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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    


15 March, 2005:
  Hello, I knowed this site now, and liked. So, I was read some questions in the Unidentified 2002 about what kind of spider was the model showed, from Mike Merrell. And Andrew in picture of Unidentified 2004. Well, that spider, I think, and almost certainty, which it is the Brown Spider (Loxosceles). Here in South of Brazil that spider is common, but n spite of your size is dangerous. Can to kill if the person to be careless. Well, is enough. It is the good job. Oiram Bourges (Curitiba-PR-Brazil).

30 December, 2002:
I have found a few of these spiders around my house in West Texas, the one I have sent photos of here was found on the wall of my office. Back in the spring, my son had a spider bite that our Dr. suspected to be a Recluse. We found a few spider nests inside the screens of a window, and captured a couple of them. They were identified by an exterminator as Brown Recluse. I have since done a lot of house cleaning and exterminating, and didn't see many spiders around for a few months. I know the photos aren't very good quality, I took about 30 photos and have emailed you the clearest. Also included is a picture of my sons bite. If at all possible can you identify this spider?
Thank you,
Mike Merrell
(your web page is awesome...good job!)


15 June, 2003:
This is a green lynx spider.

23 December, 2002:
Here's one I took yesterday of a spider sitting on the menu on the drive-thru at a local Mexican restaurant... with my new 4 mega-pixel camera.


Rick Gloger

Reply: This is a  marbled orb weaver.

22 October, 2002:
I saw this on your website but did not see where it had been identified, do  you know what it is, I am curious because I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains and went hiking over the weekend and saw this I had never seen a spider in  this area that was so brightly colored. Any information would help, thanks
a bunch.


Reply: This is a harmless whipspider or tailless whipscorpion in the "Amblypygi" order (tailless whipscorpion) and probably "Phrynidae" family.
Josh Hillman,

19 September, 2002:
Buenos dias
La presente es para contarles que en el patio de mi casa encontre un animal extraño que parece araña, tiene patas largas, y dos flagelos como antenas, y tiene unas tenazas.  Les envio una foto de este animal para saber si ustedes tienen datos que me puedan proporcionar y saber cual es el nombre y que clase de animal es.
Alfonso Ordoñez, Guatemala, Guatemala,
Centro America, E-mail:

Reply: The three spiders are from top right - Argiope Aurantia, another argiope of some sort and a wolf spider with her egg sac.
Reply:  The wolf spider on the lower right is a Rabidosa, species wise, my guess would be a rabida, but its hard to say without a clearer shot of the abdomen.
Ryan Bell
14 September, 2002:
Dear Glenda,
What a gorgeous website you have! All photos are incredible, I never knew so many people will actually enjoy photographing spiders, this is wonderful. I'm sending you 3 photos of spiders. One was identified as a female of GOLDEN BANDED GARDEN SPIDER, daylight and night photo, another one I found in the garage. I live in California. Any idea what is the brown spider? It was big, 1 inch long body and over 2 in legs span. Best regards - and thanks for your beautiful site!

14 September, 2002:
Great site! I found this spider on the wall in my apartment (2nd floor - have no idea how it got here). Do you guys know what species it is and if it's dangerous? It was about 2 inches across, and did not move too much, even when touched. When it finally moved, it was relatively slow. Location is Sunnyvale, CA (in the San Francisco Bay

14 September, 2002:
I stumbled upon your sight while searching the internet looking to identify some spiders that are common in my house. I attached a few  pictures for you.

Very blurry image. Most likely the same spider on the left in spider03.jpg.

I removed the spider from the background (it had a very strong blue tint and I'm not good at color correction) and placed it on a white background in Photoshop. That was all the digital manipulation I did.

The spiders are inside a small plastic coffee mug. The inside diameter is approximately 2-2.5 inches.

I see this spider the most. It's in the bathroom, along baseboards, in corners, outside the front door ... everywhere!

Could you help me identify these and let me know if I should avoid them  or not? If I see the one in the last two pictures, I usually just grab it with my hands and throw it outside somewhere. I hope that's safe to
do. :)







Reply: This is a  garden orb weaver.

11 September, 2002:
Could you please tell me what kind of spiders this is? He hangs around outside and only comes out at night he has a huge web

11 September, 2002:
I am not sure of what this one is. I searched the internet and it seems to me that this is a Decorative Leucauge. I took the picture in my garden in Sterling VA. Thanks for helping,

Reply: This spider is "Leucauge venusta" (orchard orbweaver).
Josh Hillman,


Reply: This is a  garden orb weaver.

11 September, 2002:
Hi Glen,
Could you help me identify this huge spider found by my friend at his house in Northern Virginia? There is like two white dots under its belly. Let me know if you need more info.
Love your website,

9 September, 2002:
I wonder if you are able to identify this spider, found in my garage in Townsville, it fell into a bucket of water during the night.
Regards Michael.Nugent.
6 September, 2002:
I need a little help with this one. She was perched near the ceiling in a mobile home with her babies first thing in the morning. She is about 4-5 inches across and very fast. Could you give me your best guess on what kind of spider this is? This was found in Southern Indiana in the USA near, but
not right on the water.
Chuck Smith

Reply: Hello glen, my proposition for 28 August 2002 is Larinioides sclopetarius (or et least genus Larinioides) [fam. Araneidae]. It is nearly cosmopolitical species at present times, so could be encountered almost everywhere, usually near water. In Poland the species occurs on various constructions (usually brigdges) over water or nearby (hardly ever on plants - in contrast to Larionides cornutus which typically makes webs on plants. So, the photos are of very poor quality, but markings on abdomen are "wright" fo L. sclopetarius, as well as place (beach - near water). Red colour on abdomen may be some "artefact" or be a sign of some dammage and I think the feature have not any identification value.

28 August, 2002:
I realize that you probably get swamped with pictures of spiders that people would like you to identify, and I hope it would not cause you to much trouble to look one for me. I am very interested in unusual insects and small animals, and I spend a great deal of time studying about them. I have often considered going to school for entomology. In the mean time I usually just take picture and attempt to identify the species myself from pictures that I find on the internet or books.  This particular spider has had me stumped for quite some time. I found this spider in Caseville Michigan on a under a picnic table at the beach. I have seen similar types, but none that display the red coloration above the base of the abdomen as this one does. I have noted similarities that it has in common with several others that I have researched. Such as the body styling that resembles the fisherman, but the abdomen is plump like you would see on an orb weaver. It doesn't appear to have the same bulk that you find in the cephalothorax of a wolf spider or member of that family. It was about an inch and a half long. The web that the spider eventually climbed into was not anything like an orb weaver would spin it was far more sporadic. And display no symmetry. It was strung under the picnic table very haphazardly. I thought this was a particularly beautiful specimen, but I don't know of what. If you could offer me any help in identifying this species I would greatly appreciate it. I have attached a close up view of the spider and a view from a few feet away that I took with a digital camera.
Monica L. Barton

20 August, 2002:
Hello, I am not sure if you are still doing this. I have found this spider in my house. It was sitting above my stove when i found it. I smushed it i am afraid deathly of spiders... I took some pictures with my video camera and managed to get screen shots of them. The closest link i could place was either a wolf spider or a *urk* brown recluse... I live in the Camp Pendleton (near oceanside) area of California... Hopefully you can help me out. I have found MANY spiders here and have caught 3 black widows *urk again* and a handful of others... Thanks in advance for your help,

23 August, 2002:
Reply: The spider shown in several photos submitted by William Olson on August 18-19, 2002 are most likely not brown widows (Latrodectus geometricus),however they are in the same family: Theridiidae (cobweb weavers). The photos here look similar to "Tidarren sisyphoides" (tent cobweb weaver), though the ones that I've come across have been significantly lighter in colour: Tidarren sisyphoides - Tent Cobweb Weaver
Female brown widows have an orange hourglass marking on the ventral side of the abdomen. Younger female brown widows tend to have very distinct patterns across their abdomens while older adults are often mostly a dark brown color. As William mentioned in his August 19 note, the coloring can vary quite a bit from one brown widow to the next and they also can vary quite a bit between each instar. The hourglass is consistent, though. The eggsacs produced by the brown widows are pretty distinct. They're spherical like those of other Latrodectus species (widow spiders), however the eggsacs of the brown widow also are "tufted" making the eggsacs look like they're covered in tiny spikes. Several photos of various brown widows and eggsacs can be seen here: Latrodectus geometricus - Brown Widow

Josh Hillman,
19 August, 2002:
I have found photos of brown widows on the web. There seems to be a wide variation in colour and pattern. It also seems we are a bit far north for their normal range. Here is a photo of my friend curled up and laying on
its back. It's hard to tell if there is an hourglass, but certainly no red or orange.

18 August, 2002:
Here are some spider photos. The first attachment shows several photos of the same spider. I have never seen one like it. Do you have any idea what it is? The abdomen is almost spherical and it is the same color but not as much pattern on the underside. It can tuck its legs in and roll like a ball.

In the second attachment, I believe the predator is a jumping spider. The prey may be a small hobo.
William Olson

16 August, 2002:

I was looking at your spider page (it's really great!), and I just wanted to  put in my two cents :-). The unidentified spiders from 30 July 2002 are golden silk spiders, Nephila clavipes. The ones below that, from 6 July, which you call a "corn silk spider," is to the best of my knowledge also Nephila clavipes, the golden silk spider, a.k.a. golden orb spider (though this title also belongs to a different spider!), a.k.a. banana spider (according to some, and due to the yellow-gold color of their abdomen). These spiders are actually native to the southern U.S. and down through central and parts of South America. I live in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, where we often have a number of large Nephila clavipes spiders living on our deck. The females can be huge, with a body size up to 40 cm. The males are about 1/10 the size of the females and are a dull brown color. The females get to their largest size in August, just before they die. The pictures sent in from Florida are wonderful shots of the spider mating! I have also read about the government researching the silk of orb spiders, with potential applications in the manufacture of bullet-proof vests and parachutes, among other things. I'll have to look up that article again. Thanks for your interesting page! E. Douglas
1 September, 2002:
Reply: I believe the big spider in Mark's August 5 photos is the Carolina Wolf Spider (lycosidae carolinensis), the largest species of wolf spider in the U.S.
Douglas Kaiser
5 August, 2002:
I named this spider Christine. I found her in the front yard. At first I thought the movement under the leaves was a mouse until she jumped onto the side of the house. She did not move at all, so I went to get my camera. She posed for several shots. As far as I can tell, she is an American Wood Spider, but your students might be able to identify her properly. She was about 5 and a half inches across, with her legs almost as large as my hand. She is definitely a runner/jumper. She jumped nearly 3 feet from the ground to her position on the wall of the house.
- Mark

23 August, 2002:
The arachnid posted on August 4, 2002 has already been identified as a windscorpion or camel spider, but it's worth knowing that it's neither a true scorpion (order: Scorpiones) nor a true spider (order: Araneae).
This is in its own order: Solifugae (windscorpions)
Josh Hillman,
Reply: The spider on the unidentified page dated 4 August 2002 is a Solifugae, also known as a Sun Spider, windspider, windscorpion, or in the mid-east as a Camel Spider. Stories on the net indicate high levels of aggression and would account for the "feisty little booger."
4 August, 2002:
I found this "thing" crawling on my carpet in West Texas yesterday. At first I thought it was a termite but upon closer inspection I realized that it had 8 legs. The front pair seems blunter than the other sets, which have two small fingerettes on the ends of them. The thing that gets me is the double pincers that are parallel in front of the head. They clamp vertically. The eyes are very small and close set behind the division of the jaws. I can't see if there's 8 of them because of their small size. It's a feisty little booger when prodded.
The "Thing" from august 4th is a solfugid or Windspider, Sunpider, Camelspider (Take your pick).
Scott Scher, Webmaster,

1 September, 2002: 
The spider in the August 2, 2002 picture sent by Todd looks to be a grass spider (agelenidae agelenopsis), a harmless funnel weaver found in the U.S.
Douglas Kaiser

3 August, 2002:
Not too worried, but want to know if at all possible if dangerous- VERY curious 2 year old, and want to make sure she wont get into too much trouble... we live in San Diego. Thanks!
P.S. Sorry for the poor quality pic- I need a new/better digital camera.

27 June, 2003:
Reply: The photos dated July 30, 2002 are:Top-left, bottom-left, bottom-right: female Nephila clavipes (golden silk orbweaver) Top-right: Argiope aurantia (yellow garden spider)
Josh Hillman,
30 July, 2002:
Check out these guys in the enclosed email. There are 100+ of these spiders just in my backyard, which is only 1/4 of an acre. I've never seen anything like it. There are over 40 of the same kind of spider in one massive web. Any clue what kind of spider these are. (Click for a larger view)
Reply: *Photo on top right is a black and yellow argiope. Others look like some sort of orb weaver or the corn silk spider below.


27 July, 2002:

I found my cat playing with this spider last night on my living room floor, in Bellingham, Wa. I was wondering if you could tell me what it is?

Greg Rose


30 April, 2003:

In Florida, where they're very common, we call them "Golden Silk spiders" When sunlight strikes the web,the strands take on a gold colour. The scienitific name is Nephila Clavipes. They are found in the new world tropics. Their life cycle is around June to Oct. Like the vast majority of spiders, they are also 'sexually diamophic', meaning that one sex, in this case the female is much larger than the male. In the spider world, the female is the dominant sex. They are a very gentle, yet quick moving spider. I've let them walk on my arm serveral times, they're very tame. If you have some on your property, and they're not in the way, I'd strongly recommend leaving them there. They, like all spiders are great pest control. Any other questions, please write me

13 July 02:
  The pics of the spider sent in by Mary in Jacksonville is called the corn silk spider, whose web is so strong the govt is testing it for poss. use ..the female has a shell and looks like a mini crab, the male is tiny ..comes from central America .. from possibly banana shipping. Rhonda

6 July, 2002:
I am attaching a zip file of pics of a few spiders that have taken up residence outside my home. The first is about the size of my hand outstretched, and is very menacing looking.
Mary, Jacksonville, Fl.

14 July, 2002:
Hi, is that a baby on her belly, or a male spider trying to mate? Is there that much of a difference between the two sexes? Hello again, I've been out looking at our guests, and noticed that a few of them seem to be mommas. I've attached a zip file of what I'm talking about, also of the new one in the laundry room.
Jacksonville, Fl.

19 July, 2002:
The spider showed up again last night. Here is a *much* better picture (finally figured out how to use my camera. I'm still clueless as to what it is.


Paul Day just told me that it is a Brownish Grey Fishing Spider (dolomedes teneberosus).

Keep up the good work on the site!

Reply: Jim, If the spider has long spinnerets (they will look like tapered exhaust pipes at the end of its body), it is Agelenopsis aperta. Also if the body length is 14 mm or longer that is also A. aperta. It looks like A. aperta to me by the banding on the abdomen. It could be Hololena but the striping on the back is thicker with the dark stripe and thinner with the light stripe. Hololena are also much smaller (about 10 mm body length max)
rick vetter
5 July, 2002:
We have a spider in the kitchen window (inside) that looks like descriptions of a wolf spider but it has this large web with a funnel. It is about .8 to 1.0 inch long (area covered standing from front "foot" to rear). Its web is about a foot across several potted plants. It would be larger but that goes beyond my curiosity in keeping it around. Could you identify it?
Jim Goetting
Riverside, CA


Reply: This is a  jumping spider.

2 July, 2002:
I have found a spider in our house (picture attached). I thought it might be a red-backed spider, but the red covers most of the tail, not just a stripe.

What kind of spider is this? Sorry the picture is fuzzy.
Stacey Copeland

28 June, 2002:
I found this spider in my mom's house the other day (6-25-02).  I was wondering if this is one of the species of Brown Recluse spiders we have here. Can you please help me identify this spider? My mom lives in central Mississippi (USA). As a child I was bitten by a Brown Recluse (I believe, as I never actually felt the bite or saw the spider), and have attached a photo (I found on the web) named "brown recluse bite". It looks EXACTLY like the bite I had, except my bite was on my ankle. PS.. I REALLY like your web site!!

1. The photo in the middle of the three below is to give you a reference to the size of the spider. It was very small (about 1/2 inch total length, or less). In this photo, the spider is on a CD sleeve.
2. The photo on the far right was taken when I made the spider cold (by putting it in the freezer for about 25 seconds) and then flipped it over. it was fine after about 2 minutes.

22 June, 2002:
Hi there. I love your spider website and I thought you may be interested in these photos I snapped of a Purse Web (Atypidae) spider I found while digging in my garden in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The body size of this spider is about 25 mm. Despite its terrifying appearance, it is a real coward. It is a mygalomorph, related to tarantulas and funnel web spiders.

Best regards,
Todd Johnson
North Vancouver, Canada

26 May, 2002:
Dear Rochedale State School,
I found this spider ( I think it's a spider) in my bathroom in Pennsylvania, US. It is black or dark brown with pinchers in front of it.  It has short legs and is small. I was wondering if you could identify this spider for me. Please e-mail me back at:
Thank You,

Reply: Could it be a pseudo scorpion? Have a look at this page and see what you think.

23 August, 2002:
The spider posted on May 20, 2002 is a female "Heteropoda venatoria" (huntsman spider). The females have a legspan reaching about 10cm and the males, while having a smaller body, have a legspan reaching about 12cm. Heteropoda venatoria - Huntsman Spider.
Josh Hillman,
20 May, 2002:
I was wondering if you could help me identify a spider that was on my Ceiling in my garage. I am in Clearwater Florida. It has a 6" leg span with a huge abdomen.

10 May, 2002:
Hi , I like your site. Here is some photos I just took. Could you confirm that this spider is Phidippus regius, the Regal Jumping Spider? It is very pretty. It has a dark black velvety body and white striped legs with a white pattern on its back. It appears to want to jump , but it hasn't . The other photo is of a beautiful blue wasp. I know the photos aren't that good but it is hard to get a wasp and a spider to pose fro the camera. You can use these photos for your site if you wish. I have put the spider and the wasp to a duel for death. Heehee. Who do you reckon will win?

Here is a better photo of Phidippus regius. The photo that I sent you earlier of the wasp is a blue Spider Wasp. To update you on the  outcome of the battle, they didn't seem interested in fighting at all, and they told me that they were not put here for my entertainment, so I set them free. You can use this photo if you would like.


12 May, 2002:
Hello I am nick and I saw a web like this one. i put an insect on the edge of that web and out comes a spider about 1.5cm and catches the insect with its palps and took it in. I am from Malta an island in Europe and so it is a European spider. Is it a segestria florentina??????????

12 May. 2002:
This is the family, Deinopidae "ogrefaced spiders". I don't know exactly what species it is though. There's at least one species in Florida, US: Deinopis spinosa.
Josh Hillman,

18 April, 2002:
This spider hangs around our back fence posts during the summer. I seldom see more than 2 anywhere around the place. As you can see, he (she) spins the web to capture prey, and holds it until the prey is trapped. Since I have never witnessed the engagement, I am not sure if the spider eats the meal then, or keeps it for later. I just thought this was a most unusual specimen, and wanted to share. I do not, however, know what it is. Any help would be appreciated.

Paul replies: This is a picture of a spider (perhaps a species of Wandering Spider) molting (or shedding it’s skin). This is how arachnids grow, and the wasp was probably taking advantage of this time because the spider is helpless when it is molting.

24 March, 2002
Sorry this is not a comment but a question. Yesterday we saw a wasp on top of a rain spider and my dog interrupted the scene and the wasp flew away. We now have a spider which i think is paralyzed , what can we do to get it better or what can we do to make his misery go away. There is something very strange happening with the spider I told you about. It seems to be splitting or something. Really weird. We are taking a photo for you. Hope it comes out clear. Do you think the poison has
completely destroyed it. When I blew softly on it yesterday, the spider seemed to lift is legs slightly.
Hope you can help.
Anthea Metcalf

18 March, 2002:
Having seen your site, I feel compelled to send you this picture of a scary looking big spider we saw  recently on holiday in Thailand. Kinda resembles Aladdin's slipper. There is a big dip between the body and  the head.If you imagined being small enough to walk over his back, you'd have to take a huge step down to stand on its head......not that you'd want to of course as you'd be small enough to be on the menu. It's just that I have a lousy manner of explaining myself and that was the best way I thought. The pic was not taken at night but on a slip path to a temple on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand. I'd  say from back foot to front foot it measures the size of a hand. Incredible! Hope you can help. I have no idea and not found anything on any sites.
Daniella ....also feel like itching everywhere, lol.
Reply: Though I'm not positive, I believe that this spider is in the genus Nephila (some are in Asia). It is similar to the huge Nephila clavipes (golden silk orbweaver) found frequently in the Americas.
Josh Hillman,

12 March, 2002:

This is a reply from Graham Milledge at the Australian Museum -
"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:"
Came across your excellent site when seeking to identify the pictured spider. Could you assist in identifying this spider observed in my Melbourne garden. At the time of photographing, it had stretched its front legs forward, in an attempt I guess to look like a stick.

It caught my eye on a web line of about 2 metres - from the side of the house to a tree. I initially thought it was some form of stick insect as it appeared to be trapped on the edge of a small orb-weaving spider's web - however, it transpired that the orb-weaver and this spider were having a stand-off of sorts.

Overall length of cephalothorax and abdomen is about 4 cm - with the abdomen being some 3.5cms. Front and rear legs are longer than centre pair of legs - yeap, there are 8 legs! Cephalothorax and abdomen are of similar dimensions in cross section.

Thanks in advance.
double R


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