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UNIDENTIFIED SPIDERS 2005 (1)

Reply: Looks like a Nursery web spider.

31 May, 2005:
This spider was on my door last night. I am in Northeast Pennsylvania, USA. What is it?

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Reply: Looks like a wolf spider too.

31 May, 2005:
this in the garage. my mom was doing laundry and saw it. its about the size of my palm. hes pretty fast. no idea what spider it is or if its harmful.

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Reply: Looks like a female wolf spider with an egg sac.

30 May, 2005:
This spider was found walking across my livingroom floor. I live in Ohio, and I don't know what kind of spider this is. Can you help?
Steve F.

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30 May, 2005:
Greetings! Found this spider at the bottom of my pool, and would like to know what it is. i searched the pictures but couldn't quite find a match. Thanx for your help!
Mary

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Reply: This spider is a long jawed orb weaver or long jawed spider. They are usually found in taller vegetation and their webs aren't as elaborate as other orb weavers.   Asa

30 May, 2005:
Hi! Love your website! I found this spider on a trash can in Gainesville Florida. It looks like a
lynx spider to me, but I was wondering about the odd shape of the head and mouth. Thanks! Jo

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30 May, 2005:
Hello,  I live in Silverton Oregon, 40 mi south of Portland, and I found a large spider under my dogs dog house this afternoon. I have spent quite a bit of time on the internet this afternoon trying to identify it but am still not sure. I is roughly the size of a quarter and is brown in color. This is definitely the biggest spider I have ever seen around my house. Any help would  be greatly appreciated! The Other spider in the jar was roughly  the size of a pencil eraser and was extremely quick and aggressive. It also had 3 white spots on its back. We happened to find the two spiders around the same time so they went into the same jar. Unfortunately for the black spider the big one was hungry! It wasn't too fair of a fight. Thank You,
Bob Knodel

 

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Reply: Looks like a Nursery web spider - Pisaurina mira
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May, 2005:
Here’s one I found by my garden hose…looks like the one my girls found yesterday. Hopefully this picture is a bit clearer than the others.  Mayra

 

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Reply: These both look like tegenaria species - glen
30 May, 2005:
I live in Victoria, B.C. and saw these spiders at my back door when I moved some camping gear. I was hoping you could help me identify them.  P.S.-Awesome job on your website! I find it quite interesting an informative. I fear spiders, but enjoy viewing pictures of them. Thank-you, Lisa.
Vancouver Island's Static Magazine
www.staticmagazine.ca
Publisher: Lisa Carstensen
Tel:(250) 391-8830 Fax: (250) 391-8840

 

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Reply: These spiders have been captured by a mud wasp and entombed in the mud nest as food for her babies. The wasp lays her egg on the paralysed spider and when they emerge they feed off the spider. This is why there are different varieties of spiders in there.
29 May, 2005:
Hello. I just found your site last night and today, while cleaning my garage, I think I have something to send to you. I will email you a few pictures; more if you ask (and I saved them in a zip-lock bag). I pulled out my R/C car and on the plastic body were two dirt-dobber shells (as I have come to learn from past experience, there is one wasp per shell or dirt cocoon). One of the shells had the front broken out, as expected. But, the other one had not broken out. So, I pulled it from the plastic body to open it up and check the status of the wasp that did not make it (did it develop and not get out or not develop at all). I broke open the front and out came this spider, and then another and another till eleven came out (I had to break the rest of the shell to get them out as you can see in the picture, the remnants). I found no wasp or remnants of a wasp, only eleven spiders and most of them seem different. They all look healthy but only four or five had vague twitching going on (either some life to come or some life going out). So, I have some questions if you can answer them: a) how did these spiders get in there where there was no point to enter, b) why are there so many different types, c) are they babies about to wake up or adults about to die and d) are they dangerous? Thank you Sir, MICHAEL AUNE

 

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29 May, 2005:
We live on Long Island in NY. My daughters found this spider crawling across our living room floor. It’s as big as the rim of the glass I have it in! I’ve looked everywhere to try and find out what kind it is…any idea?? Mayra Patchogue, NY

 

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Reply: This looks like some sort of jumping spider.

 29 May, 2005:
Hello. We found this spider in our kitchen today while getting some dishes down for breakfast. This guy is not the first one I've seen here. Hubby thought it might be a recluse, but I don't think it is. It looks more like it could be a wolf spider or something else like it. Any ideas what it might be or if it's something to worry about? We live in Alabama. Thanks muchly in advance

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Reply: This is a camel spider. Click here for some facts about them

29 May, 2005:
Dear sir, In the Arabian gulf in the desert we have a strange spider we call it ( Bo Sabak) it's very fast and deadly, I wish you have a look at the attachment I add to this latter I wish to hear from you soon
Best regards
Yousif Adel

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Reply: Had quite few queries about a black spider with white spots on its back and green fangs, which I believe are this little fellow the daring jumping spider - Phidippus audax. Quite harmless.

27 May, 2005:
Hello, I would like some if you could. We live in Roseville California (Sacramento Area) and found a few of these spiders around our house. See attached photo. What are they? How can we keep them away? Any danger? Thank you, Dareth York

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27 May, 2005:
i forgot to include this pic. I was asking what kind of spider could do this and if its dangerous.

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Reply: That appears to be a juvenile brown
widow. Nathan Hepworth

27 May, 2005:
found this guy making a web in between my high heels. Scared the poopy out of me. Can you help me figure out what it is?

Thank you,
Kristina
Tampa, FL

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Reply: That definitely IS a brown recluse. Nathan Hepworth

27 May, 2005:
Glenda:
Need to know what type of spider this is and where it is normally found.
Thank-you!!!
Wendy

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Reply: Looks like a Dolomedes fishing
spider.
Nathan Hepworth

27 May, 2005:
I'm going to enclose a picture of the spider in this email. I live in Annapolis, Maryland USA. It was about 2 1/2 - 3 inches in length (With leg span). It was mostly light brown with a dark brown design on it's back, and red-ish stripes. If you could get back to me that would be great.
Michael Laser

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27 May, 2005:
This spider was found last spring in a persimmon tree, he blended in so good with the bark that I had a hard time finding him after I got the camera. What kind is it?

Shannon Herb

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Reply:  This is part of the solfugid family  - also called sun spider, wind scorpion, wind spider, camel spider. See below for a link

26 May, 2005:
Hi, I found this dead behind my dogs cage. I am worried about what kind of spider it is. I have never seen it before. I worry about my 2 dogs and my 10 month old. Can you help me. I live in El Paso , Texas. Attached is a picture of it. Hope its clear enough.  Thanks Haylie

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Reply: That is Kukulcania
hibernalis, the southern house spider. It is harmless. Pics and Info here & here.
Nathan Hepworth

26 May, 2005:
This is the second one of these spiders I've found in my house. The first  was a little larger and I found it when I was changing out the dishwasher.  This one was found on my livingroom wall. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada and  want to make sure it's not venemous. Thank you for your help! Krystal Riccio

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Reply: That looks like a spider from
Gnaphosidae, possibly Zelotes or Callilepsis species. It is not dangerous. Nathan Hepworth

25 May, 2005:
Hi. I stumbled upon your web site while trying to identify this spider. I was hoping someone could help me. I found him in my bathroom sink. ( I live in Waxhaw NC - just south of Charlotte) anyway this is the third such spider of his kind and I fear a spider bite. ( we have five small children in our house) Would you happen to know if he is poisonous? Thanks in advance for your help
Neva Starr

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Reply: Yes I agree it looks like a wolf spider.

23 May
, 2005:
I live in Phoenix, Arizona and I found this spider outside my house. I think it is a wolf spider but i am not 100% sure. If you could help me identify it that would be great.
Thanks. You can use these pictures on your site if you want.

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22 May, 2005:

I found this about 2 cm small animal in a forest in Germany, any idea  what it is?

http://vs.aka-online.de/tempimg/Spinne.jpg

-Justin

Click the link for a nice full size image.

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22 May, 2005:

Not sure what this is hanging in the corner of my roof overhang. II have been watching it for 3 days and have not seen a spider attending to it. Just wondering if you knew what it is?

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Reply: That strongly resembles the species Mastophora gasteracanthoides, the "cat-headed"
spider. However, that species is not in your country, but in Peru, Argentina and Chile. I have done some research however, and you do have other species of Mastophora which ARE in your country. Being that M. gasteracanthoides is medically significant ( reportedly causes necrotic sores ) I recommend that you treat your spider with caution. Nathan Hepworth

22 May, 2005:
Hi Glen, took pictures of this spider in Kwazulu Natal , South Africa and cannot
identify 100% . Please post on your website since i am keen to know. Thanks Kay

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Reply: That is Pisaurina mira, the nursery web
spider. Go here and here for pics & info:

20 May, 2005:

Hey, I'm Jacob and I'm from Trussville, AL. (just outisde of Birmingham, AL). I found this spider on a brick wall while I was doing some yard work and have no idea what kind of spider it is. Any help would be appreciated!

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Reply: That is a type of Callobius, either C. severus or C. claustrarius. It is harmless. See these sites: http://pep.wsu.edu/pdf/PLS116_1.pdf
http://www.zfmk.de/for/lehre/dfor_lehre_huber_spiderkey/Amaurobiidae.html
Nathan Hepworth
18 May, 2005:
Dear Glen,
We found this spider on a wood splitter in northern california( humboldt county), inland 15 miles. We have looked through all our books and north american field guides and we havent found anything that it resembles. If you could email us back and let us know we would appreciate it a lot.
Thank you,
-Ferndale High School AP Environmental Class

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Reply:  This is part of the solfugid family  - also called sun spider, wind scorpion, wind spider, camel spider. http://entowww.tamu.edu/extension/youth/bug/bug168.html

18 May
, 2005:
Hi found this in my garage. i live in valley center (northern san diego) and ive seen about 4 of them. it looks kinda like a small camel spider. any idea what this is?

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Reply: That is a species of Tegenaria, a funnel weaver. I am not  entirely sure of the exact species, but it is definitely Tegenaria. British  Columbia is home to Tegenaria agrestis, the hobo spider, which may cause  some very unpleasant effects. Be careful and don't get bitten. You may want  to contact this arachnologist to find out for sure if your spider is a hobo  or not:
http://spiders.ucr.edu/hobospiderid.html
And see this website for more info on the hobo spider and what it can do:
www.hobospider.org - Nathan Hepworth
18 May, 2005:
Hi there!
I live in Revelstoke BC, Canada. We just bought a new house, which has an unfinished basement. Just tonight i found 8 spiders, within an hour. I dont know what they are, or if they're harmful or what, so could you please try to identify the spider that i did catch? The picture isnt the greatest, but you can get a good idea. I caught the spider and put him in a large baby food jar. Thanks Again!!!
Leah

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Reply:  This is part of the solfugid family  - also called sun spider, wind scorpion, wind spider, camel spider.
17 May
, 2005:
Hello,
My wife and I found this spider on our front porch and we were wondering what kind of spider it is could you please help us? We live in Surprise, Arizona if that helps?

Thank You,
Jon Whipple

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16 May, 2005:
Could you tell me what this spider is? I found it in my backyard in houston,tx. Thanks,Brandy

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Reply: That looks like a Philodromus crab spider, possibly Philodromus praelustris. It's a harmless and widespread North American species. Nathan Hepworth

15 May, 2005:
I live in Calgary Alberta Canada. I found this spider in my house and I  wanted to know if you think I should call someone or if this is a common spider.

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13 May, 2005:
Hi
I emailed you yesterday about a spider I have been having problems with. I  found a picture of it on your website. No one ever replied as to what it  would be so could you please post the picture again? They are a REALLY big  problem in my home and we find them everywhere!
Carla

 

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Reply:  That is probably Badumna insignis. Don't get bitten by it.  Here are some links:
http://www.austmus.gov.au/factsheets/black_spider.htm
http://www.museum.vic.gov.au/spiders/detail.aspx?id=2
Nathan Hepworth
Here are some pictures:  The first is of a baby sitting on one half of the egg sac (a fly wing is also visible in this picture). You can zoom in  heaps - the detail is pretty good. The other two are of the mother. Unfortunately, it doesn't  show her appearance in great detail. The black dots above  her are the babies. I will try to get some better pictures - especially of the mother. Cheers,
Carine.

13 May, 2005:
I live in Adelaide, South Australia and for the past few months we’ve had a spider living in our bathroom corner above the door. She’s about 2.5 - 3cm in length (including her legs) and is black/very dark brown. Her legs are hairy, and her body is shiny.  The best comparison I’ve found on your website is the ‘black house spider’. The picture you have is very similar to her appearance.  Her web radiates from the corner, and has a funnel  like entrance to her ‘den’ behind the door frame.  She never wraps her prey in silk (that we have seen).  Whenever she catches a fly (which we supply to her) she immediately kills them and eats them, and throws the body parts out of the web the next day. Is this because she is starving? How often should she begetting a fly? We give her 2-3 a week, and the occasional small cockroach. Recently (maybe a month ago) she had babies. There are about40 of them. They are ant-sized, have not left the web, and have not made ‘milk-threads’to be carried off by the wind. Why aren’t the babies leaving the web?  She already has another egg sac, just outside of the ‘den’ entrance, which I can best describe as a bulging disc of silk. Please send me any information you can – especially how often she needs food, and what (if anything) we can do for the babies. Thank you for your time,
Carine.

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Reply: That looks like a species of Meta, n Tetragnathidae, harmless  garden spider. Nathan Hepworth

13 May, 2005:
This spider was spotted on a recent trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Dying to know what it is?

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13 May, 2005:
Can you identify this spider for me. I am in Northeast Wisconsin and have  been having problems with them for over a year. My son was bitten by one  last year and had symptoms of a Brown Recluse.
Carla

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13 May, 2005:
hola Friend

please, it would know to say the species to me of this spider, measures of 4cm.

Thanks

Felipe Barreira

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Reply: Certainly looks like a member of the solfugid family which includes camel spiders.
13 May, 2005:
Hello, I looked on your site for a way to submit a picture but didn't find anything, so I thought maybe the only way to make a submission is via email. The image is attached. This spider was found in a shipping box of electronic parts in Southern California in a package that had just been received from Taiwan. I don't think it is a local species of southern California, so it is mostly likely Taiwanese. Other people I have asked have suggested it is some form of Solifugae. Any help identifying it would be appreciated. Thanks. Preston Lewis

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Reply: Looks like a male garden orb weaver I've seen often on the border of the  female web. Cheers Oliver

6 May, 2005:Hello Glen, Apologies, I'll bet you get hundreds of emails daily from people trying to  identify spiders of various species. What a fantastic website, very useful. I've used it on a few occasions now. I live in the UK but over Christmas was travelling Australia and found this little beauty sat on my tent while in Coff's Harbour. Looks like a juvenile  Huntsman but it's joints point backwards not forwards......any ideas? Best Regards, Darren

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Reply: Great photo! That is a Tegeneria sp. house spider,  a harmless species. Nathan

1 May, 2005:
Hello. I put a wasp in a spider web to see what would happen, and a  huge spider came out and grabbed it. I think it's a wolf spider. I might be wrong, but either way I thought
I'd share the picture! :-)
Thanks,
Andy
Click photo for a larger view.

 

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Reply: That is a trapdoor spider, possibly a species of Cyclocosmia.  They are not considered dangerous, but would have a painful bite. Nathan

1 May, 2005:
I found this in my garage can you tell me what type it is? I live in Charlotte North Carolina I caught it and let it go in the woods behind my house on the web site I saw where someone else had seen this in NC.

 

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Reply: That is a fishing spider, genus Dolomedes. Nathan

26 April, 2005:
Hello, I ordered a case of Australian wine from my local liquor store and this little guy was in the box. I live in St. Paul, MN Any idea what type of spider he is? He measures 1-3/4 inches
(body and legs-head to tail). Thanks!
Joanie

 

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Reply: I'd be a bit concerned for its health with those pair of tarantula's legs next to it!!.
Reply: That looks like a Heteropoda venatoria, a huntsman spider. Nathan Hepworth
24 April
, 2005:
Hello,  My girlfriend and I captured this spider in our local blockbuster video. We have looked online quite a bit and cannot come to any conclusion as to what kind it is. Can you help us? Here are a few pics as attachments. The body of the spider is about 1 1/4 long with a legspan of almost 3 inches. Any correspondence would be appreciated.  Thank you and have a nice day, Jerry and Amy

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Reply: It's a tailless whipscorpion and harmless.

19 April
, 2005:
Hi Glen i hope you can help with this, i live in the UK and my Dad works out in Africa in Ghana in the jungle for a tree felling company, he knows im terrified of spiders and sent me this photo he took of one near his house !! he wants to know what it is and when im coming to visit!!! never now i've seen this thing. Apparently its the size of a dinner plate! thanks Jo Brundall

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Reply: Hi! My name is Lindsey and I was looking on another website that I thought would be helpful to the folks with the below question. This woman should be aware that all arachnids are venomous- it's whether the fangs are strong and large enough to penetrate human tissue: It is a trapdoor spider, species Myrmekiaphila fluviatilis. They're quite common in TN, usually found most often in the fall when they search for females or get washed out with heavy rains.
Brian Stewart
University of Tennessee
Agriculture Ext. Service
crazycritterguy@hotmail.com
18 April, 2005: My husband was clearing away some dirt and grass that had grown over a cement slab in the house we just rented. My 3 year old son spotted it in the dirt he had thrown to the side. We think it is a trapdoor spider but would like anyone's opinion. We live in Philadelphia, Tennessee. Are these spiders poisonous? I have a 2 and 3 year old who play in the backyard where we found it. Thank You, Joe and Danielle Courtney

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Reply: It looks like cyclosa conica.
18 April
, 2005:
Hi! I've searched as many sites as I could find and cannot identify this strange-looking spider. I live in Indiana (U.S.A.) and found it on my porch a few days ago (Spring). Could someone please help? Thanks, Julie

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17 April, 2005:
Hello, please let me know what this is! It's in my closet only about only a couple feet from my bed. We never move the clothes at that end of the closet and we boarded up the window so no light comes in also for a dark room.I's white about the size of a egg glued to my panelling. it looks like cotton. I live in East Texas,USA. Im very scared of spiders. We do get what i think is wolf spiders and small black hairy spiders with white dote on thier back, orb spiders, and a spider spiecies that I dont even know what it is but we have a Pine Tree just outside our door and in the summer it is filled with these spiders.They are about and inch and are dark they have their web going every where at night and its hard to even go outside at night and not come fac to face to one. Any info to calm my nerves on any of them mainley the pics would be greatly appriciated. Thank-you Sandy

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Reply: That looks like a Philodromus crab spider.  Compare your spider  with the photos here.  Nathan Hepworth

16  April
, 2005:
I tried to search for this spider on the web but could not find a match.  I live in Southern California zip 92544. If you have time, is it  possible to identify this spider for me. We found it in the house and I  have seen them before. I thought it was of the wolf spider family but  not sure. Thanks in advance for your time.
Greg Overbeck
dog.house9@verizon.net
Hemet, California 92544

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Reply: That is an orb-weaving spider, looks like it could be a  species in Neoscona . Nathan.
14 April
, 2005:
Hello Glenda,
I'm from Argentina, and I found this spider on an stick in my garden. I don't know what's about. It has a small web with 1 or 2 threads, and it moves only at night.
Thank you,
Inés Carusillo
Venado Tuerto
Argentina
Eric Spoores

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Reply: The spider is indeed an adult male mygalomorph. I do not know the exact species, but it definitely belongs to the genus Myrmekiaphila (I do not know if they have a common name, but they are a type of trapdoor spider). They are not dangerous, as the entomologist stated, but can be fairly aggressive when threatened. Bite can be more painful than a wasp sting. These spiders are neat because they build a double trapdoor (i.e., in the main burrow, there is a side-burrow with its own trapdoor, too)
13 April
, 2005:
I am having trouble getting an ID on this spider. Can you help? Thanks, Kim

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Reply: That is an orbweaver of the genus Zygiella, a harmless garden  spider. Nathan

10 April, 2005:
I found this little guy on my bed post and wandered if you help me identify it and let me know if it dangerous or not. They just started coming out about a week ago and I am finding 2-3 of them a night in my apartment. They are getting kind of annoying. I live in Iowa in the USA. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Eric Spoores

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Reply: That is a wolf spider, probably the species Hogna helluo. It is  harmless. Nathan
8 April
, 2005:
i found this spider while i was planting flowers one morning, dont know what kind it is. i did not know how agressive it was so i didnt want to get my finger to close,
but just to get an idea of how big it was. thanks james

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4 April, 2005:
Good day, My name is Ettienne and I live in the northern parts of South Africa. I recently discovered this beautiful spider in my garden by the distinct, huge yellow nest that caught my attention. I did some research and found it is part of the Golden Orb family. I just have trouble in pinning it down to which family exactly.  Please assist me by telling what this beauty’s name is. The picture enclosed is almost the exact size of the spider and she is quite big. You will also notice the smaller male in the background, but unfortunately this little fellow met his doom. I thank you kindly for your assistance. Ettienne vd Merwe

Reply: Yes, it's some sort of golden orb weaver but not sure what species exactly!! 

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Reply: The spider to the left is a black widow, the long legged one to the  right is a golden silk spider, species Nephila clavipes. Nathan
3 April
, 2005:
Can someone identify these spiders for me? The file named creepy crawl is a photo taken in Seychelles in Indian Ocean recently. The other file of the black one with red is taken in a garage in Georgia U.S. What kind of spider is Amblypige ? Best regards fromMagnus

Reply: This one look like a black widow.

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Reply: The sheetlike webs that sometimes appear overnight on lawns and  meadows, especially in autumn, are built by the funnel-web (not Australian funnel web) or grass  spider. Each sheet extends outward from a funnel-like opening  beneath which the spider lurks in waiting for grasshoppers and other  insects that may alight upon it. She constantly enlarges the web and if undisturbed, it may become a square yard in area.
1 April, 2005:
Hello Glenda,
Thanks again for your wonderful spider website.I saw some webs this morning on some heather in front of my house (attached picture). I did not see the spiders that created them I believe it would be some sort of meshweb spider, but certainly don't know.  Do you know what type of spider would weave such a web?
Thank you,
John Strebler
Huntersville, NC
jmstrebler@aol.com

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Reply: That is a "false widow," a species of Steatoda--probably Steatoda  borealis or grossa. Nathan
1 April
, 2005:
hi, Glen, I found your website a while ago when we found our first adult female black widow in the garage.....(typical black with red hour glass) very large...then an other just a month ago on our hottub lid, anyway, now this spring we seem to have these "nice" shiny brown spiders coming into our house, this one had made a home in the kids bathroom just under the cabinet...as I run a family daycare out of my home , I am REALLY wanting to know if you can tell me if it is a juvenile black widow or an adult male...or what it is? the marking looks just like a black V with a circle at the point of the V, body is very shiny dark brown/black and belly is a caramel colour...could you help me out? thanks, Jen from Kelowna BC Canada

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Reply:  The second set look like the bird dropping spider. First one some sort of orb weaver.

27 March, 2005:
To Whom It May Concern, I recently took some photos of a spider, and I particularly want to indetify  them because I wish to upload them to the free enyclopedia, Wikipedia with a
correct identification. There are two spider photos sets attached Thanks, and I think your website is brilliant.  Sincerely, Peter Firus (Click for larger views)

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Reply: That is Kukulcania hibernalis, the southern house spider. It is harmless.
See these sites for pics and more info:
http://www.floridanature.org/species.asp?species=Kukulcania_hibernalis
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/spiders/southern_house_spider.htm - Nathan Hepworth.

27 March, 2005:
I dont know if this is where i post my spider questions - but here goes... i found this spider in my bathroom tonight - I live in Orlando, FL. What is it - is it poisonous? Thanks so much for your time! Jennifer

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Reply: That is a species of Nephila, a type of orbweaving spider. Despite its  forbidding appearance, its bite would not be dangerous. Somewhat painful,  but not dangerous. It IS beautiful though! - Nathan Hepworth.

12 March, 2005:
Can you pls tell me what this spider is? I live in Edenvale, South Africa and found it on our garden wall. Is it dangerous?

Thank you, Peggy M.
 

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Reply: This picture has been posted before, on this page: http://www.spiderzrule.com/spiderphotos04.htm And there is an ID , in  red text, above the image. The spider is Cheiracanthium inclusum, the yellow  sac spider. Go to this website for more info: www.hobospider.org. A yahoo search on the scientific name should give you  some more pics and/or info.  - Nathan Hepworth.
4 March, 2005:
Hi, my name is Sonia. I have attached a photo of the spider that keep showing up in my basement. I'm just wondering if you can tell me what kind they are and if they are dangerous. I'm concerned, because I have a 1 1/2 year old daughter that had spotted the last one and tried to pick it up. I searched up and down your website and couldn't find anything that looked like this. It has a reddish clear body.
Please Help!!

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Reply: That looks like a Steatoda triangulosa, which is not dangerous. A  bite may produce mild symptoms, but nothing really serious. I'm not sure  about S.triangulosa, but at least one other Steatoda species is known to  FEED on black widows, so it isn't a bad spider to have around... - Nathan Hepworth.
2 March, 2005:
I ran into three of these guys in a closet inside my house in Northern  California. There's no reason to believe they are particularly  venomous, but could you ID it for me?

Thanks!

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Reply: This one looks a bit like Dysdera crocata- the woodlouse hunter, pictured below.

20 February, 2005:
This spider was in my house in Elgin Il. Can you help me to identify it's name and type? It was very aggressive if you touched it or put anything in front of it. It put it's fangs in a tissue and would not let go. Is it possible that it was just defending itself, because it lost two rear legs when my girlfriend picked it up? The body was very hard and the back was soft. I have touched many spiders and none have ever been so defensive or combative for that matter.  thanks, mike

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Reply: That looks like a Kukulcania hibernalis ( formerly called Filistata  hibernalis ), also known as the Southern house spider. It is not dangerous. - Nathan
Hepworth.
18 February, 2005:
I live in southern California and I found this spider in my kitchen. It was very lethargic but I put it outside in my planter. What the heck kind of spider is this? Thanks,

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Reply: That is a Dysdera crocata- the woodlouse hunter. It's  not dangerous, but the bite can hurt and may cause a rash with blister-like  bumps. This species is in both the US and Europe. See : http://www.ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/Spider/spiders.htm
- Nathan Hepworth
18 February, 2005:
Hey there,
I was on holiday in Clearfield Utah. Here i found this spider in the bathroom. I'm from Holland so I don't have a clue of what kind of spider it is. I wondered if you could tell me. Thanx in advance
Greetings Gerrit Hoogland,
The Netherlands

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Reply: The top spider is a Leucauge species (orchard spider), the   red-bottomed spider is an orbweaver, possibly Araneus or Neoscona. The  spider below that is a wolf spider. The spider below that is an Argiope, and  the spider with the long red abdomen looks like it could be a Nephila  orbweaver. - Nathan Hepworth
14 February, 2005:
hey, i found your site while trying to identify the attached black and yellow arigiope, or St Andrews Cross spider, i'm also sendin some pics from other spiders i've been able to capture here, i live in Colombia, South America. Anyway i hope u can help me identify them as i'm really hoping u can... Thanx a lot guys, great site!

Reply: These looks like a wolf spider, the ones with the red abdomen look like a lady bird spider and the ones below like a leaf curling spider. The ones below that are of a black and yellow argiope.

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11 February, 2005:
Hi, I cannot find this spider anywhere, can you please help Identify this. I live in Australia, Perth (WA) and found it one night in a web and it climbed up to the gutter. It had very furry legs. Can you please email me the results to this email and CC:darren.lewis@iinet.net.au. Thanks , Darren

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Reply: That is a fishing spider, a species of Dolomedes. - Nathan Hepworth
11 Febr
uary, 2005:
I found this spider floating in my toilet, which of course totally freaked me out! It took me about 20 minutes or so to work up the courage to flush it, but before I flushed it I decided to throw some toilet paper at it to make sure it was dead.........and it totally jumped!! I thought I was going to pee in my pants, so I flushed like 4 times in a row to make sure it was gone. I can't tell from your pictures whether it is a Wolf or a Fisher spider, could you please let me know. And also, does this mean there are more of them in my apartment! EEK! Thanks, Meredith

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Reply: Don't worry, that is definitely NOT a hobo spider. It is  probably either a fishing spider or a wolf spider. Neither will be
dangerous.
- Nathan Hepworth

4 February, 2005:
I saw this bug while hiking at a wilderness park near my home. Could you please tell me what it is? It kinda looks like a hobo spider and I am concerned as I hike at this park quite often. Thank you, Sandra Brown
 

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Reply: Looks more like a wolf spider than a brown recluse.
1 February, 2005:
Hello, I got your email from a spider web site. http://www.rochedalss.eq.edu.au/reclusebite.htm.
I have to know what kind of spider this is that I found on the floor of my bedroom. I'm thinking it is a brown recluse. Can you please take a look and tell me what you think?
Thank you for your time! Andy

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Thanks Glen, the colour and markings of the 2 spiders are very similar. However, the water spider appears to have a much smaller abdomen. It could be because the water spider is much larger and so its abdomen is looks smaller relative to the rest of its body. (but with scale, I can't really say). Spider No. 3 grew to about 5-6 cm in diameter (including legs) then disappeared all of a sudden. There has been no new spider since. Attached are a couple of more photos. One is of a very small specimen of the same spider (15mm at most). They seem to inhabit plants near the pond during infancy. The other is an overall picture of the pond with No. 2 spider. The tadpoles in view (Litoria caerulea) are full grown and larger than any that the spider hauled out. I have a theory that these spiders have evolved to grow in synch with thetadpoles (which attain full size in about 35 days prior to metamorphosis).Regards, Kevin

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Reply: Looks like a Water Spider.
31 January, 2005:
Hi, I live in Darwin in a unit with a small back yard. I maintain a small fish
pond with a few guppies. During the Wet Season, the Green Tree Frogs lay heaps
of eggs in the pond and it becomes full of tadpoles as well as the guppies (the guppies are overwhelmed and leave the tadpoles alone). This year there has been a succession of spiders (one at any given time) living on the surface of the pond. The spider starts off small and a silvery grey but goes through a succession of moults to become larger and more brown coloured. The spider appear to feed off tadpoles which are hauled out of the water for that purpose. I've noticed that as it gets larger, the spider gets more nervous and ducks under the water if disturbed. The attached photos show No. 2 spider. Unfortunately, about a week after these photos, a bird or lizard raided the pond and ate all remaining fish and tadpoles and the spider disappeared. I've restocked the pond with fish and tadpoles. No. 3 spider has been there for a while and has reached a size of about 6cm diameter (leg span). The photos don't give a great idea of colour. The spider's abdomen is more of a purple colour with light flecks. I assume this is a species of Dolomedes but I don't know which one. Regards, Kevin Cook, Nightcliff. Darwin, Northern Territory

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Reply: Looks like a Huntsman.

28 January, 2005:
Hi, I live in Oroville, Ca, about 50 miles north of Sacramento. I have found several of these spiders around my house. people say it looks like a wolf spider but I can't see that. Please tell what this is. Thanks, Dan

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Reply: Don't think it is a wolf spider.

28 January, 2005:
It could be a wolf spider, but I can't find a picture of it anywhere! Attached is a cropped image.
TIA.
-mark
 

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Reply: Probably both are right, with Cane Spider being the local name for the Huntsman.
22 January, 2005:
I found this guy in my friend's place the other night on the big island of Hawaii. I thought it looked like the Huntsman spider I had seen in the Blue Mountains region, but a local told me it was a Cane spider. Who's right?  Love the sight, Phill D.

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Reply: This could be a fishing spider.

22 January, 2005:
Hiyas, I was a mates house, and took this photo of a very large spider. Legs
8-10cm, body 3-5cm. It was on the carpet, no web. Sorry, didn't think to include something to scale it by. I just shot and ran! (So to speak). Any ideas on what this large guy is, greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance,
John.
 

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Reply: Hello,
I am a first year biology student in Canada and I recently happened upon your web page. Good job, I think it's great that your students have such an excellent opportunity to learn about spiders. I just thought I would let you know that the unidentified "spider that has too many legs to be a spider" from Jan 19, 2005 appears to be a house centipede. Like spiders centipedes belong to the Arthropoda phylum, however their class is Chilopoda as opposed to Arachnida. Again, good job! (your site almost makes me like spiders)
Jessica Pearson
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Reply: I've included these photos to point out to people that in identifying spiders you must first check the number of legs they have - spiders have 8 legs and 2 body parts. This is definitely NOT a spider as it has way too many legs.
19 January, 2005:
Attached are a few pictures of a spider I found in my basement here in Michigan, I'm hope you can tell me anything about it.  Thank you,Steve Wheelock wheels@provide.net

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Reply: Looks like a Tailless Whipscorpion to me.
6 January, 2005:
Hi Glen. Saw your website. My wife and I saw lots of spiders in Costa Rica, but this one takes the cake! Big and gnarly this one! I've never seen a spider with arms that extend out from either side of it's head with scorpion-like pincher/stingers on the end. Unfortunately, our local guide killed it because they were pretty darn sure it was poisonous. Any ideas what kind this guy is???
Thanks.Carrington Barrs

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Reply: Looks like a Huntsman to me.
14 January, 2005:
I found this spider on the coast of Thathra. I've got no idea what the spider is, there several other attachments. Any ideas  you can e-mail me on koby_korn@hotmail.com

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Reply: This spider is commonly known as the Hawaiian HAppy Face spider (Theridion grallator  Family Theridiidae and is endemic to the Hawaiian islands.  Click here for more info.
14 January, 2005:
Hi! i stumbled on to your website (google) while trying to identify this spider (attached)--my girlfriend sent me a picture of.  someone she knows, casually (and vice versa), had posted it in response to one of her online posts... maybe she/we're overanalyzing or being self-conscious about it... and this person just happens to love spiders just wanted to share this cool spider-picture with her OR maybe there's some other intent to it... like a symbolic meaning (associated with spiders in general OR this particular one)??? either way, COULD YOU PLEASE HELP??? we would soooooooo much appreciate it! thanks in advance, and have a great day!!! tammy and lori-

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Reply: The first unidentified spider is a pirate spider. Tonya Facchine

10 January, 2005:
Hi. I found this spider in the bathroom of our home in south carolina. Is it a brown recluse or wolf spider? If not, can you please tell me what kind of spider it is. As you can see, it has very distinct markings on it's back end. Thank you.
 

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Reply: This one is a crab spider - Tonya Facchine
7 January, 2005:

Hi, I found this little guy crawling up our wall in the kitchen when the light was off. Looking at your photos on your site, it doesn't look a LOT like the brown recluse but it seems to be similar. It's rear is more round than oval like most recluses and mine seems to be one solid brown. I tried to stretch his legs out for a better representation but it doesn't do him justice. The length of his legs was an easy two to three times his body length. We get a lot of brown spiders around here but not with legs this long. We live in the northern area of Virginia, USA. Of the attached files, "spider4" is a cropped version of "spider3". I left the first two pictures actual size with the floor tiles showing to give you an idea of his size. The tiles are 6 inches by 6 inches and his body (eyes to end is about 1/3 inch). I wish I had thought to take a picture of him still alive but we have a 7 month old and I wasn't about to take a chance. Thank you for your time. -Dan

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