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Unidentified Spider Photos 2009 (1)

Here's some photos sent in by viewers. Many thanks for allowing me to use these photos. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. If anyone can help with identifying those that people have asked about, please email me so I can pass the info on. Please choose a section below.

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Spiders in Amber Closeups Ant 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 Ghost Spider
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 Red & Black Spiders
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
Tengellid Spiders Trapdoor Spiders Two Spined Spiders
Venusta Orchard Spiders

Wandering Spiders

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


Reply: This is not a spider but it is an arachnid. I won't spoil Laura's contest by saying what it is though. I have given her my opinion though - glen

2 December, 2009:
Hi, I was wondering if you could help me identify this spider or if it is even a spider at all. I live in Missouri. I had just cleaned this vinyl air mattress and turned around to grab a sheet to put on it, when I turned back there it was! The color is actually more of a bright orange/red. And it is actually really tiny. About the size of a mini M&M or large freckle. I've had a large group of family and friends try to identify it, and they in turn have asked numerous people they know, and no one seems to know what it is. Maybe it isn't a spider at all! Anyway, now a friend has decided to sponsor a contest to see who can identify it first. But before we can pick a winner, we need to know what it is. Can you help me? Feel free to use the images however you want. I really appreciate any information you can give me on this. Laura

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Reply: This could be a small huntsman but not positive about it - glen

28 November, 2009:
Not sure if the attached picture is where the spider came from, or where I just happened to spot it. Yes, it is on a bunch of bananas. Kevin Gleason Hollywood, FL


Reply: Hi Ed, good to hear from you again. This could be one of the steadota species but not sure - glen

28 November, 2009:
Hi Glen, Just a bit for interest and to say hello. Was out looking for some fungi yesterday and I turned over a dead piece of wood and found the attached, the "egg sac" was about a quarter of an inch long. Mind you I do not know what the spider is. Take care and I hope you have a lovely Xmas and a Happy New Year. Eddie.

Reply: It's a pity the best shot is of the underneath. It is always best to be careful with bananas from Sth America as the Brazilian Wandering spider has been found in bunches transported to the USA. However I can't really tell from your photos what that one is, it may be a huntsman of some sort which is harmless but then it would be best to treat it with caution just in case it is some sort of wandering spider which is very dangerous - glen

24 November, 2009:
Hi This spider was found in a bunch of bananas in a super market in England. The bananas were from Colombia. It is about 3 inches long with legs. Please can you identify this for me. Is it from Colombia. Or is it a local. Is it poisonous or not. I have looked all over the net but can not identify it myself. All help would be most appreciated as it is a fantastic specimen. Thank you Mark

Reply from Dove: yeah, took the photo in the near-dark...mistook a dry grass blade for another leg on the one side. it's a jerusalem cricket or potato bug. is a funny site - dove

Reply: This is an insect and not a spider as it only has 6 legs and it has 3 body parts - glen

23 November, 2009:
Seen in the hills north of Los Angeles, California, USA. Body about 2cm long or a bit more. Relatively short legs. Moved very slowly across the path. Dove

Reply: I can't see it well enough to ID it sorry - glen

23 November, 2009:
You will find a picture attached of a spider I found in my house. I live near Atlanta, GA.

Another Reply: Hi Glen, I replying to the question Joel from Portland, Oregon sent you that is posted under the 2009(1). I believe you are correct about it being a hobo spider. I live in Bend, Oregon and it looks very similar to the female hobo spiders we have here. Thanks, Cassie
: Even though these photos are excellent, I'm not really sure what it is. From the fact that you live in Oregon and the markings on the abdomen along with no bands on its legs, this could very well be a hobo spider. I'd say it is definitely in the tegenaria family but it just does not look quite like the other photos I've been sent of hobo spiders. Any help would be great! - glen
9 November, 2009:
These spiders are common in my home. We live a few miles south of Portland Oregon. Iím hoping the photos are clear enough for positive identification. Thanks, Joel.

Reply: It could be a brown widow but I can't see if it has any red underneath. Otherwise it could be a house spider that is pale because it's just moulted. - glen

9 November, 2009:
I found this spider on the back of the house. I thought maybe it was a house spider but it didn't really look like any I had seen. It's very pale. What are your thoughts? Thanks so much, Leann

Another reply from David: This is a wheel bug, a predatory true bug.

Reply: This is not a spider, it has 6 legs and 2 antennae so it is an insect and it is caught in the spiders web. We call them stink bugs here but I don't know its exact name  - glen

24 October, 2009:
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Reply: This is some sort of long jawed orb weaver I think - glen

23 October, 2009:
Thank you. PS its body is the size of an eraser

Another Reply from Carl in the UK: The spider correctly i.d.'d as a mygalomorph is a species of Trapdoor spider from the family Cyclocosmia. It could possibly be Cyclocosmia truncata. What appears to be a pattern on the abdomen is actually the blunt end of it's abdomen which forms a 'plug' or false bottom to the spiders hole when it's near the bottom. Fascinating species and a nice find. You should find plenty of examples of them if you google it.

Reply: This is some sort of myglamorph but the pattern on its abdomen is very unusual - glen

16 October, 2009:
appreciate your help id-ing this on my living rm rug, Signal Mountain, TN 37377 USA

Reply: The eye pattern is not that of a wolf spider. It could be a huntsman perhaps but its a but hard to tell from the photos- glen

16 October, 2009:
Hi I hope I am doing this the correct way. A friend found this spider outside of her door last night. Unfortunately she didn't call me last night and the spider spent the night outside in the cold and didn't make it :(. But we are still wondering what it is. It looks like either a huntsman or a wolf I am not sure. She says that she has found several of them through the summer. I just hope she finds a live one and calls me before it gets to cold. These are real beauties. Thanks for the help. If you need more pictures I will keep her until I hear back from you then I will go ahead and bury her. CT

Reply: I can't see its eye pattern or any details well enough to say what this one is sorry! - glen

14 October, 2009:
I was wondering if you could identify this spider. The body was about 1 Ĺ inches. Thanks, Kim

Reply: I doubt that you have seen a brown recluse near your fish pond as they are not in Australia. Is this your actual picture of your spider? - glen

14 October, 2009:
Hello, my name is tegan and i live in the top of Australia in the Northern Territory. and the red x are claiming this ''new'' spider caused this mans virus thing. now i think its a type of fishing spider or huntsman. what do you think as ive seen this thing many times around my fish pond. please let me know from tegan.

Reply: Could possibly be a desert recluse - glen

14 October, 2009:
Hello recently found three of these spiders in my house on the wall, one in the garage, one climbing above my son crib and one in my bathroom we live in southern california in a mountainnous/ high desert area any help would be appreciated all photos of same spider just couldnt get the lighting right thank you

Reply: Not sure what this one is either. It is a male spider and could be a grass spider -  glen

14 October, 2009:
Hello :) On many occasions I have come across this spider on your website and it is always unidentified. I've looked elsewhere and had mistaken it for a huntsman... until I realized elsewhere it is ALSO unidentified. I was hoping with a bigger picture perhaps you can help me unravel the mystery (usually these guys are much smaller but I found a rather large one and had to take a picture). I live in the Florida Keys and we have these all over my yard (my yard is basically a jungle).  Let me know what you think, thank you for your time.

Reply: Not sure what this one is either as the photo not too clear. Looks a bit like a crab spider with the shape of the legs- glen

14 October, 2009:
Hi Glen, Can you help me identify this spider. This is the second one of these I've found in the house in 2 days. (Picture attached) I live in central Virginia, USA. I thought it was a brown recluse last night, but looking at this one today I see it lacks the dark violin shape, and it's rear legs look too short. So I'm not worried any more, but now I'm just really curious. It was about the size of a dime or a penny, including legs. Any ideas? Carl


Reply: Not sure what this one is with its 6 legs and the photo not too clear. Looks a bit like a daddy long legs, it's definitely not a brown recluse - glen

14 October, 2009:
Hi Glen, Yet here is another that has fascinated me all summer long and continues to thrive in the ceiling corner of our bathroom. I see in the photo what looks to be six clear pairs of eyes above the wide violin shape, yet this one has only six legs... Were two lost? What ere it????? Please.. Thanks very much. Jim


Reply: This is either a wolf or a fishing spider, it's too hard to tell from the photos - glen

12 October, 2009:
I have not been able to identify this spider. It was crossing my concrete driveway late last night. I am not concerned that it's venomous, simply curious due to it's size. If it helps, I live in West Michigan in a wooded area. Thank you very much. ps. He did not end his life in the jar. I set him free following the photo shoot. -- -Leeanne

Reply: It helps to know where people are from. These photos could be one of the tegenaria (hobo) spiders but it also has the long spinnerets typical of a grass spider so I'm not sure what it is. It is a male though. glen

29 September, 2009
I have these spiders in my house. I captured one so I could identify it to see if they are dangerous, but I can't figure out what they are. Please help.
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Reply: I'd say this is also some sort of orb weaver but once again impossible to tell from the angle of the photo - glen

20 September, 2009
Can you please tell me what kind of spider this is? Thank you, this was found in Sacramento, CA. The original spider that made the orb web was not the spider that you see on the web now. The original spider was brown and furry. Like a garden orb spider. I don't know what this one is. It kinda looks like a widow of some kind. I do not know. Thank you, Melan


Reply: This is some sort of argiope but its impossible to tell which one from the underside - glen

20 September, 2009
Dear Sir/s I have found this spider in my garden in Lanzarote Spain, Could you help and tell me what it is as I have never seen one like it, I sits in its web all the time and does not seem to move, the web is very strong and big, this photo that I have sent you of the spider was taken of the underside of it, it's back is like a metallic silver color. I have a small daughter and was worried it may be harmful . Hope you can help on this. Regards Alan.

Reply: The eye pattern is certainly that of the fishing spiders, nice photos - glen
7 September, 2009:
(feel free to post it if you want - and to remove my site name if it's against your policy) I have seen this large spider in Borneo, about 800m high, under the roof of a shed, close to a waterfall and a little lake that goes with it; it is huge, I would say the length from end of front leg to end of back leg is about 15cm (6"); it looks somewhat like one of your giant fishing spiders, but Borneo is in Asia, and I think I read these are only in South America. Do you know this lady? Thank you Pascal  (France)

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5 September, 2009:
Hi. We have visited your site many times in trying to identify our spiders. I am quite the Arachnophobic and really have a problem seeing spiders, especially in my home. The second pic was the camel spider in our bathroom (which I identified thanks to your site). I almost died of a heart attack while killing this one. The first pic was a tiny spider hanging in the bathroom near the night light. The third pic is a really neat looking spider that I have seen on my squash plants and on this black eyed Susan bloom. Lastly, if you can identify this one, it was hanging (actually two of them were close together) in the web outside of a window of our house. On the front, it was very bulbous and looked like a Widow of some sort. This pic is from the underbelly that show four spots and an orange tail. Any ideas of what this one is? It's quite large and VERY scary (at least to me)! We are new here in West Texas (Muleshoe) and I'm quite upset about all of the freaky spiders we've been having, (especially the camel spider) but then he was followed up by a house scorpion in our bathroom about two weeks later! YIKES! Other people have told us that it's tarantula season here and they are coming out. Is that true here?? If I see one, I'll probably drop dead. Anyway, thanks for all of the useful information on your site. Anytime my husband wants to keep me from sleeping he just opens the pics you have and it does the job. I hope you can identify that last one I have at least. Thanks! Susan :)

Reply - This looks like one of the steatoda species - a cobweb spider - glen

Reply - This is a camel spider - glen

Reply from Nick: The third picture looks like a Female Velvet Ant(which are wingless), which is actually a wasp, very painful sting. It's very possible considering the Velvet Ant is native to New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. The sting is very painful, but as they're non-aggressive and only the wingless females can sting, it's not likely to sting you unless you go and bug it.

Reply - I don't know what this one is - glen

Reply - I can't see the top to ID this one - glen

Reply: - the 1st is definitely a male s. grossa.  the 2nd might be some kind of orb weaver.  i think the rest are sac spiders because of the coloration. Charla
31 August, 2009:
Hi Glen, I have moved to California Irvine 8 months ago and I have seen lots of spiders since I live here. I also have had bird mites that I have never even heard of before. I find spiders a lot in my area as there are so many in the surrounding bushes where I live and they get into sometimes my home as well. I would like to ask you to help me to identify them as I just want to make sure none of them are venomous. Also I just want to get familiar with my environment and learn who else I am sharing my home with. Would be nice to put a name to it and some habits. Also to find out if which ones are even beneficial. I am no spider expert so I definitely need your help. I caught them as my cat is good at finding all intruders in my home but I threw them back to the bushes. Except the one on the violet colored background my cat has killed before I got to it. Thank you, Niki

Reply - This could be an ant mimicking spider - glen

Reply - I don't know what this one is - glen

Reply: This one looks like a Ground Spider -  (Gnaphosidae) Ľ Zelotes Ľ Zelotes duplex


Reply: I don't think it's a recluse as the colours are wrong and I can't see any violin on its cephalothorax - glen

29 August, 2009:

Payson, AZ, USA I'm thinking brown recluse, but the legs are so hairy, and it's so yellow, but I saw pics like this on your site under recluse.....

29 August, 2009:
Hi Glen, I live in Hawaii (on the Big Island) and about a year or so ago I noticed these two new spiders making themselves at home on my property. I have not been able to identify them and would appreciate any help you can offer. Here are the descriptions of each along with the best pictures I was able to take of them. Thank you! Aloha, Calla L.


Reply: It is similar to a parson spider but doesn't have the white marking that they usually do - glen

21 August, 2009:

Hi Glen! I live in Portland, Oregon and have found 3 of these spiders so far. None have webs. I saw one in my bathroom running on the floor, one in my bedroom in a pile of clothes near my dresser, and one hanging out on my ceiling. When I tried to kill the one on my ceiling it came at me. I just want to know if it is a poisonous spider or not. Any help would be great! Attached are several photos I have taken, sorry for the quality spidy is stuck to a glue trap. Kacey

Reply: These are identified by David but I'll put them here as I don't have a page for them - glen
23 August, 2009:
Hello. Perhaps you might be interested in a few of my photos to add to your collection, both of live and fossil spiders. They are, perhaps, nothing spectacular, but they are a bit different. I'll try to describe them in the order of attachment. Live spiders, all from Ann Arbor, MI, USA: A feather-legged spider (Uloborid) in its orb-web; a pirate spider; Yours sincerely, David
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Reply: It could belong to the venusta family or lynx family, I'm not sure about this one - glen

9 August, 2009:

Hello Glen, My son is doing a spider census for School and he found this specimen. We live in Wichita, Kansas. It was found on its web, it wasn't an orb web but a strange big web, close to the water. We have looked but can't find anything like it. If you could help us that would be soooo great. Thanks


Reply: It doesn't have the stripes that usually typify the wolf spider.

1 August, 2009:

Hello, I found this spider in my basement. I life in SE Iowa. It's the biggest thing I have ever seen. I assume it is some type of wolf spider. Can you identify it for me. Thanks. Dr. Jason


1 August, 2009:
Can you identify this spider? I thought maybe a Parson spider at first, but it has a very distinct white spot on its head. Jessica


1 August, 2009:
FOUND THIS SPIDER IN OUR BATHROOM. it had an egg sack with it .the babies hatched but they are not on mom's back they are free roaming. can you tell me what kind of spider this is thank you very much for your help

Thank you so much Glen! Yes, I saw the reply on your website, first I overlooked it but now I saw it. And I looked up the Danish name for the spider, it is called a Smaragdedderkop :=) Ginette
Reply: This is indeed Micrommata roseum - click here for more info - glen

2 November, 2009:
Hi, In July I sent you a picture of an unknown spider I found in my garden. You placed it on your website, but until now nobody has recognized it. A week ago I found a similar one in my house. I was able to make a pretty good picture of it, I sent it hereby. Can you recognize it now? Thanks! Kind regards, Ginette


26 July, 2009:
Hi, I live in Danmark. Found this spider in a plant in my garden. It had woven a very thick web in the opening of a half-out rolled leave. First I didn't recognize it as a spiderweb, I thought it was some swampy stuff, but when I opened the leave a little more to have a look and accidently broke the web a little, I saw this light green spider inside, together with a small white bag, hanging from the 'ceiling'. In the bag were lots of very tiny green eggs, same color as the spider. For some reason the spider came out for a minute to have herself photographed:=) Then she went in there again and now she doesn't come out anymore, is hanging onto her eggs. Thanks! Kind regards, Ginette

Reply: If this green spider was photographed in Denmark it is probably Micrommata roseum (virescens) (fam. Sparassidae) - the only Micrommata species in central Europe (but the quality of the photo is very poor)  - Grzegorz

26 July, 2009:
Hello. Iím in Chicago, on the second floor of a condo building. Last August I found a reclusa rufensce (sp?) swimming in my bathtub. I am glad I drew the bath before getting in. WHOA. It was correctly identified by some spider guys at the Natural History Museum in Chicago and another professor in Illinois studying recluses. My question is this: The first pic is of my Recluse specimen. What is the second? Baby? I donít have scale for it unfortunately L I know recluses donít climb walls, and I still have NO idea how I got one in my tub. If you could at least rule out a recluse on the unknown pics attached, I would be so relieved. Iím quite the arachnophobe and I manage this by learning as much as I can about my fear. That way I know what to truly be scared of and what is just scary looking. I even think jumping spiders are cute nowÖwell, the cute looking ones anyway. Being afraid of spiders is just no fun, but Iím managing. Thanks!!! Meg



12 July, 2009:
Hi Glen. As I have recently moved from Alabama to New York I have been using your site to help identify spiders that I had not seen before. However, I have not been able to find a match for this guy. I stumbled upon him while cleaning out the garage. I thought maybe you or your viewers could help. He was at least an inch long including legs.. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Jon


Reply: Found a web site that identifies it as argiope aurantia- glen

12 July, 2009:
Any help identifying this crazy spider? Couldn't find any pictures of a spider with this kind of face on the internet. I live in the Orlando, FL area. Thanks!


Reply: looks like it might be a female ladybug spider, which is found from southeastern europe to southwest asia. eresus walckenaeruis.  - Charla

11 July, 2009:
I found this spider on my patio in Kefalonia, Greece. Does anyone know which it is? It attacked a stick I was using to try to catch it!!!!! S.B.B. Kefalonia

Reply: This could also be a hacklemesh weaver but I'm not sure - glen

11 July, 2009:

Reply from John: While looking at your pics of unidentified spiders, I found something I can identify. Itís a house Centipede. More info on them here: Love your site.

Reply:  Your spider is some sort of myglamorph which includes mouse spiders, trapdoors and tarantulas but I'm not sure which on it is. The other is an interesting insect with all those long legs!! - glen

11 July
, 2009:
Hi Glen I've just found your site whilst trying to identify what I now see is a Golden Orb Spider which built its web next to my kitchen. I have pictures but they are on the camera still and I may send them later just for reference. I send now a couple of pictures of a spider which I heard crawling over some plastic bottles in the corner of my kitchen. I thought it was a mouse by the sound and was not pleased to find.... I have a phobia, more controlled now since I've lived in the tropics. I dont kill them but I do try to relocate them away from my living space. The picture shows it contained under a tall glass before I walked him a hundred meters down the road. Not good pictures but maybe enough that you can identify and tell me the risk. I live in south Thailand. I also send a picture of another creature which I have absolutely no idea about. Maybe you can give me a clue.... This site is great, though it sends shivers and raises my stress level just to look at the pictures. Thanks for the help that the site must be for so many people. Regards from Thailand Martin (UK)


Reply: It could be a hacklemesh weaver but I'm not sure - glen

11 July, 2009:
this was found in our shower in kirkwood california ski resort, it is approx 2" front to back including legs. June 29 2009