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UNIDENTIFIED SPIDERS

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30 December,  2014:
Glen, I've just found him. He's an: Achaearanea tepidariorum (the one with a large abdomen and no visible white cross on the dorsal side that we were struggling to ID).

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23 December,  2014:
One of my website viewers Richard sent this to me to ID - silly me didn't even know it was a reindeer - and he requested I put it on the web site!!  I hope you have a wonderful festive season no matter what your faith is - after all the whole idea on Christmas is the message of love for your fellow man and that seems to be sadly neglected these days with all the terrible incidents happening around the world and our first terrorist incident here in Australia!! So sad that we should treat each other like that!! So please let everyone have a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR - glen

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Reply:  Closest I could find is a milkweed bug - glen

23 December,  2014
hi can u please help me with this bug?

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Reply: What a beautiful spider, maybe type of huntsman but not sure - glen

18 December,  2014
Found outside my house in Bangkok Thailand. Non aggressive. Thanks

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Reply: Not familiar with this one - glen

17 December,  2014
Hi, I saw your website whilst trying to identify the spider in the photo below. It was taken early Dec-14, in my garden in Surrey, South East of England. It was on the exterior door of my shed. Any ideas what it might be? Thanks, Pete

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Reply: Here's another fake spider, the leg sections are a giveaway as it only has 3 - glen

27 November,  2014
Hi, Would you be able to identify what spider this is? Regards, Hein

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Reply: Probably one of the garden orb species but never seen on this colour before - glen

27 November,  2014
Hi attached is a picture of a blue green spider. Can you identify it? Anandi

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Reply: I'd say it's more likely to be the ground crab spider - glen

24 November,  2014
Hi, I found this little guy in my garden while planting. It's a very sandy corner of the garden and, although still very small, he immediately caught my eye. I suspect him to be a six eyed sand spider (Sicarius testaceus) but I'm not sure it could perhaps also be a ground crab spider (Xysticus)? Do you maybe know the real story behind how venomous Sicarius is? I have read many articles on the internet and there is no clear answer. I live in South Africa, province Kwazulu Natal, town Dundee. Kind Regards Carien

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Reply: Could be a widow egg sac but not brown widow as theirs are spiky. Could also be steatoda which are in the same family - glen

24 November,  2014
Hi, I have two children in my home and I came across these eggs last night. There wasn't a web, but its possible I destroyed it without realizing because of the location. They are white and fuzzy looking and stick to each other. I didn't see mama spider anywhere near the eggs. Everything I found online says brown or black widow PLEASE tell me I'm wrong!? These were in a basement a couple hrs south of Atlanta. HELP!!!!

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Reply: Not sure what this is, anyone have any iedes?  - glen

22 November,  2014
Please assist in the id of this egg sac. Found on my porch yesterday november 17. Sac is appx 1 inch in diameter. I live in the fort lauderdale area.

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Reply: Doesn't look real but if it is, it looks a bit like a scorpion or flat rock spider. Not sure about that big eye in the centre there!!  - glen

22 November,  2014
Hello Glen...Im so afraid of spiders. I found this one in my bedroom..I was hoping you can tell me what kind of spider this is...I have since then been sleeping with the lights on...sooo afraid...please help..

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Reply: Not sure about this one - glen

15 November,  2014
I found these spider's in my garden in kerala, India and I wish I knew their names........love them.....but I dont knw much abt them...!

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Reply: Could be a huntsman, not sure though - glen

15 November, 2014:
Is this a Carolina Wolf Spider? I've looked online and haven't seen anything this color. Thanks!!! Laura

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Reply: Could be, really can't see it well enough in the photo to be sure - glen

Reply: Hello, I appreciate your reply. Could it be of the genus, Erigone? -Sushmeet

15 November, 2014:
Identify this spider please for college class project

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Reply: OK so here's one I KNOW isn't real!! - glen

15 November, 2014:
Hey Glen, I live in Northern Colorado and saw this fucker on my lunch break a few days ago. The long nose really freaked me out and led me to believe that this spider is probably not native to the front range. My friends think I'm crazy and don't believe that I really saw it. I think when they see the photo I snapped they'll come around. Any thoughts here? Thanks, Clyde

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Reply: Doesn't look real with the very red colour. Body shape is like that of a crab spdier but really don't know - glen

15 November, 2014:
Hi there I'm micaela... Um I just had the fright of my life just a few minutes ago due to a strange spider and could not find out what kind of spider this was.. I was hoping you could help. It a about the size of a nickel. And I thought it was maybe a wolf spider (we get those a lot at my house) but then I saw how res it was... It's truly scary to me..

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Reply from Natalie: Ctenus sp.

Reply: Cool spider with those multi coloured legs!!! - glen

15 November, 2014:
In Uvita Costa Rica, he was inside and missing a leg! We let him hang out with us.

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Reply: Well good news for you is that this is not even a spider. It is some sort of cricket I'd say and nto dangerous - glen

15 November, 2014:
I just want to know what kind of spider is this? I was on me than jumped onto the shower curtain. Please help I'm worried!

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Reply: It is not a brown recluse, could be one of the trapdoor species but not sure - glen

15 November, 2014:
Hello I found this one out back in the evening. Kinda looks like a brown recluse but not really. Hope you can shed some light on this one. So I know what it is. Thank you

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Reply: Have never seen a huntsman this colour here in Australia but you never know!! - glen

15 November, 2014:
I'm pretty sure it's a huntsman but I've never seen one this colour before I'm from Australia. Huntsman are usually brown here explain please

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15 November, 2014:
Please help identify

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15 November, 2014:
Hello, I was wondering if you can identify the spider by the webs that I found in an apartment that was left vacant. The one photo does have a dead spider in it, not sure if that is the spider that made the web. As far as geography, this is in Des Moines, Iowa. Thanks, Sean

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Reply from Lisa: Stinkbug nymph

28 October, 2014:
Hi, Saw your website and thought that perhaps you can identify these insects. Seems like these "spiders" appeared overnight. The leaf is from a plumeria plant that is about 5 years old. Thanks for any ideas you may have. We are located in the greater NY city area. Rich

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Reply: Well OK this is not a spider that I can say, but thought I'd put it on here for Joe who is a regular visitor to the site, in case anyone does recognise this little fellow!! The size against the spade gives some idea of its size - glen

18 October, 2014:
Well....here we are again. Can you tell me what this is in my yard. We have been here 15 years, and this is our first encounter. There seems to be no great fear of me standing (motionless) w a camera 10 feet from him/her. Thank you...again Joe

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Reply: Look like spiderlings but very hard to tell in their immature stage - glen

17 October, 2014:
Hi! I recently was taking pictures of some flowers. When I was processing them I noticed attached image. I am so curious. Are these spiders? If so, what kind? Never seen this before, but I can see tiny web lines….. I appreciate your help, Best Wishes, Pamela

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Reply from Lisa: Fungus covered cellar spider (daddy longlegs)

17 October, 2014:
Could you please identify this spider.

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Reply: I emailed Rob Raven from the Qld Museum and he has identified that as araneus praesignis   I had thought it was one of the orb weavers. (araneus) . It is also called a patterned orb weaver. This pretty spider builds a small orb web in green shrubs at night, during the day hides in a retreat formed by binding a curved green leaf with silk. This retreat is probably also used for rearing young from eggs. The body length of the adult female up to 8 mm, male about 6 mm - glen

12 October, 2014:
What type of spider is this we found? Brad

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Reply: This is an insect not a spider - glen

3 October, 2014:
Unidentified spider

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Reply: I think I agree with tem that it's not a brown widow egg sac but I really don't know what it is - glen

3 October, 2014:
I live in the Erlanger, Kentucky. I have been finding egg sacs that resemble that of the brown widow for 3 years now. I finally sent a photo into the University of Kentucky entomology department asking if we had brown widows in the state of Kentucky. Their response is pasted below. I'm asking if you by chance know if a brown widow would indeed attach an egg sac to a flat surface like the photo attached, or if something else could be making these? This was their response: We have some unverified reports of brown widows in Kentucky, although they can be difficult to distinguish from black widows. I'm pretty sure that we had a live brown widow in our lab for a while, caught in Lexington. I'm not sure about the eggsac in the photo: it's spiky like a brown widow eggsac, but it doesn't seem to be a complete sphere. I don't think a widow will make an eggsac up against a wall like that, but I'm really not sure.

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Reply: I'm not sure but this looks more like a trapdoor spider's burrow. You can see the lid in the first pic - glen (Click for a closeup)

3 October, 2014:
Hi Glen I hope you can help. I live in Australia and have been finding these holes in my backyard for a few months now. I havent seen a spider yet but i have two young children, should i be worried? Many thanks in advance! Steph

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Reply: This looks more like a tick than a spider. They are still arachnids - glen

3 October, 2014:
I need to know what kind of spider it is

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Reply: I have not see a web like this one before - glen (Click for a closeup)

3 October, 2014:
Can you tell? Do they look exotic or do all spiders last eggs like this.

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Reply: I think you are correct and it is Selenopidae. - glen (Click for a closeup)

3 October, 2014:
Hi Glen, still not sure but I came across a web page about flatties or Selenopidae. According to the site they already look like the victim of someone's shoe, which sounds about right as I thought it was a squashed fossil. It didn't move until I got close (twitch) and there didn't appear to be a web nearby. Does this sound familiar and could it be the spider in the photos?
Hi Glen, here's couple of pics of spider I photographed in the Philippines. I have no idea what it is. At first I thought it was a kind of dead fossil stuck on the side of a metal cover but realised it was alive when I saw it's front legs move slightly. As you can see it's very flat and quite well camouflaged. It appears to have 2 legs missing on it's right side but only noticed this on inspecting the photographs when I got home. Maybe some of your website visitors can shed some light on what it is. Thanks, Darren.

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Reply from Lisa: Brown widow

25 September, 2014:
Hi Glen. Please help identify this little guy. Found it lying outside, would like to know what it is! Thanx!

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Reply from Greg: This is a Western Conifer Seed bug. They are sap suckers and don't sting like assassin bugs but they do emit a foul odour like stink bugs.

25 September, 2014:
Hi found this in my house on sunday 21/09/14 can you please tell me what it is looking at it i can see it has wings as well. thanks for your help with this. steve

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Reply: Looks more like some sort of mite or something, I don't think they are spiders - glen

25 September, 2014:
We found millions of these microscopic critters on our diseased pole beans; they are orange – as intensely orange as orange can be - in long web strands. Do you know what they are? Peggy

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Reply: Neat web, pity we can't see the spider  - glen

25 September, 2014:
Can you tell me what spider made this fascinating web....located in the Sonoran Desert of Scottsdale, Arizona USA thank you, Gary

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Reply: Not sure about this one  - glen

25 September, 2014:
Hello Glen I am Andrea and libe in Mexico City. We own a weekend house in a town close by (woods and a lake) and have found at least 7 of this friends. Would you happen to know what it is and wether it is poisonous or not. I have two little kids, hence my worries Thank you so much

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Reply: This is a caterpillar of some sort - glen

21 September, 2014:
Hello Glenn. I know this isn't a spider, but can you possibly tell me what this is?

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21 September, 2014:
It looks like a giant daddy long legs or some cousin in the orb weavers to me, but thats why I'm sending it to you. Thank You. -- Steve

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Reply: Not sure what this one is -  glen

15 September, 2014:
Trying to figure out what kind of spider this is. I live in East Tennessee.

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Reply: Not sure what this one is -  glen

15 September, 2014:
Hello Could you please identify this spider for me

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Reply: I don't think it is going on the other photos I have of wandering spiders but not sure what it is -  glen

8 September, 2014:
I found this spider in the Choco Region of Ecuador, west of the Andes. Altitude 100 masl. Is this a wandering spider?

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Reply: I'm inlcined to think it is one of the jumping spider species -  glen

16 August, 2014:
I live in Mysore, South India. Yesterday the spider in the attached image was sitting on our wall. The spider was about 2 cm long. I searched but haven't been able to identify it. Was wondering whether you could help.  Thanks and regards  Nitish

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16 August, 2014:
Good morning: I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of spider this is. It was on my wall, a couple of inches from the ceiling and when I approached it, it jumped a good 4' towards me. I live in southern California (Fullerton) and I have never seen a spider of this size in my life, other than my time in SE Asia while in the Marine Corps. To me, it looks like a huntsman, but i wasnt aware those were down here. Could you please help me identify this thing? -Andre

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16 August, 2014:
Hi Glen. I found this spider in my backyard in Findlay, Ohio. While I'm not a novice with spiders I've never seen an American House spider with this reddish coloring and the three outlined spots on the dorsal side. It has white and black legs. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Jeff

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Reply: Not real sure if this one is real or not either. Very unusual colour if it is!! -  glen

15 August, 2014:
From metro Atlanta, Georgia and it came out of a funnel web in the ground.

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Reply: Might have a hard time killing this one as I suspect someone is playing a prank on you and it's not real -  glen

15 August, 2014:
Hi Glen I just knew your page, i was looking for a spider that I found at the door in Juarez México. This spider was so big already 4 inches or more. Can you identify it? I have to kill it.

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Reply: Some of the false widow spiders have this skull like pattern on their abdomen but I'm not sure about this one -  glen

13 August, 2014:
Hi! I was so pleased to find this site but I still haven't been able to find a spider like this! We have them all over out here. They've even made their way into our house. Not all of them have such a distinct skull pattern on their backs but always a decorative black and white design. I have searched endlessly trying to find information on this spider and can find nothing! Please Help!! Thank You!

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Reply: This is a golden silk orbweaver and it is infested with some sort of red fungus. More pics on the golden silk spiders US page -  glen

13 August, 2014:
Hi-- We have several instances of red spiders in red webs in our yard here in Florida, it looks as if someone has sprayed them with red paint. The spiders look like the regular orb web spiders but both they an their webs are red. Is this some kind of fungus? or are the really red spiders? Photo attached. I cropped and sharpened the smaller spider in the web I sent previously. Not sure if it is any help. Sorry I can't get better photos.

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Reply: This is another of those spiders with mites on it, this one looks to be pretty badly infested!! -  glen

13 August, 2014:
I was in my garden in Michigan and came across this beautiful spider. I've never seen one before, what is it? It was crawling on my rhubarb leaf.

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Reply: This is the seed pod of the plant growing in there and it has burst open to release the seeds which will fly away like little helicopters -  glen

13 August, 2014:
Hi, I noticed this white thing with thread like extensions floating in the air..at first I thought it was harmless but then I noticed one of my plants being badly eaten with leaves split open and smaller babies all infesting the plant pretty bad..I tried pesticides bt nothing worked and I had no choice bt to throw the plant..now I notice they are infecting my other healthier plants..what are these things..are they some kind of spiders and if they are can you pls help wth any information on them..I hv spent hours on the internet trying to identify and understd it bt to no avil..I am worried fr my other plants! Many many thanks, Bhawana

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Reply: I'm sure he'll be OK even if his leg doesn't grow back. Not sure what sort of spider though -  glen

13 August, 2014:
He was a little spider that ate bugs.. and I didn't know that... and he was chilling on my arm and I freaked out, he landed safely on my blanket and stood still so I wouldn't hurt him, I took photos of him and he waited patiently, I tried putting a lid over him to hold him in the same place so I wouldn't accidently kill him and I got spooked and he fell off my bed and onto the floor where the lid tore off his foot and he laid crumpled... I asked my dad what it was and he said he's a good spider that doesn't bite and I returned to Jimmy and apologized repeatedly as I got a wrapper and was on my way to go dig him a grave, but he moved and I dropped him again and he was on the floor crawling with one long leg and I got spooked and hurried up and put him outside I'm sorry Jimmy :c .... will he grow his right big leg back and be okay?

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Reply: Could be a huntsman but a bit hard to see through the web -  glen

13 August, 2014:
Hello, We took this photo of a spider in our hotel room in Kos in June. It wasn’t there the day before but already had an impressive web/cocoon. Please can you identify it? Kind regards Joanie

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Reply: I don't know that it is a spider, it could be a moth of some sort -  glen

24 July, 2014:
Any idea what kind of spider this is? It was on the back windshield of my truck during the day in Missouri. Thanks, BJ

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Reply: Looks a bit like steatoda triangulosa but the colours are different -  glen

18 July, 2014:
Thanks for your help with identifying my spider last month. Here is another. The image is not as clear, but I think it might be good enough to identify. Mount Rainier, Maryland, USA. Best, Jesse

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Reply: This is probably a long jawed orb weaver and it has parasites that attach themselves to the spider. More photos below -  glen

17 July, 2014:
Hi I'm hoping that you can help me identity this spider that has set up home in my garden . It does look similar to quite a few other spiders I've looked at on Google but none of the ones I've seen have these red orbs on them . Hope you can help ? Many thanks Maria x

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11 July, 2014:
Hi Glen, I was directed to your website by a friend. Last weekend my husband and I came across an albino spider in our front yard in Vancouver, Wa. We were tearing out roots of some black berry bushes that have become rather invasive. This guy popped out from under some dirt when we pulled out one of the larger roots. We also have Tam bushes there in case that helps in identifying it. Thinking he was neat looking, I snapped a few pictures of him with my phone. If I’d thought about it, I would have used a better camera to take pictures. He was rather busy though, for a spider. He moved rather quickly and kept trying to bury himself in the dirt. Apparently he didn’t care for the sun. :) I want to say that he would place his front half under the dirt and leave his rump exposed. I've never seen a spider like this, though when I was looking online it does share a resemblance to the huntsman (though I believe mine is hairless), the recluse (though mine isn't brown and there wasn't a fiddle that I could tell-didn't see his undercarriage though) and the yellow sac spider (though again mine isn't yellow). My guy also appears to have two eye sets which makes me think recluse, though the photo isn't close up enough to tell for sure. And the burying himself in dirt thing has me puzzled. The first shot it at a standing position and holding my phone over him. The others are at a crouching position. and maybe a few inches from him. To give an abstract idea of how big he is. Any help in identifying this guy would be greatly appreciated. I left him alone and have no idea where he is now. I am a bit concerned as I have kids and animals who dig in the dirt. Thanks so much! sincerely, Britt A.

Reply: Closest I can come up with is a woodlouse hunter which would looks like this if it had its normal colouring. This definitely looks like an albino of whatever species it is and quite a rare sight! - glen

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Reply from Lisa: Not a Rabid Wolf (Black and white spider) - Cesonia bilineata

11 July, 2014:
Hi here, I had another spider visitor today. Lucky me, this one was crawling on my bed, on my foot. I brushed it off without looking, but I don't think it bit me. The legs seem shorter than last time's spitting spider; the whole spider is smaller than a dime. No striped legs. The abdomen is a purer white than the top segment, which is almost pink. Underneath is a solid brown. It has dark feet, and is very fast. Any ideas?

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Reply from Lisa: Harvestman

11 July, 2014:
I came across this spider the the day and have never seen one with this coloration before. Do you possibly know what it is? Thank you for your help, Allen

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Reply: May as well include this insect, I think we used to call them stink bugs -  glen

10 July, 2014:
Hi there...I live in southeast Pennsylvania in the USA where my wife was bitten by the critter in the attached pictures. I was wondering if you could help identify it. Its the same critter in both pictures. The sac at first was more of a pinkish color but developed more brownish markings once it noticed I was messing with it. I believe it is a spider....not sure if the longs things at front are antenna or legs? There was a structure at the end of the planter that I presumed to be a web. Thanks for putting together a great website and thanks for your help! George

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Reply: Very hard to tell what the adult spider is as the spiderlings change a lot as they grow -  glen

10 July, 2014:
Hello Found your webpage. I wonder if these might be widow hatchlings, northeast U.S., so, variolus. I have been seeing northern widows in the woods and today, came across this web filled with hatchlings, but no sight of the adult. Web searching images hmm, close maybe, but nothing conclusive. Any idea? Thanks James

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Reply: This is a very strange spider with these red protuberances on either side - Did a search and found they are parasites that attach themselves to the spiders. More photos above -  glen

6 July, 2014:
Hi there, I was hoping you could identify this spider for me please? Sorry I know it’s not local to you but I’ve looking about on the internet and can’t find it anywhere. It was all black, with a dull/velvet back (not shiny) and red sacks of some sort. It slightly larger than my thumbnail and could really move (hence it was hard to photograph). It was on my allotment amongst the weeds and it startled me because it’s not common to see anything red and black in my part of the world (Liverpool, UK). Any info would be appreciated. Cheers Mark

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Reply: This is a red velvet mite and while it is an arachnid it is not a spider but a mite -  glen

6 July, 2014:
Hello! I live in the desert southwest of the US, specifically Tucson, Arizona. The attached photo shows an eight-legged bug found just after a heavy monsoon rain. No one local has yet identified it. Thanks! Gigi

 

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Reply: Would need to see the spider,  probably one of the funnel weaving species -  glen

6 July, 2014:
Hello, I live in Carlsbad California and have found these webs( 3 total but one had died spider hanging from it). I have search high and low on the internet but can not find anything like it. Do you know what type of spider could be nesting In my yard? One web is on the bottom corner of my window and the other two are on the underneath part of my roof. I have two small children so I am a little concerned. Thanks. Natalie This is the one attached to the window

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Reply: This is not a yellow sac spider but not sure what it is, maybe one of the enoplognatha species -  glen

6 July, 2014:
This looks like a yellow sac, but the enlarged green abdomen is throwing me off.

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Reply: This looks more like a beetle to me, it appears to have 3 body parts, 6 legs and  2 antennae. Keep an eye on the bite though- glen

2 July, 2014:
My daughter got bit by this we don't know what it is . Hope u can help its about two inches it black with one white spot

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Reply: Spider silk is amazingly strong and enables the small spider to lift the cockroach off the ground like that. Not sure what the spider is though - glen

2 July, 2014:
Hi Glen, The Palmetto Bug was on its back on the ground when I left the house Saturday morning. This is what I found Sunday morning all wrapped up and over 1 inch off the floor. I live in Hollywood Florida. Jimmy

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28 June, 2014:
I actually have 2 different spiders Here. I live in New Orleans, La. The climate is tropical most of the time. These were both found here in my studio/shop, garage style, lots of dark areas for spiderz to hide... webs all over the place.... we tend to get along because I want them to catch any possible termites that tend to swarm this time of year.... but.. if one of these is the fiddle back, brown recluse, I may go ahead and try to cut down the amount of them here in my shop. Im going to send a second e-mail with the Second Spider. I assure you that both are alive and well. Spider 1 was released to the garden near the deck so he/she can get under there for a new home. Second one is still in the sandwich bag I used to hold him/her down to get the photos. Wilson Revelle New Orleans, La.

Reply from Lisa: Top spider - Theridon, Bottom spider - Wall spider - Oecobius

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28 June, 2014:
I live in Los Angeles County, California. I have been watching a brown widow that lives under a widow sill outside my home. She has been courted by up to four males and is currently tending three egg sacs. I was recently surprised when I discovered another egg sac within an inch or two of her web funnel. The core seems to be made of small spherical containers and is about 1/8" in diameter. It looks something like daddy-long-legs eggs, but other parts look like a pirate spider sack. She has recently eaten a couple of other spiders — one was clearly an orb weaver, and I first thought that the other was another brown widow, but it had some spiky hairs on its legs. I presume that the eaten spider may have created this egg sac. Can you identify it? I'm primarily an amateur photographer who knows next to nothing about spiders, but I saw a beautiful web a couple of years ago and I bought a macro lens just to record these fascinating creatures. I'm slowly being drawn in by the surprising things I'm finding. Thank you for your time and your help. Frederick

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These definitely look like brown widow egg sacs - glen

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Another Reply from Kelly: Green chelicerae almost always means that is a species of Phidippus. I don’t recognize the species.

Reply: Never seen a spider with bright green fangs and orange legs like this one before!! - glen

19 June, 2014:
Hi! I just found a spider that I've not seen before and was wondering if you had any idea what it might be. I've attached a phot. I hope you can help! Cheers, Mark

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Reply from Alyssa: Theridula sp, probably Theridula opulenta. Compare to http://bugguide.net/node/view/298773/bgimage 

Reply: Great pic and lovely spider, can't see to find an ID at present if anyone else can help out!! - glen

14 June, 2014:
Taken today in Mount Rainier, Maryland, USA.

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Another Reply from Kelly: Hogna carolinesis. a very large, burrowing wolf spider.

13 June, 2014:
Hi! We live in Clovis, NM and kind of enticed this guy to come out. What kind of spider is it?

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Reply: I think the lump is just a abnormality. Maybe a steatoda but a bit hard to tell from the photos - glen

13 June, 2014:
Hello Glen Stumbled across your website whilst trying to identify a spider. I'm wandering if you coul help me. I live in Cardiff, UK and I found a spider that is a similar size to an adult cupboard spider but it has this defining red/Brown lump protruding from the upper middle abdomen. Hope you can help me. Thanks in Advance, Tyler

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Reply: That's a snail shell in there, maybe a spider has made its home in the shell, interesting anyway!! - glen

13 June, 2014:
Hello- I have a great mystery here for you. I have done so much research on your site, and on google, but cannot for the life of me figure out what this thing is. You see, he/she has taken up residence in a cactus of mine. This cactus is about 20 years old, originally came from Peru, was housed in St. Louis, Missouri, then Pacifica, Berkeley, and San Francisco California. I know the spider was in residence in Berkeley, but do not know if it was prior to that. When I first got the cactus, the hole you see was covered inside and out with a web, similar to a tarantula's burrow. I was not as versed about spiders then, and I had taken a screwdriver to the hole to clean it out. Out popped a very sinister-looking black spider (or tarantula??) and I was so surprised, I dropped the screwdriver and ran away. The spider was about a half-dollar diameter, from leg to leg. It was black and I would say "stout", but otherwise bore no markings. This was many months ago. I recently was examining the cactus again, and noted the spider has taken on a shell-looking form?? It looks perhaps mildly hairy as well. You can see his little feet up top, if you zoom in. But also, maybe this is a new character that has moved in to the cactus, as I certainly recall no spider with a shell, or of that size, when I rooted the hole out with the screwdriver months ago. Maybe this new character killed the spider I saw, and those shriveled looking feet are his corpse? It is all very chilling, to be happening outside my bedroom window! Anyway, what on EARTH do you think it could be??? Any ideas are acceptable at this point. The cactus, at the bottom of the picture, is about as big around as a soda can, plus an inch, for reference.

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Reply: Definitely not a recluse. Could be in the hacklemesh family - glen

13 June, 2014:
Hi, Im from England, and whilst gardening I came across this strange beastie, bluey purple colour! Didnt look like your average spider so I took a pic of it. I looked through spider pics trying to find out what it might be, only thing i can see thats similar is a recluse spider!! Any ideas? Em xxx

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Reply: It looks like the body shape of a woodlouse hunter but they are a reddish grey colour, maybe same family but not sure about this one - glen

13 June, 2014:
Dear Glen, This is the spider I found, found it outside my door to the house. Twitching / not moving much. Appears to have large back? tried to get a better shot but didn’t want to disturb the spider. I live in Surrey, England. There was no web found. Thanks! Sam

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An reply from Kelly: Assassin bug (Reduviidae)

Reply: Click for a closeup, nice pic - glen

28 May, 2014:
Hi Glen, I thought you might find this one interesting. It was taken in Lancaster, PA. I think it is a wheel bug? Not a spider but still pretty cool. Paul Aversa Military / Aerospace Manager

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Reply: Some sort of horned orb weaver I think but not sure - glen

26 May, 2014:
What type of spider is this?

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Reply: Not sure about this one  - glen

23 May, 2014:
Can you tell me what kind of spider this is. I live in Dover Tennessee and came across her today..

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Reply: Not sure about this one  - glen

23 May, 2014:
Hi me name is Aldo i live in Donegal Ireland. I sent you an email recently about another spider I found. There has been very weird looking ones since then amd one was green. But I found this spider today on my pillow after stripping bed linen. I would say it was in the duvet cover after been hung on the washing line outside. This is the second spider I have found the same and the first one was twice the size with a big black shiny body.

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Reply: Not sure about this one, looks a bit like a parson spider but the stripe is more solid. Also looks like a rabid wolf spider but it has longer spinnerets at the back of the abdomen than they have.Also found a jumping spider that looked similar but can't see the eye to find out - glen

23 May, 2014:
Hi here, I had another spider visitor today. Lucky me, this one was crawling on my bed, on my foot. I brushed it off without looking, but I don't think it bit me. The legs seem shorter than last time's spitting spider; the whole spider is smaller than a dime. No striped legs. The abdomen is a purer white than the top segment, which is almost pink. Underneath is a solid brown. It has dark feet, and is very fast. Any ideas?

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Reply: Nice photo but illustrates how hard it is to ID a spider from this angle. It is a female guarding her egg sac though  - glen

23 May, 2014:
Found this female in Basel Switzerland can you identify her? Dave

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Reply: Not sure about this one  - glen

23 May, 2014:
Hello I hope you are well attached is a picture of a fairly large spider that walked across my dining room I live in Guatemala do you know what it is? best regards Marc

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Reply: Not sure about this one,  but it is a male  - glen

23 May, 2014:
Hi again Glen! Got another one for you. A friend posted this on Facebook. He lives is Beaverton, Oregon... and that's where he found it. His house. Your thoughts Guru of Spiders :-)

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Reply: Not sure about this one,  but not a recluse  - glen

23 May, 2014:
I found this spider in a crack in my porch. Trying to determine if it is a brown recluse spider. I have small children and pets and would hate for them to get bitten. Please help. Thank you.

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Reply: Not sure about this one, maybe a ground spider - glen

6 May, 2014:
Attached are some more pics. The first 2 spiders are the ones I find all the inside and out side of my house. I have pics of other spiders that look like those if you need more. I just thought those 2 pics should more markings. These ones have not real thick webs or well structured webs. They are just more like random stands of web hanging from perch to perch. The last 2 pics attached are ones I find every now and then. Mainly around my doors, both inside and out, and in my car. Their webs are also not that well structured. They kinda just string from random perches with no main center. Let me know what you think! Thanks again! Thanks, Austin

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Reply: Could be a giant house spider but not sure - glen

6 May, 2014:
Hi Glen Thanks very much for the rapid response. I have seen the rain spider nests hanging outside - but hadn't associated spider with the nest. When you say "here" I assume that you're in Australia. If there are huntsman spiders here and in Aus, I assume that they are different species? Or have they been cross introduced? When you say that they aren't dangerous, can I pick them up and move them or can they still bite? Should I stick to what I normally do and catch them in a towel or is picking them up by hand safe? Do you know the Genus and Species by any chance? I saw another spider this morning on my study wall and have attached the photograph here. It's not as clear as the previous one but I have left it at full resolution so that you can see as much detail as possible. Many thanks for providing this kind service. Regards Andrew

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Reply: It would be good to have a photo of the top as well as it's rather hard to see. Interesting spider though - glen

6 May, 2014:
15 Good day Glen I live in Pretoria – South-Africa and found this spider with a “silver” body with red on top and green on the sides, can you please identify the spider and is it poisonous? Edmund

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Reply: I searched to see if I could find a UK spider to match this one but have had no luck. It looks like a cross between a southern house spider and a black house spider!! - glen

6 May, 2014:
Hi  I've found this spider in my ally and was wondering what it is? There are 2 photos from different  days and it seems as though the spiders are different. could you let me know, I live it bristol, uk.  Many thanks  Justin

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Reply: I don't think it is a false widow, looks more like a relation of the furrow spiders- glen

6 May, 2014:
Hi found this in my back garden in uk, could you please identify if this is the false widow. Many thanks regards Dave.

 

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Reply: I found a similar spider which is an ant mimicking crab spider. All spiders are venomous but I wouldn't think this one would be particularly harmful; unless you were allergic to it - glen

6 May, 2014:
I'm from Malaysia, Penang. And I got bitten by this spider in the attachment. Is it venomous or it's normal. 3. I found this spider in Oklahoma City in my house under the cabinets, any idea what it could be? Any help would be appreciated, thank you!

 

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Another Reply: As I was googling some more info on huntsman spiders, I came across this one that I thought looks a lot like one of your unidentified pics from 1 April 2014 with a really interesting egg sac: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palystes_castaneus - Beth

Reply: Bit hard to see this one from the back, very unusual web ball there!! - glen

1 April, 2014:
hi Glen, I found this spider and this enormous web ball in an outside shower enclosure in the Eastern Cape. I think its of the wolf spider family, can you identify it? To estimate its size, the pole its standing on is 45mm in diameter. Regards Lance

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Reply: Haven't seen this one before - glen

1 April, 2014:
Hi I was just wondering what type of spider this is, I found it in my bedroom and the markings werent very clear so couldn't distinguish what it was. Thanks Penny

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Reply: Very dusty, maybe a woodlouse hunter or ground spider- glen

1 April, 2014:
Found this spider in my house

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Reply: Front part looks like a ground/woodlouse spider but that yellow abdomen is strange - glen

15 March, 2014:
Hi there, I was wondering if you might know what kind of spider this is. I live in Washington State. Thanks! Amber

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Reply: Looks like a male nursery web spider or a net casting spider  but I'm not at all positive - glen

6 March, 2014:
Hi :) I would like to find out which spider this is. I live in South Africa and I found the spider in my bathroom. It was about 5 centimetres of size Thanks a lot Mieke

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Reply: This could be a banded tunnel web spider - glen

Reply: I tried to contact my spider expert but his email isn't working any more. From what photos I can find and can see I am leaning toward a funnel web but I'm not positive - glen

6 March, 2014:
There's an ongoing debate as to whether this is a trapdoor spider or a funnel web. Would love an expert opinion! Found in back yard, Lane Cove (Lower North Shore, Sydney), NSW, Autralia. Cheers, Mark

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Reply: It's very hard to tell what young spiders are until they take on some adult characteristics-- glen

6 March, 2014:
Hope these are enough

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Reply: I'm fairly certain that the funnel web spider in South Africa is Tegenaria, possibly Tegenaria domestica (records of it do exist in South Africa, though it is not native). Tegenaria, like many in the family Agelenidae, build funnel webs. Tegenaria tend to build what I call "raggy" funnel webs, they tend to have holes or look incomplete like the one in the pictures. Another genus in the family, Agelenopsis, tend to build smooth funnel webs. -- Kelly

10 February, 2014:
Hey there Glen, I've attached several photos of a spider I found living in my room in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. It's approximately the size of the palm of my hand, with it's legs spread out. The web that it created is in the shape of a funnel. I'd like to be able to live in harmony with the cutie, but I just want to know whether it's poisonous? If it is, I'll relocate it to the Table Mountain Nature Reserve (which is just outside my back door- I live at the foot of Table Mountain). It's currently living in a glass vase that I was previously keeping plants in.. Thank for you help and kindest regards, Meva

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Reply: Can't see it well enough and not one I'm familiar with - glen

10 February, 2014:
Can you help identify this spider, I live Plymouth uk, it had strange skull like pattern on the back?

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Reply: Given where you are from and the colour of this spider as well as the darker brown stripe on its cephalothorx, I immediately thought of a wandering spider. Not sure but I would be careful with this one just to be safe - glen
 

10 February, 2014:
Hi glen, I am in Montezuma, Costa Rica and I found this big spider in my kitchen. Just wondering if u knew what it was? 

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A Viewer's Reply: I was just browsing your Unidentified spiders section and just wanted to say this one is a Skulltula from The Legend of Zelda series :)

Reply:  I suspect someone has done a very good job of photoshopping this one!! Looks pretty neat though - glen
 

25 January, 2014:
A friend sent me this pic cause he knows i love spiders but idk what it is it looks awesome can u help me out idk if its a real pic either --

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Reply:  It's a male, maybe one of the steatoda sp. but not sure - glen
 

25 January, 2014:
can you tell me what kind of spider this is? I live in Utah. --

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Reply:  It's very hard to tell what young spiders are - glen
 

21 January, 2014:
Hi i live in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. lest night i spotted this tiny off white spider wondering on our brown sofa in the basement. normally we don’t see any insects down there. i assume it is still young. i tried to take a clear picture but the attached is best i could do. please let me know what you think :)

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Reply:  I also searched and couldn't find this one - glen
 

18 January, 2014:
Good Day I found this spider yesterday at my waterfeature in the garden. We stay in Ngodwana( near) Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It was about as big as my pinky nail. And a silver metallic color as the picture. If I didn't saw it move myself I would not believed it was something alive. I neve saw something like this before. I did search on google, but could find nothing about it or what spider it was. Can you maybe help. Thank you very much Marisa

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Reply:  This is a most unusual spider and another one I've never seen before if anyone has any ideas, thanks - glen

18 January, 2014:
Hello, very curious about this one. the second photo shows it smaller and to the right of the flower. Taken in Brazil recently, State of Goiais SW of capital Brasilia. thanks and all the best Claudia

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Another reply from Kelly: You are correct, that is a giant crab spider, aka Huntsman.

Reply:  I don't believe it is a recluse, looks more like a huntsman from the body and leg shape - glen

9 January, 2014:
Happy New Year  can you please guide me on the spider type ... very unique sighting... should be a six eyed one, I believe a recluse but want your expert guidance please. 

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Reply:  Well disguised, looks more like a stick insect than a spider which it is. Found some photos of stick insects that look exactly like this one!! - glen
 

9 January, 2014:
Glen, Not even sure if this is a spider or a stick insect? Looks to have 8 legs but could be 6 legs + 2 antenna. Found on the trunk of a tree in rainforest Mossman River – Far North Queensland. Your input would be appreciated. Regards, Darren 

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Reply:  A Cobweb Spider, similar to those in the genus Theridion: http://bugguide.net/node/view/411090
Laura

 

9 January, 2014:
Hi Can you tell me what type of spider this is? --

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Reply:  It is rather hard to see this one, perhaps some sort of orb weaver going by the stripey legs - glen

9 January, 2014:

Dear Glen Attached is a pic of a spider which I have not been successful in identifying. She's right outside my bedroom window and as you can see, her babies are coming out of the egg sack. I live in Pilgrim's Rest, on the Eastern Escarpment of Mpumalanga, South Africa. Apologies:- it's not the best of photo's, but it's the only angle from which I can take pics. She scuttles away immediately when approached from any other angle... Thanks & regards. Judith

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Reply:  Here's another plastic spider that has been taken as real - the pedipalps again are a giveaway on this one too!! - glen
 

8 January, 2014:
Taken in El Paso Texas 1-1 2014. I didn't think it might look real but why leave it u can see were some one ran over it and it imprinted on the ground anyone else u can ask ? Just seems odd for that to be out in the open and it was the first of January I found it 2014 I kicked it just to get a closer look

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Reply:  Your spider is a stick or whip spider, Argyrodes(=Ariamnes) colubrinus. These spiders are quite common in eastern Australia, though not often seen due to their excellent camouflage. There is a picture at this link - glen
 

8 January, 2014:
Hi Glen, do you have any info on the spider photo attached ? Cheers, Barry.

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Reply: Wolf Spider (Lycosidae), maybe the same species I've linked to but I can't be positive:  Laura

6 January, 2014:
What kind of spider is this I found in the bed of my truck, in Ga.

 

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Reply: This was very interesting as everybody including a pest control person insisted this spider was real while I kept saying it was not. Finally I received the answer below!! - glen

2 January, 2014:
Well Glen, heres the rest of the story on the green spider! Deanna and Tim (the folks who found the spider) came up from AZ to visit my Sister. I had convinced my sister that maybe the spider wasn't real after getting the last message from you. So, after they got together on the Oregon coast, I received the email message, " The spider has been identified as "Chinalimus." I immediately went to the internet and tried for 30 minutes to find anything called "Chinalimus". There was nothing so I called my Sis on the phone, and said "Since all you spider people are in one room I want to know what a "Chinalimus" is! Lots of laughter, and then Deanna came on and said they turned the jar over and looked at the bottom of the "creature" and could see what they thought was a "C", but couldn't make out the rest of it. They were still afraid to open the jar and take it out, but at that point they conceded it was probably fake and probably from China, and since it was lime green they called it Chinalimus! Still no idea where it came from but speculate that the guys running the backhoe next door found it and threw it onto their deck! Also remember, the exterminator guy really wanted it and thought it was real! Anyway, hope I didn't take up too much of your time, but enjoyed this break from the ordinary, and wish you a very happy 2014 too! I also learned several things about spiders! Thanks again, Wes-  

24 December, 2014:
A friend of my Sisters found this spider near their home at Lake Powell, AZ this fall, during some earth moving in the vicinity. I've spent hours trying to identify it, and have gone around and around and around on the internet viewing pictures, looking at identification keys, and trying to figure out what it is. Its missing a couple of legs but sure seems to key down to Aranae. Maybe you can help? Thanks much! Wes

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Reply: Spiders are venomous not poisonous but I really haven't seen this one before - glen

2 January, 2014:
Hello I'm Brazilian girl, my name is Luana. About 2 months ago, a little spider live in my flower pot. I like her, she is Beautiful, but I don't know if her is poisonous. Can you help me?!

 

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