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Spider Photos - Ghost Spiders

Here's some photos of Ghost spiders. They are often mistake for Yellow Sac spiders. Many thanks for allowing us to use the photos sent in. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section.
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Family: Anyphaenidae sp.
Identification: Body 1/4 — 1/2 inch long. Jaws (chelicerae) move side to side, scissor like. Eyes: eight small eyes closely grouped. Abdomen elongate with pair of long spinnerets. Colour: brown and yellow, beige or greenish-yellow; some species with dark markings. Very similar to sac spiders (Families Miturgidae and Clubionidae).
Distribution: A few species of ghost spiders occur in North America north of Mexico. The yellow ghost spider, Hibana (Aysha) velox, garden ghost spider, Hibana gracilis, and green ghost spiden Wulhla albens (prev. alba), occur in the southeastern U.S. and are common in Florida.
Biology: Ghost spiders actively hunt for prey (insects and smaller spiders) at night. During the day they rest in silken retreats under stones, behind bark and in folded leaves outdoors; also in protected corners and crevices of buildings. Ghost spiders can be seen year-round in Florida and the South but are most abundant in spring and summer. In colder climates, they overwinter as immature spiders or subadults (final immature stage).
Pest Status: The bite is similar to a pin prick or bee sting but the venom usually is not dangerous to humans. Occasionally short-term swelling and soreness or a small necrotic wound may result.

Looks like a ghost spider - glen

9 August, 2017:
Hi, Can you please tell me what kid is spider is this? It was found under toddlers toys in living room. Thanks, Melissa

Looks like a ghost spider - glen

2 June, 2016:
This was on a friends neck today and they want to know what type of spider it is. Thanks!

Reply: Maybe a ghost spider - glen

2 December, 2015:
During a driving trip I've had spiders looking like brown recluses dropping from my car's visor, and another one coming out of the AC vent. The one below was found on the side of the car one morning. Please help identify it. Thanks. James

Reply: Maybe a ghost spider - glen

17 May, 2014:
Hi, I was wondering if you could identify this spider. I have had 5 in my car the past week. I live in Fort Wayne, IN, surrounded by woods. I have a suspicion that they are brown recluse. I sure hope they are not. Please help! Thank you Jennatte


Reply: Looks like a ghost spider - glen

8 September, 2014:
Long story short we see these spiders and only these spiders inside our house ranging from baby to half dollar size. Most are dime to nickel size. we see anywhere from 5to 15 a month. We've been struggling with these spiders for three years and nothing seems to be killing them. There's no Web's we have no other insects in the house. No roaches no ants no bugs of any kind. Please help this is the only picture I have of it! I have two little boys in the house also and I'm worried that it might be poisonous. JMS


Reply: Looks a bit like a yellow sac spider but is probably a ghost spider - glen

28 May, 2014:
Hello Glen Could you please let me know what kind of spider this is. Thank you Vicky


Reply: This looks like a spider on last year's unidentified page which was ID'd as a Ghost Spider (Anyphaenidae): http://bugguide.net/node/view/504661/bgimage -- glen

10 February, 2014:
Don't know what kind of spider these are

Reply: Ghost Spider (Anyphaenidae): http://bugguide.net/node/view/406669/bgimage Laura

8 September, 2013:
Not great photos, but I have captured the eyes and body coloration – probably not an unusual spider, but I found it in my house in Florida… Any ideas? Thanks! Patrick

Reply: Maybe a ghost spider - glen

16 June, 2013:
Hi! I'm wondering if you can identify this spider? Thank you!

Reply: Ghost Spider (Anyphaenidae): http://bugguide.net/node/view/504661/bgimage

5 June 2013:
Here is a spider that landed on my laptop while I was outside on my deck at night in Texas. He/she came down connected to a piece of web silk floating in the air – there is nothing above my deck but the house was about 10’ away so I assume she was attached to the house somewhere. Doesn’t look like a Recluse to me, but I can’t find anything else that is a close match just by searching online. Thanks for any help you can provide!


ID: Type of Ghost Spider?: http://bugguide.net/node/view/489559 - Laura

4 June, 2012:

I live in Illinois, like 35 minutes from STL and have never seen this spider before but now I have seen it 2x so far this year, Can you please tell me what kind it is? Thanks again trista


Reply: Possibly a Ghost Spider (Anyphaenidae). According to Bug Guide the Ghost Spiders can be distinguished between Sac Spiders because they have two rows of club-shaped hairs on the bottoms of their feet and I think this is actually visible in the picture on two of the rear legs. http://bugguide.net/node/view/109237 - Laura

30 May, 2012:
Hello, I've been browsing your site for about a year now and I love it. I have a few photos of spiders that I'm having a hard time identifying. I would really appreciate it if you could take some time to check them out for me. If you're too busy, I understand. I tried to ID them to the best of my ability, but I'm still a huge amateur at this: Cheiracanthium.JPG - I think I narrowed this down to the genus Cheiracanthium. I'm assuming it's some kind of sac spider, but I can't find any with similar markings in your gallery, particularly those two little white nicks on the abdomen. This spider was also about the size of a dime.


Reply: No, I don't think it is a yellow sac spider, but not sure what it is -  glen

Reply from Laura: Might be some kind of Ghost Spider (Anyphaenidae). http://bugguide.net/node/view/394594

12 April, 2012:
Is this a yellow sac spider? thanks

Reply: http://ednieuw.home.xs4all.nl/Spiders/Anyphaenidae/anyphaenidae.htm Ghost spider? The two pictures at the bottom - that was him!! - Sarah

23 December, 2011:
Hi Glen, Love your site! I have an identification question - See attached pics. I am in N Nevada, near Reno. I always thought these were wolf spiders but I got close with a macro lens and now I'm not sure. In trying to identify this spider I read that hobo spiders have a 4 x 4 eye pattern like the pic (found this spider in the bathroom). The whole spider (leg tip to leg tip) is about the size of a dime, but I have seen them larger. Doesn't look like the pictures I have seen of brown recluses, legs seem much shorter. I work in medicine here and for many years I have seen "spider bites" constantly blamed on brown recluses (Although I do not know if they are very common here, if found here at all). BUT, I have heard Hobo spiders are not uncommon here. Any ideas?


Reply: It is not a brown recluse but not one I am familiar with - glen

8 Decem
ber, 2011:
Not sure if this is a brown recluse or not. Found on top of my car in Tampa, FL. Any help would be great! Thanks. Nick.


Reply: Maybe a ghost spider - glen

21 August, 2009:

hi, my name is stephanie, so i was changing my cloths and i have to assume it was on them because it was not there on my bed until i changed do you know what kind of spider this is and if it is poisionus? i live in east tennessee

20 July, 2005:
Hi, is this spider a yellow sac spider? We live in Philadelphia, Pa. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, mike
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