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Spider Photos - 2001

Here's some photos from 2001. Please choose a section.
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Spiders in Amber Closeups Ant & Wasp Mimicking Spiders
Argiopes/St. Andrew's Cross Barn Funnel Weaving Spider Basilica  Spiders
Bird Dropping Spiders Black House Spiders Bolas Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders Candy Stripe Spiders Common House Spider
Crab Spiders Cyclosa Conica Daddy Long Legs
Daring Jumping Spiders Fishing Spiders Funnel Web (Aus)
Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers Giant House Spider
Golden Orb Weavers Grass spiders/Funnel Weavers Ground Spiders
Hacklemesh Weavers Hobo Spiders Huntsman Spiders
Jewelled Spiders Jumping Spiders Ladybird Spiders
Leaf Curling Spiders Long Jawed Orb Weavers Lynx Spiders
Marbled Orb Weavers Micarathena Mouse Spiders
Mygalomorphs Net casting Spider Nursery Web Spiders
Parson Spiders Pirate Spiders Pseudoscorpion
Purseweb Spider Redback Spiders Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spiders
Running Crab Spiders Scorpion Spiders Segestria Florentina
Solfugids/Camel Spiders Southern House Spiders Spider Tats
Spitting Spiders Steatoda Tailless Whip Scorpions
Tarantulas Trapdoor Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders
Wandering Spiders

White Tailed Spiders

Widow Spiders
Wolf Spiders Woodlouse Hunters Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders
Zoropsis spinimana    


31 December, 2001:
Love your site! Found this in my bed...wondered what it might be...
Sarah in Alabama/USA

16 January, 2002:
  Paul Day answers for us:
This is some species of Crab spider, and since they change coloration a lot, it is difficult to tell you which species from just a picture.
Thanks Pauly.

17 December, 2001:
I know you can not identify it for me but I was hoping you could post it.  We found this lovely spider on the inside of our porch in Clermont, Florida

16 January, 2002:
  Paul Day answers for us:
This is Phidippus regius, a popular jumping spider species in the US called the Regal Jumping Spider (named for its regal colors).
Thanks Pauly.

8 October, 2001:
Can you tell me what kind of spider this is?
David Sprouse
12 October, 2001:
This is a Brown Widow (L. geometricus). It isn't as poisonous as the Southern Black Widow, but I'd still stay away. It is commonly found in tropical states of the US. Paul Day -





7 October, 2001:
I'm sorry if i am sending this question to the wrong person, but I was curious if you could help me identify this spider...the photo is attached.
Don Lopes

12 October, 2001:
This spider is a "Garden Spider" in the US, sometimes called a "Cross Spider", I suppose because of the pattern on its abdomen. It lives is a lot of Eastern U.S., and it's scientific name is Araneus diadematus, it is a Orb weaver.
Paul Day -
Thanks Paul

25 September, 2001:
Found this handsome devil sunbathing at the end of a dock on a cool August morning at Algonquin Provincial Park in northeastern Ontario. S/he measured about 2 1/2" from end to end. From what I saw this kind preferred the ground and made a lightning-quick getaway when disturbed. A friend  identified it as a 'Dock Spider' but I don't know if this is the correct name for this species. Pic taken by Graeme Bacque
August 24, 2001, Algonquin Provincial Park,Ontario, Canada

6 October, 2001:
Reply:  This is a fishing spider, perhaps Dolomedes tenebrosus, a fat female. Raft spider, is a term commonly used in Europe to define a Dolomedes species. - Paul Day

Reply: It looks like a Flower spider which can be white. Have a look at our Flower spider page. Click for a larger photo.
24 September, 2001:
Thought you may like this picture to add to your web sight....This spider had a butterfly for its meal. The other spiders that I have seen are brown in color, this one is white. Can you tell me why. My guess is, it's an albino ......?
Thanks Ronnie,
from Graham,N.C.]


26 September, 2001:
Reply: This is a very long shot kind of guess cause of the quality of the picture, but this spider I think is a Wolf Spider with the scientific name, Schizocosa ocreata
Paul Day

14 September, 2001:
Any idea what this is?
from US, Midwest


9 September, 2001:
Any Idea what kind this is? Our web developer Mitch Moccia and I watched it outside of our recording studio in Gainesville, FL. Thanks!

David Williams

Click for a larger photo.

Reply: This could be Neoscona (not positive it actually is in the Neoscona genus though). It's possible that the spider is Neoscona domiciliorum (redfemured spotted orbweaver).
Josh Hillman


This one looks like a Huntsman but was sent in as a Wolf Spider. Anyone help on this one, please.

26 September, 2001:
eply: Looks like a Huntsmen to me, perhaps a juvenile species, Paul Day


Here's an answer for the wasp mystery:
6 September, 2001:
What you found was the nest of wasps and wasps sting the spider prey with enough venom to paralyze the spider but not kill it. They place the wasp larva on these spider bodies, in the case of large wasps, in holes in the ground, or in cocoons  in the case of wasps that build, such as the common mud dauber. The young wasps that hatch have fresh meat to eat while they are growing and finally emerge and start the cycle all over again. The largest of these wasps are the cicada killer which is almost two inches long. They look very aggressive and appear to have a dangerous sting but are quite harmless. They prey on the large cicadas that you can hear making all that noise in trees in the summer that some people refer to as 17 year locust. The seventeen year refers to how long the live in the ground before the emerge to shed their skin and become flying insects. I have seen another smaller wasp which is purple, actually drag a small tarantula down a dirt road to get it in her burrow and it appeared to be half dead and once in, is stung by the wasp. It is paralyzed and ready to eat for future wasps. Al Bruning

Another answer on this one:
The message dated 3 September, 2001 (regarding the spiders in the nest): I don't know what kind of spiders these are, but a mud dauber wasp in the family Sphecidae (hunter wasps: digger wasps, sand wasps, mud daubers, etc.)
created the nest and stuffed each chamber with paralized spiders for the wasp larvae to feed on. Information on these wasps and the types of nests they make along with what they fill them with can be found at Sphecid Wasps (Sphecidae)
Josh Hillman,

And yet another answer - The pictures posted on 3 September, 2001 are not of a spider nest. That is a Mud daubers nest. They sting the spiders, paralyzing them, and pack them in the nest for the young to eat when they hatch out. The spiders in the photo are a St Andrew's Cross, but here we call them a black and Yellow Argiope.

Chris Stevens -


3 September, 2001:
Hello! We discovered this "nest" in our garage attached to a cardboard box. Expecting it to belong to a wasp or some kind of flying insect, we were quite shocked to find most of it literally packed full of spiders. Some of the "honey-comb" sections were still occupied by the larvae of whatever made the nest, but the other 70% were stuffed with these spiders that were in a sleep-like state with their heads down and legs stretched out behind them. Please help us answer our questions to this mystery: How did the spiders get in there? What kind are they? Why weren't they dead? What made the nest? Did the spiders eat the larvae in the sections of the nest that we found them in? HELP!!!
Thanks, Jim and Julie Rowland Grand Ledge, Michigan. USA

1 September, 2001:
We checked your website, nothing like spider on the left that we could find. Spider on the right leaves an anchor during the day, and at sunset they both are very busy catching dinner. Anyway, we want to make sure  they are not dangerous to us or the dog.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Post if you like.
Jonesboro IN
12 May, 2002:

Reply: This is a garden orb weaver and the one on the right a furrow spider.

24 May, 2001: - It was found in the evening our our doorstep. I put an US penny next to it for size. It's about 3 inches or so from tip to tip of legs.
Is it dangerous?

26 September, 2001:
Reply: This is Hogna helluo, a common American wolf spider, despite the claims, it  probably is only 2.5 inches in leg span, at the most. It is harmless.
Paul Day