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Spider Photos - Southern House Spiders

The Southern House Spider, Kukulcania (Filistata) hibernalis Hentz, is a conspicuous arachnid  due to its relatively large size and distinctive flat, tangled web. It is common throughout Florida and much of the southern United States in human populated areas. Females are rarely seen and don't venture far from their web. The females are dark brown or black and more compact. Both sexes may grow to be roughly two inches across (legs extended), with the males typically having longer legs, and the females often having larger, bulbous bodies. The abdomen of the southern house spider is covered with fine velvety light grey hair. Males of this species are often mistaken for the notorious Brown Recluse Spider, Loxosceles reclusa because of their colour and general shape. Males wander in search of a mate and will crawl over anything not because they are aggressive but because they are nearly blind! Southern House Spiders are not known to have a dangerous bite. However, two reported bite cases caused the victims pain and swelling for a few days.  Here's some photos sent in by viewers.
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18 August, 2016:
Found this guy on my mom's shower curtain here in galveston texas. Found some similar images online but not close enough to identify so I just scooped him up and let him outside. Can you help me identify him please. I like spiders. They kill mosquitoes so they are my friend lol

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10 May, 2016:
I flu d this spider and can't figure out what it is. I love in Ft Worth Texas.

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20 March, 2016:
Hello, I just moved into a new house in Tampa, FL and found this guy living in an outlet on the porch. My fear is it could be a recluse. This is the best picture I could get. Thanks in advance for your help! Stephanie

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20 March, 2016:
What type of spider is this I'm curious I have a bunch in my home and have five kids and if you know a good method to relocating or getting rid of them I would very much appreciate it thank you

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14 March, 2016:
Hey my name is Keyshawn ive caught this black spider in my house do u think you can identify it?

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30 December, 2015:
I have lots of these around.

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8 September, 2015:
Can you tell me what this is? I live in West Texas on the South Plains. These guys have tough, lacy webbing and I find these webs in windows, in spaces around door facings that are not flush with the floor, and just generally anywhere they can hide. They are outside and inside. I hope you can point me in the right direction because honestly, I'm really getting freaked out by these guys invading my space. Thanks for any help.

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8 July, 2015:
I was bitten by this same kind when I was a child. This caused a life long fear of spiders. The house I grew up in was well over 100 years old and packed full of these spiders. I know it makes a cotton candy looking network of tunnels and has more than one exit. This one was inside a tractor trailer at my job. I was removing old rotten flooring and it was under some plywood that was damp. I've looked through hundreds if not thousands of images online and have never found this one. Can you please try and help me learn about it so I can finally face my fear.

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1 July, 2015:
My girlfriend went up stairs to change into her pajamas, she had told me when she was in her closet putting her shirt on out of the corner of her eye it had looked like something fell off the shirt. She didn't think much of it. Once dressed started to walk down the stairs when all of the sudden she seen this black spider on her and panicked and started to run down the stairs. The spider fell off and she told me there was a spider on her, I looked on the stairs and found this thing. It was a little bigger than a silver dollar when completely spread out. Not sure what kind of spider it is but thank fully she was not bitten. I have a feeling it's not poisons but would have probably been a pain full bite. So I figured you may know what kind of spider this is. Thank you!

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14 April, 2015:
Glen, thank you for your time. I live in Las Vegas Nevada. I caught this spider crawling across my kitchen floor. I think that it might be a Southern House spider, but I would appreciate it if you could identify it for me. Thank you.

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14 April, 2015:
Found this on butcher block in a bowl....under a skylight. I am hoping it dropped down? What is it? Widow? Your thoughts would be appreciated as I have 2 small kids!!

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30 January, 2015:
What spider is this?

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15 August, 2014:
Found this under debris. It's fairly small. What kind of spider is this guy? Thanks Sarah Clovis, CA

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15 August, 2014:
What kind is this?

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10 July, 2014:
Need spider identified

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Reply: First one is a female southern house spider, othe maybe a common house spider but not sure - glen

10 July, 2014:
Hello, I'm from Peru, I was helping my friend cleaning his abandoned old house and found these huuge spiders I never seen them before, the black one is too big to be a black widow or a recluse, the other one is much bigger than a "long legs" note: compare their sizes with the rock and the dead laxoceles "recluse" skeletons. do you recongnize this species, can you please identify them? thank you.

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10 July, 2014:
Could you please id this for me

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10 July, 2014:
Can u please identify this spider for me? I found him in my living room floor, I have never seen one like it.

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10 July, 2014:
Brunswick ga in our shop at a house we just moved into. It's about 2 inches long. Thanks, Curious new homeowner

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8 June, 2014:
 
Do you know what kind of spider this is I can't find it anywhere

 

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Reply: This one is a female (below) and male (right) southern house spider - glen

6 May, 2014:
Found it on my wall. Also something bit me a couple days ago but not sure when or what it was. The spider body is about 5/8th inch long and with legs just about 1.75 inches wide. We live in the santa cruz mountains in california.

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6 May, 2014:
Found one of each of these on each side of my garage door. Theyre pretty big. Looked on the site but having trouble finding this one. What kind is it?  

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4 April, 2014:
What kind is this?

 

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26 January, 2014:
A friend and I were sitting in his room talking and I felt something crawling across my hand, I looked down and found this little beastie. Naturally, he was flung across the room, but we didn't kill it because we'd never seen a spider like it before. He's safe outside, but we can't find anything like it on the internet and wanted to see if you could help us.

 

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14 December, 2013:
DEAR GLEN, THIS SPIDER WAS IN MY BED CRAWLING UP MY LEGS OVER THE BLANKET, I FREAKED TO SAY THE LEAST. CAN YOU PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW IF IT IS POISENIOUS. I LIVE IN NW LOUISIANA . I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE YOU KNOWLEDGE. WITH GREAT CONCERN, ANN CHENEY

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30 October, 2013:
Hello Glen. These spiders are in my barn. Could they be recluse? Or trapdoor? Thanks!

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24 October, 2013:
Located in easttexas and found in garage under lumber that had been there a while.

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8 September, 2013:
It builds funnel webs and has infested an elevator shaft in Longview, Texas. Thanks for your valued time. S.

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8 September, 2013:
I found this spider in my recycling bin and its colors intrigued me. We commonly have wolf spiders and "jumping" spiders but I've scoured the internet and scrolled through many images to no avail or any idea on what type of spider it is. I know one is an orb weaving spider but the brown one is one I can't figure out. thanks in advance

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Reply: No it's not a recluse, it's a female southern house spider - glen

8 September, 2013 :
There is a slight violin shaping on the head section. Is this a type of recluse spider? -Joe

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10  August, 2013 :
I live in sierra foothills in Sonora, CA

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Reply: Southern House spider - glen

10  August, 2013 :
Can you tell me what kind of spider you think this is? Maybe Southern house or brown widow? It was fairly large and pretty passive. It was on a board in an outdoor storage unit and didn't move quick at all. Even gave me plenty of time to go get phone to take pics! I am worried about getting everything out of the storage until I know what I'm facing!! I live in Central Florida. Thanks for your help!

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10  August, 2013 :
It came in a box from Texas if that helps

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4 August, 2013 :
Glen, Wow that was fast! Yes, those pictures definitely match up. I bet the female ones are the ones in the webs I see from time to time. Like I said, I catch them walking around the floor all the time, but the last one was trapped in sink allowing me to take a decent picture. I trapped a black spider last night, if I can get a good pic i'll send you that as well. Thanks so much for the response, my wife will be thrilled to hear they are harmless. Scott

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4 August, 2013 :
Please help me I live in Mooresville North Carolina so you have an idea of location and we have killed over ten of these spiders in the last 3 days I don't know what they are but I'm so scared for my family I have 2 small kids and my landlord isn't being helpful!! Thanks you so much , Veda

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24 June, 2013:
I was wondering if you could identify this spider.

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5 March, 2013:
Hello, I have been trying to find some information about the eggs of K. hibernalis, and came across your website. I am hoping that you may be able to answer my questions. About two weeks ago while cleaning up at the office, we found three (1 male, 2 females) spiders behind the fridge that we have identified as Kukulcania hibernalis (thanks to your website). We relocated them to separate containers while we were attempting to identify them, and the two females appeared to be gravid with eggs. After a couple days, one female deposited her eggs in a yellow mess and did not weave a sac around them. After the first laid her eggs, I gave the two females a toilet paper tube to see if they would build new webs, and hoped that the second would have greater success with her eggs. The first spider still has not taken up residence in her tube but has laid down some silk on one side of the outside of the tube, but still has built no web to speak of. The second has taken up residence in her tube, and a few days later laid some silk on the floor of her tube and deposited her eggs on top of the silk. Her eggs appear round and healthy, but she did not weave any silk around them. When I picked up her container to peek in her tube, some of the eggs on top even rolled out one end of the tube. My question is, would the spider’s eggs still be viable even if not protected by the web? Also, I am assuming that the stress of relocation was what caused these females to not lay their eggs in the way they normally do? Or is it possible that I have misidentified them? I have attached picture of the spiders and their eggs. I am also wondering how I can best make these spiders thrive in captivity. We would like to put them on display in our Nature Center for visitors to view. Everything I have read about them says that live relatively long lives and that they do well in toilet roll tubes, but since they have not constructed any real webs, I am afraid I am doing something wrong. I also have offered them all dead flies in the small pieces of silk they have laid, none of which have been eaten. Can you give me some direction and pointers of how to set these guys up so they will best accept their new environment? Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! Regards, Rose

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5 March, 2013:
is gray and black, I think she only have 2 eyes .. I found it in my room, is the five that I find in my house, and I'm worried if it is poisonous or not, the region: Caldas - Colombia The image is hd, you can do zoom. Sorry for my bad English. Please, i hope for your response.

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Reply: This is a female southern house spider  - glen

10 March, 2013:
Is this a brown recluse or a southern house spider?

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10 March, 2013:
I would like to know what kind of Spider this is??? I found it in my house in Crawfordville , Florida!

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10 March, 2013:
What kind of spider is this?

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14 January, 2013:
What kind of spider is this?

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16 November, 2012:
Well, he has a abdomen like a recluse but i am not seeing a violen. Also never seen white joints on cephalothorax to first tibia. Does have a disorderly wed, but not aggressive. I have a lot of customers come in daily and scared he might get aggressive. From little rock, ar.

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2 September, 2012:
see attached photo of spider found in Southern Mississippi. Thanks!

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19 August, 2012:
My attic is full of these spiders. I have not been able to catch one so I could check it's underside. Can you id it from these photo's?

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21 July, 2012:
Glen: I didn't think this was a wolf spider, but couldn't quite tell. Going this in the attic of my grandmothers house. Should I be concerned with an infestation? Daniel

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21 July, 2012:
What kind of spider is this..I see this in my house. I'm searching online but cant find it anywhere. I live in Buenos Aires Argentina, so i'm thinking the climate has something to do with the species its associate with.

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25 June, 2012:
I live in NJ....thank you! Found in basement under boards and dirt. Tom

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19 June, 2012:
Sorry, Here is the pic. Thanks! Heather

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7 May, 2012:
Glen, Sorry about my first email. I've had some problems with my pictures coming out right. I need a better camera, since mine won't stay focused on up close shots. I did figure out that the spider was just a female Southern House spider. My husband thought it was different because it was smaller and black. I can't get any good shots until I get a better camera. But I'm attaching some photos I got of their webs. They are all over the back of my building! In three weeks, we've had 3 males and 2 female Southern House spiders in the house, not to mention hundreds of those webs outside. . Thanks, ~Amanda~

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26 February, 2012:
Both of these Beauties live in my Garage. My first guess would be that they're Wolf Spiders but I'm not sure.

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20 January, 2012:
Found in backyard

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20 January, 2012:
Hi, I brought this girl in from our garage I thought she was dead when I first saw her she was on her back curled up into a ball, but when i tried to scoop her up to throw it away she moved a little, real slow, I dunno if she is sick, or got hurt from another critter or just got too cold out there. I got a close up of her underside, since I've only ever seen thier top side, this was interesting to study. hope you enjoy. I've had her in the house now where it's warmer and she is doing much better, in just two days she's become far more active and not on her back anymore. -DanieLLe

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Reply: This is probably female southern house spider  - glen

23 December, 2011:
Found behind a light fixture.

 

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Reply: This is a female southern house spider  - glen

20 November, 2011:
Found behind a light fixture.

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Reply: This is a female southern house spider too - glen

20 November, 2011:
What kind of spider is this? Found this in wilmington, nc

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Reply: This is a female southern house spider too - glen

26 August, 2011:
Do you know what spider this is? (from Texas) Thank you, Doris

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Reply: This is a gal not a guy but yes it is a southern house spider - glen

15 August, 2011:
this guy hangs out and eats cockroaches, curious of your thoughts. thanks, ty.

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Reply: Yes it looks like it - glen

14 August, 2011:
By the pictures on your site, I would assume that this spider is a Southern House Spider (I live in Columbia, SC). I found him/her between the sheets in our guest bedroom (this really rather creeped me out).

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Reply: Probably a southern house spider - glen

7 August, 2011:
We found this spider in a corner behind a door and was wondering what kind of spider this is. SSgt Francis, USAF

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16 July, 2011:
I keep finding this spider outside my door. She keeps building huge webs but seems to keep killing other spiders so I haven't killed her. Is she dangerous? Or do you know what kind?

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Reply: No this is a southern house spider - glen

16 July, 2011:
he has a funnel shaped web in the crack between the window and wall. Finally got a shot though it isn't spectacular. Don't wanna harm her if she isn't poisonous. But can't figure out what she is. I'm in MS. I'm quite sure she isn't a brown recluse because she is so large. What do you think, Mygalomorph?

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Reply: Nice pic thanks  - glen

12 July, 2011:
Hi Glen, I've sent you pictures b4 of southern house spiders but I think this one is better than my previous photos. Hope you like it I think She's beautiful. Oh yeah & I also gave your Facebook page a like today too. -DanieLLe

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Reply: This is a female southern house spider  - glen

11 July, 2011:
What kind is this??

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Reply: No it's a female southern house spider  - glen

11 July, 2011:
Hey Glen can you tell me if this is a wolf spider? She has lived under my boyfriends bathroom sink for 2 years now and I finally was able to get a couple of good photos. She has doubled in size since last year. Thanks, Sheryl

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Reply: I'm not sure but I think this is probably a female southern house spider - not dangerous or evil!!  - glen

8 June, 2011:
I've seen this picture floating around the internet for a while, under the name of "spider hell". A friend and I thought it might be a cross breed of a hobo spider and some other kind; or perhaps a brown recluse, as it's body shape is similar. I personally think that the color in the photo was caused by a flash of a camera; but you might be able to help. Please email me back if you can figure out anything. Thank you Teri

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Reply: This is a female southern house spider - glen
19 May, 2011:
What is this spider?

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Reply: This is a female southern house spider and it is venomous as are all spiders. It is not known to be dangerous to us though - glen

6 April, 2011:
Do you know that this spider can be and is it venomous?

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Reply: Closest I could come up with is a southern house spider - because of the web and the light markings around the top of the legs - glen

25 December, 2010:
I have not found this spider on your pages. He is one of several types we have all around the house, and this one hides in cupboards. This particular bowl was in a cupboard in a bathroom cabinet. He came out inside it. Thought we'd share to see if you can identify him. Red Bluff, California Thanks - Renee

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Reply:  This is a Southern House Spider too  - glen

9 October, 2010:
I think it might be a brown recluse but I have never seen one in person. I am in south Carolina in the upstate in the foothills of the blue ridge mountains if that helps. I was letting live since it wasn't bothering anyone but it is kinda big. It is a little larger than a quarter. I hope you can help. Thanks.

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Reply: The one on the right is definitely a female southern house spider and the one on the left could be the male - glen
21 August, 2010
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Hi Glen, I cam across your website, and I was wondering if you could help me identify these two spiders that I caught. Thank you in advance Kris

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Reply: This is  a Southern House Spider and is not considered dangerous - glen
2 August, 2010
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Okay I got two more pics of the spiders that are outside To go with the picture I sent you of the spider in my window & They do seem to have those white bands where the legs meet the body, so I feel a lot safer now knowing that they are not recluse spiders, Unfortunately we have an exterminator coming tomorrow Due to black widows living in our couches since We just got our furniture back from storage, But I can see if they will leave the spiders on our porch alone. I'm starting to grow attached to them :D -DanieLLe

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Reply: This looks like a male Southern House Spider and is not considered dangerous - glen
31 July, 2010
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Glen, I have found several spiders around my house in New Bern, North Carolina that have been identified as a "brown recluse." Some I believe could possibly be just that, whereas others I think are misidentifications caused by arachniphobia (sp) and the fact that people see a brown spider. I have been looking for hours in an attempt to identify this spider that I caught running across my garage floor. I believe it to be not only a brown recluse, but an exceptionally large one according to all of the size information I have found so far. I have compared it to picture after picture on your sight and others and I still think so, but I want a second opinion before I get excited about having this really large one. Pictures are attached. Please help when you get the time. Thank You, Daniel

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Reply: This is a Southern House Spider and is not considered dangerous - glen

24 June, 2010:
Glen, I would much appreciate any help you could give in identifying this spider. It was found in my house in the Orlando, FL area. I have seen several of these and would really like to know if I should be concerned. Regards, Jeffrey

Reply: This is probably a Southern House Spider but is a bit hard to be sure from the photos - glen
22 June, 2010:
Hello there! I live in New Jersey in the US and today found a spider in a hole which I am trying (unsuccessfully) to identify. I have not been able to find photos of spider holes and spiders that match what is in my back yard. I am not sure whether you are familiar with many species in the States, but I have not found anyone else offering to try to identify spiders from pictures, so I figured I would see if you had any luck. There are two photos attached – the first is a bit further away, with a tree leaf next to the hole (for scale), though you can see the spider burrowed in the hole. The second in closer up, as the spider was coming out of the hole (after I touched the edge of the web with a stick). I would estimate that the hole was about 1 inch in diameter. Let me know what you think. Thanks, Jeremy

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Reply: This is a female Southern House Spider and is not considered dangerous - glen

28 May, 2010:
Found this in my living room. Is it harmful?

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Reply: Nic pics but this is a female Southern House Spider  - glen

27 April, 2010
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I am sending some good photos for you to use of a Black house spider.

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Reply: I think this is a female and male Southern House Spider  - glen

30 December 2009:
Hi, Love the website. The first picture (PICT0009) is of a black spider. Don't know if it's dangerous. It looks a bit menacing compared to the spiders I have at home. I live in deep South Texas and these are in my dad's house in North Central Texas. It was found in a crevice between the roof and wall. I didn't really see a web. The second picture is of a brown spider (PICT0444). It was running across the floor. Don't know where it came from. It has long "antenna" or pedicalps? Don't know the correct term. It also has alternating brown and light brown color on its legs. Both of these spiders are in my dad's house and am concerned because he has lots of them. I can't tell if the second one is a brown recluse. Thank You. - Mary

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Reply: This is a female Southern House Spider  - glen

11 October 2009:
Can you help me identify this spider? Would just like to know what kind it is to be prepared in the future. Thanks, Misty

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Reply: This is a female Southern House Spider  - glen

3 October 2009:
Hello, I had this spider in my house and I cannot find what kind it is. Do you have an idea? Thanks for your help Kathrin

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Reply: This is a female Southern House Spider  - glen

29 September, 2009:
Hi  Glen, I hope you can help identify this spider and if they are poisonous or even bite. We are doing alot of plumbing work under our house and have come across quite a few of these guys, they seem to like dark areas and don't seem to be agressive but rather shy. We live in South Carolina. Thanks so much for your help. Wendy

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Reply: This could also be Southern House Spider   - glen

23 September, 2009:
I need some guidance in identifying a spider that I frequently see in my house. I live on the central California coast in the hills surrounded by redwood, oak and blue gum. Here are the facts: Always find them inside. Never encountered any outside. Usually solitary When I find them in groups of three or four, they're smaller and in a tangle web amongst clutter in the attic or the cellar. I'm guessing it could be a nursery. Larger specimens can have a leg span of 6 cm. Don't seem to be terribly aggressive. Luis

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Reply: This spider is a Filistatidae,  -  Southern House Spider   - glen

8 September, 2009:
My friend wants to know what type of spider this is... He stated that with legs extended, it is about 2 inches long. He also believes that the spider has lived in his garage for about 3 years. If you could rule out a poisonous variety and possibly identify the spider, that would be awesome. Thanks!

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Reply: glen, This spider has been identified. It's a Filistatidae, probably Southern House Spider or another species, genus is Kukulkania. BB

8 September, 2009:
Hello, Can you tell me what kind of Spider this is? I found it in Greenehaven Az. Thanks, BB

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Reply: No it is a Southern House Spider

18 August, 2009:
Hi Glen, We usually find wolf spiders at our home here in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, bur this one looked a little different. Could you tell me if it is really a wolf, please? Thank you so much, Eliana

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Another Reply from  David: This is a southern house spider. You can tell because, unlike recluses, the pedipalps will always be long and narrow.

Reply: You don't say where you are from and the photos aren't the best quality. The brown spider resembles a brown recluse but from the darker spider in the 2nd photo, it could be a male southern house spider which looks similar - glen

5 July, 2010:
I am terrified of spiders.... i found this one crawling across the ceiling near my four month old baby boy's crib tonight.... i have not slept for a few nights now bc i'm took scared of all of these spiders =( esp of them getting in my baby's crib.

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2 January, 2009:
Hi Glen, I am e-mailing you to see if you know how long a female southern house spider (Kukulcania (Filistata) hibernalis)  may live. one has been living in my shop now for well over 3 years. I just call her 'Ol Lady',and have actually become attached to her. now and then I will feed her a cricket,just to watch. she is out of the way, and never a nuisance. last week,her boyfriend showed up on the opposite wall, and was able to get him on my hand.after a few photos, I put him back, and see him from time to time. in the warmer months,I get a lot of crickets and roaches. having these spiders around seems to keep them in check,so I tolerate their messy web. here are photos of him and her,and would be happy to send more if you like, to use at your discretion.
thanks for your time, Dan, Las Vegas,Nevada

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5 August,  2008:
Hi Glen, Here are some pictures of a female Southern House Spider that was in my grandmother's living room. Feel free to use them if you want. --Damy

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Reply: This looks like a Southern House Spider.

29 July,  2008:
hello... What is this monster? (black one in pics. I attached) It was in the tin roof of the school i work at! They won't let me kill all the Brown widows there, (schools won't allow toxic sprays) and there are hundreds under the soffit/ ceiling of overhang, but when I show them this one, I'm sure the'll change their mind and spray the cracks in the roof!

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Reply: This is a female Southern House Spider.

10 July, 2008:
So me and my boyfriend have been about an hour outside of gainesville in Bell florida (which is in the middle of the woods) and we have been getting mammoth spiders! Please help us tell who they are and if they are harmful!

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Reply: This looks like a female Southern House Spider.

10 July, 2008:
I found this spider in my garage, and like a lot of people are deathly afraid of them! Of course he disappeared shortly after (while I was getting the kids out of the garage and getting all the toys so they would go play) So this makes me even more nervous! I know it is not the best picture, but any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! Pearland, Texas (suburb of Houston) Angie

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Reply: This looks like a female Southern House Spider.

22 June, 2008:
I got bit this morning by a spider. It hurt like he&%. There was a photo of it on your website from someone else but I couldn't see where you had identified it?

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Reply: This is a female Southern House Spider.

10 June, 2008:
I found this spider in a cardboard shipping box. It frightened me beyond description. I would really like to know what it is. Yes, thanks me recoiling in the background while my brave husband takes pictures of the scarey thing. It was not harmed, but it was relocated very far away from my place of work.

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Reply: This photo is a good example of why many people get these male southern house spiders confused with brown recluse. Note though that it has longer front legs and nor distinct violin shape like the brown recluse has.

24 May, 2008:
Hi Glen, Hoping you could help me ID this spider. I live in Cleveland, OH. Found this in my house. I have no clue what kind of spider it is, but someone mentioned Brown Recluse. Please help.

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5 May, 2008:
Hello, Came across your website and was wondering if you could identify this spider I found in my warehouse today. I live in Daytona Beach, FL. Is this a Brown Recluse? Thank you in advance and look forward to your reply! Have a great day! Tim

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10 April, 2008:
Hello Glen, This spider was found up in the rafters of our barracks building. Would mind telling me what it is? You may post it to your web site if you'd like. Thank you, SK1 Bekki Koci, U.S. Coast Guard ARSC Elizabeth City, NC

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4 March, 2008:
Hi Glen, I know I'm bogging you down with Spitting Spider and Southern House spider photos, but I just had to let you see this monster Southern House Spider in my grandmother's basement. I had to go down there with only a tiny flashlight to get these Southern House Spiders, and some very large Steadota that are extremely sensitive to light. You really have to take the pictures quick once you get the light on them. I have 2 more .zip folders with Southern House Spider pics on the way, then that's all for now. Feel free to use them as always if you want --Damy

These photos aren't the best ever, but I thought you might like to see them anyway. You can at least see that this little Southern House Spider was moulting. I've been tracking the progress of this one, and this seems to be the first time it's moulted. I've noticed that Southern House Spiders grow fast and moult often. All the webs around here have at least a couple dried skins in them at any given time. Damy

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7 February, 2008:
Hi Glen, I have attached two photos of a super-tiny spider that I found crawling on my leg tonight. It looks just like the big Southern House Spiders that fill every crevice in my grandmother's house. The photos make this spider look big, but he was very, very tiny! I estimate about 4.5 millimeters for the legspan. You can actually see the threads in my blue jeans in the photos. Feel free to use these photos if you want.  
Thanks, Damy,

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4 February, 2008:
I think this is a female Southern House Spider. Bullhorn

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Reply: Southern house spiders live in the darker areas of the home and the females rarely move far from their web. Obviously they have been disturbed by the water leak. I couldn't say how many of them there are there but they are not a dangerous spider and will probably settle down once the hole has been filled back in.
5 January, 2008:
Hello, I hope you can help with this problem. In a rental condo on the coast we saw many black spiders and they have been identified as kukulcania filistatid. When a water leak in the ceiling caused a hole these spiders crawled out. Do they live in the walls (framing) and would there be many of them in the home? Thank you, Barbara
 

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22 November, 2007:
Please help….I have hundreds of these in my home with my small children present. Can you identify and let me know what you think. I do not think it is a recluse, but I am not positive. Thanks soooo much for your help!!! Pictures are attached.
Andy,

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8 September, 2007:
I have these kinds of spiders all over and in my house. I was wanting to know what kind they are because I am going to have a baby.If you know what kind of spider it is and if they are dangerous please let me know. birdee22088@yahoo.com
Thank you.

 
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Another reply from Becky: These are very common spiders here in Florida where I live. They are both southern house spiders. The lighter coloured one is the male, the darker one is female. Hope this helps some. Love your site.

Reply: The dark one looks like a Southern House Spider, not sure of the other one.

24 August 2007:
They were not fighting each other. they look completely opposite but they were being very friendly to each other. i even took a video of them but the file might be too big for this email. i dunno. anyway let me know so next time i step onto the steps with no shoes ill know hat to do. thanks. -erin

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14 August, 2007:
Hi there I live in mesa Arizona. VERY HOT Very dry. Under my patio cover in the back yard I found this guy he’s pretty big. The diameter of the hole in his web is approx. a little larger then a half dollar. It hangs out only at night and doesn’t travel far gets scared when a lot of noise or light stays on. I Hope you can identify it. Here are some pics of FREDDY (we named it after Freddy Kruger) Thanks

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30 July, 2007:

I live in florida (tampa bay area) i'm really curious what kind of spider this is.I found it outside on the over hang of the roof this afternoon.It kinda looks like the black house spider even the web looks to me like a funnel from what i could see. I know nothing about spiders,i've just been looking arond your site for some info.cool site by the way.so if you could help out? Thanks Jill

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24 July, 2007:

Hello, Can you please tell me what you think when you see this spider. We saw it in our stairwell at 2 in the morning. Thank you! JL

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20 May, 2007:

Dear Glen, Here is a picture of a spider on my recreation patio in Las Vegas Nevada.
Any advice I would appreciate, I am worried if it is poisonous it may bite me or my small dogs. He only moves at night, and the web is very thick like a tube. Thanks in advance for any ideas on what he (she?) maybe is as far as species, and what measures could be taken that would be best for us and the spider. Best Wishes, Belita Adair

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27 August, 2006:
Hello Glen you helped me identify a type of Brown widow spider a short while ago. I live in Cape Coral Florida Perhaps you can help me with this one. I found a couple that look kind of similar but there too different types. I was sitting at my kitchen table and looked down and seen this guy 2 inches from my foot I about had a heart attack. I dont know how it could of got in my house being its so big! I thought my house was tighter than that. Thank you very much for any help on identifying John Gabriel

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26 August, 2006:
Glen, Thought you could use a couple photos of a Southern House Spider I ran across near my home in Georgia. I used a photo imaging software to zoom in on the head and body of the second photo. Once again, great site!! - Jason
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13 July, 2006:
Can you help me identify this spider? We live in Gold Canyon, Arizona--40 east of Phoenix. There are actually 2 spiders living behind the frame of the door on the outside of our house. They've been there about 4 months or so and don't seem to bother anything. Everybody tells me to squish them dead but I believe they eat other bugs and scorpions...is that true? What would be the best way to handle these or should I just let them be? I do have an indoor cat but like I said inside the house nobody is bothered by them. Thanks!
Laura

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3 July, 2006:
Dear Glen, I am thankful for your website. It has been very informative on finding out what some of the spiders are around my place. I am a little confused as to what kinf of spider this one is though. I have included two photos. I hope they turn out clear enough. It measures two inches long. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciative. Thank you.
Sincerely, C. H. of NE Florida

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Reply: This is a Southern House Spider.

25 May, 2006:
Hi Glen, If anyone can help me identify this spider that would be great! I found him in my linnen closet in my home in Las Vegas, NV. It is about the size of a 50 cent piece coin.

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25 May, 2006:
I found this on my house next to my door. The picture does not do it justice, it was very dark outside. The upper body and legs are more shiny, almost like glass and the bottom is fuzzy. About the size of a 50 cent piece. Anyway, do you know what it is? Thanks

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2 April, 2006:
Hi, tonight we found this spider crawling on our wall. Needless to say having a fear of spiders, this was NOT a welcome site in my home. We live in Virginia Beach, VA. PLEASE help us identify this spider. Thank you so much,  Weiss Family

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2 April, 2006:
 I have had Southern House Spiders ( I think ) living with my family. Unfortunately I can't be sure if it's a house spider or a brown recluse. The pictures I've seen of male and female recluses and house spiders are confusing. I have a two year old and would hate if she got bit because I like spiders. These webs are on every window pane in my house. Can you try and see what spider I have. The pictures suck, I'll try to get better ones. Thank You, Brooke

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17 March, 2006:
I love your spider site! Here are a couple of spider pics I took around my  house.
Porch_spider_031606.jpg: While preparing to paint my back porch, I  vacuumed up a neat, funnel-shaped web that I thought was
unoccupied. Shortly afterward, this spider crawled out from behind a beam
where the web had been. I assume she's some variety of Funnel Weaver, but
am not sure.

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25 Sept, 2005:
Found this little guy on our cardboard recycle bag in our garage. This is one of the bigger spiders I've seen up here. Most
are very small. Can you identify him? I've attached three pictures.

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24 August, 2005:
This spider has been living in my garage for about 6 months now. She always comes out at night. I think form your website it is a southern house spider.

thank you for any information!

Beth Hansen
Stuart Florida

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Reply: That is Kukulcania hibernalis, the southern house spider. It is not dangerous. Nathan Hepworth

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June, 2005:
Hey, I was browsing your website and I hope I can get some insight as to what kind of spider this is. I moved into another apartment in my complex, and I've been catching these things (smaller ones INSIDE my apartment) for the last 2 months I've lived here. I'm terrified of them, but I also worry about if they're poisoness because my cats love to catch bugs, etc. From browsing, I think it's a brown recluse. This is the biggest one; it lives outside in a hole in the patio ceiling that some carpenter bees drilled out. You can see a very thick sticky web all the way around the hole. Oh, and it's about the size of an Eisenhower silver dollar if you have one. Huge to me.
p.s. I've been asking my complex if the apartments have been bug sprayed on schedule and they claim so. If this thing doesn't respond to pesticides, this might be why. :)

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16 October, 2004:  
Glen - I live in Las Vegas, NV, USA. There are several of these in my garage - they're up to 2" in diameter, dark brown on black, hairy, kind of shy and very fragile. I think they have four large eyes. They seem to be nocturnal, as they hide a few minutes after I turn on my garage light or open the garage door. I have had them come in my house (seems more common now in the fall) - one crawled up the back of my couch and over my arm - scared the bejeezus out of me. In one of the pics you see another kind of spider - not sure what it is…some kind of funnel spider? Light brown/caramel colored…lots of those too. Not sure if the big dark one was trying to prey on it. Anyway, a little stress and these things curl up and die - I chased the one in the picture around with the Bic pen to get it to pose for a picture, and two days later it was dead, never leaving this corner. They like dark corners and are usually *near* irregular webs, but I never see them in one - in one of the pics it seems to be tangled up in some webbing. What are they? Thanks,  Brian

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Reply:
The photo donated by Barb on June 16, 2003 looks like a female Kukulcania hibernalis (southern house spider)
http://floridanature.org/species.asp?species=Kukulcania_hibernalis
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/spiders/southern_house_spider.htm
Josh Hillman, FloridaNature.org

16 June, 2003:
This is Lucy Legs, a filistid spider who lives in my bedroom window. These spiders use a unique web to trap prey, rather than sticky web, they comb the web into loops which catch unwary insects.
barb
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