohio) - should I have pest control come? Three different spiders in 2 months? We have one toddler at home and I just want to be on the safe side. Thank you! Collette

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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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23 August, 2009:
Hi! Found the attached spider this morning (Sunday, August 16, 2009) crawling along the ceiling in my bedroom upon wakening! What is it?!?!? Jacquie

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August, 2009:

Dear Spider expert, I am attaching to you a picture that I took for a spider that I found it under the toilet seat. I am wondering if that kind is toxic? Thanks a lot, Anas
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4 May, 2009:
Hi there. just wanted to let you know what a great site you have and to send you these pics i took of a spider i found in my room in Las Vegas NV. I think its a wolf spider but it has very big spinnerettes and its not as "hairy" as I normally see with the wolf spiders. Plus the stripe on its back is pink even though it looks brown in the pictures. any info appreciated!
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17 March, 2009:

Found this little guy crawling across my desk. Went to get the camera and lost him. Found him again on the floor. I believe he's a Parson spider. Christina in Illinois
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Reply: This is a parson spider.
22 August, 2008:
glen, i finally got one. he found me actually. he ran across my computer desk. im sending you all the pics i have of him. i hope you can tell me what he is.

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13 June, 2008:
Hi Glen, I also have added two pictures of a spider that was high-tailing it across the living room wall the other night. I don't know what he was. Feel free to use the pictures if you want. --Damy

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Reply: I did some research online and found it is a Herpyllus vasifer or "Parson Spider". Wes

5 June, 2008:

Hi never seen this type of spider before, would be great if you had time to ID it and email me back. It was found in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Thank you very much.
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30 May, 2006:
HI Glen I was wondering if you, or someone you know, can me help me with identifying this little guy. This have been sized up to show you closely, but he was really a tiny spider about the size of a pink toenail, so tiny in fact, that he belended in with the glue trap that I caught him on. At first I suspected wolf spider, but then when I looked at him very closely and I noticed the white butt and the white patten on the back and it resembles a white tail spider to me, but all of the pics I saw and reports on them have been in Austraillia and I live in USA, Alabama, are they common here and if so, is this one and are they dangeous/venimous? I am sending through 3 pics, they are blown up, so the butt sometimes looks yellowish, but it's white.

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2 April, 2006:
Hello; I just found this spider last night crawling along some door trim. (I live in central Illinois). After surfing around a bit I found your site ; I believe its a parson spider, But it would be great if you could confirm. Also what it feeds on?, I put him/her in a large glass and put a rolly-polly , a boxelder bug, and two Lady bug/Japanese Beatles. Great site, Peace. Josh P. P.S. attached are two pics in all their full sized glory, If they are too large I can resize them and resend.

Reply: I would agree with your identification.

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Reply: It looks like  parson spider.

15 July, 2005:
You probably get e-mail about spiders all the time I found a nice spider in my kids bath tub

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Can you please tell me if this spider is dangerous and what kind is it. What is the best way to get rid of spiders ....moth balls?Gary

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Reply: That is a Herpyllus ecclesiasticus,
the parson spider. It is not dangerous but its bite has some mild effects. Nathan Hepworth

6 July, 2005:
Hi there, I live in Northern Illinois and we find about 10 of these a week in our house and havenít been able to find a source. Blackish-brown, silver-white diamond on the tail, silver-white chevron on the back, immediately next to a silver-white hourglass above it on the back.
Cheers, pk

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8 October, 2004:
hello again,
your site is still my favourite. love what you have done since I was here last. I have a question, I found a small spider in my laundry room on the wall. he is the size of a dime not counting his six legs, can you help? thank

Reply: The one  is a Parson Spider. It can be identified on this web site

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29 March, 2004:
Hello,
We had this visitor last night on our kitchen floor. I looked all over the internet and I believe it is Parson Spider which is a ground spider of the family Gnaphosidae. What do you think? Michael J. Schlenk
Washington, New Jersey

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26 May, 2002:
Hi, I live in Los Angeles and I found this guy in my apartment. I don't believe he's dangerous, but I was curious if you could identify him. I suspect he's just in the family of European house spiders - approx. 1-1.25" across leg span. Unfortunately the black & white photo is the only one that came out well - I'm still working on my close-up photo skills. The picture on the left, was taken about a year ago, no doubt the exact same type of spider. Please feel free to use these pictures on your site - I'll gladly send more when I find more accommodating "models" so I can work on my macro skills. Jason Malburg

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