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UNIDENTIFIED SPIDERS

30 December, 2008:
No one that I e-mailed could correctly identify the brown spider (both photos are of the same spider), the local Arachnologist says that it is in fact not a recluse, and I don't remember why she said that, but the Orkin inquiry I sent revealed the opposite, that it is in fact a brown recluse, maybe "unidentified" for now? I live in Colorado, where black widows are common, this one I've had for two years, and I have kept many other balck widows. I do want you to know this however, the Arachnologist I contacted, believes the brown recluse can't live here, but many other people say they can live in Colorado, so I think maybe her biased opinion led to her response, in fact, I sent the photo to many contacts including Orkin, and I believe I told the contact who forwarded the photo to her to do the same, I didn't mention the word "recluse" in the e-mails, so, the fact she mentioned "recluse" without it being suggested, well, she maybe just be in denial. Thanks for the quick response, Stefan

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Reply: It could be a fishing spider. glen

10 December, 2008:
Found this in Walton County, Georgia. It was well over 4" from one leg end to the opposite. Is it a wolf spider I have never seen? Can't seem to find a picture like it online. Thanks, Eli

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Reply: More investigation and it looks like it might be a trashline orb weaver (cyclosa). glen

22 November, 2008
Hi Glen, Greetings from Bermuda, we were out looking for spiders today and found this little fellow. From a distance it looks just like debris in a web. Its body is about the size of a grain of rice, not sure how long the legs are. I am guessing that it is an orb weaver of some kind. What do you think? Have a good day, Tracy

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Another Reply: Hi Glen, There is a spider from spiderphotos08.htm that I believe is a Calisoga species. Native to California, they are often mistaken for tarantulas. They are a bit smaller and in all of my encounters very unruly. I had one as a pet for a bit and she loved to rear up and bite everything...all the time. Ryan

Reply: This could be a trapdoor spider but it is rather light in colour. It doesn't have the correct eye pattern for a wolf spider- glen
22 November, 2008:
I live in Northern California in the Tahoe area. My neighbor just across the driveway found this in her front yard. Ive caught what I think it be a female and she is thriving. However, Im perplexed. Just what is she? I at first thought a Trap-Door Spider. She does burrow but has no trap door. Instead its lined in a fine layer of webbing inside and out. So I am thinking maybe a Burrowing Wolf spider. Could you please shed some light? Also how venomous would she be? Ive not handled her and I really don't intend to. But we have grown to love her and its really for curiosty sake. Thanks a ton for your help and wonderful site. Keep it up.

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Another Reply from Carl: Oonops sp.

Reply: The colouring looks like a sac spider but I'm not really sure.

22 November, 2008
Hi Glen,  I’m not sure what kind of spider is in 1542a. It’s tiny, with legs and all it can’t be more than 1/8 inch. I found it behind a picture frame. It looks like it has 3 pairs of eyes – I know that the brown recluse have six eyes arranged like this, could it be a juvenile? Have a good day, Tracy

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A Reply from Carl: Scytodes sp. (Spitting spider)

10 November, 2008:
Hi Glen, I think these pictures are a little better than the original one I’d sent you of that dark brown spider that I’m trying to id. I took them this morning with a macro lens; the body of this spider is just shorter than a grain of rice. (Picture 1409) – With its legs, it is smaller than a dime. It’s a beefy spider, with an abdomen and head that are about the same in shape and size. Its front four legs are a little longer that the last back set and the middle back legs are the shortest. It looks something like a broad faced sac spider to me but it lives behind a messy web. I cleared away most of the webs and moth eggs before I took the pictures this morning. It’s a shy spider that crouches first, then runs away, fairly quickly, if disturbed. It has been living in an old wooden cat toy I’d tucked away a while ago. It remained on the toy the whole time while I photographed it, but ran to different hiding spots when disturbed. The macro lens makes him look lighter and a reddish brown; with the naked eye he looks almost black. Have a good day, Tracy

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A Reply from Carl: Laniotore. Possibly Acrographinotus sp.?

Reply: I have never seen a spider like this before. It could be an insect as it appears to have 3 sets of legs and 2 feelers but can't really tell from the photo - glen

9 November, 2008:
Hello! Found this guy on a friends backback near Huarez, Peru. Any ideas on what it is? I've been al over the net and on your website and can't find a match. Thanks! Sharyn

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Reply: This one is also hard to ID due to the condition of its abdomen. It could also be one of the hacklemesh spiders but its a bit hard to tell as well. Please take the cat to a vet if you are concerned!!- glen
25 October, 2008:
Hey Glen, Stumbled across your site in trying to ID a spider that I'm pretty sure bit or somehow interacted with my cat who's been behaving VERY, very strangely (not purring, seems like in pain around the mouth) since I came home one day and found this spider dead int he corner of my kitchen on the floor. My cat is known to hunt down and kill spiders (usually via biting). So I'm very concerned. The best I can do is a souther house spider from your site, or maybe a black house spider even (those are only in Aus though, right?) I would LOVE for a reply w/ a positive ID =). I'd be straight off to the emergency room, too, if you said the word. Thanks so much, -Michael
PS I'm in Santa Monica, California (southern CA near the coast).

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Reply: This could be one of the hacklemesh spiders but its a bit hard to tell from the photo - glen
25 October, 2008:
Hey Glen- Amazing site! Glad I came across it--not because I can identify much, but rather, just love the macro shots and close ups of all the spiders. One quick question--what is the spider in the attached photos? It was found in my basement in Colorado. The closest I could find on your site would be a version of the Brown Recluse or a Hobo--but I'm not certain. Any thoughts would be great! Thanks! Brad

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A Reply from Carl: Theridion sp. (similar to T. sisyphium here in UK)

Reply: The closest I could find is Enoplognatha ovata, who has the same markings and comes in a great variety of colours.
20 October, 2008:
Hi Glen I like your site. Spiderzrule. Very True! Very informative . I wish to request your assistance in finding identification of the Spider picture that is attached . It appears to have the markings of a cross spider. If it is why the fancy colors? Radioactive Mutation? If it helps this was a small or young web slinger , it could probably stand on top of a pencil eraser. I wish to post this on the web site that i am building .When it is up and running I would like to Link a number of spider sites (my wife and i photograph spiders among other things) yours included. If you can help I will give you credit for its identity. I have only asked you . Thank You in advance Woody the Rocketloader

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Reply: This is probably a  fishing spider, possibly Dolomedes vittatus.

17 October, 2008:
I was hiking in a marsh in south florida and came across this "lovely" specimen and was hoping you could identify it. I've never seen one quite like it. thanks!

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12 October, 2008:
Hi Glen I love your website on spiders even though I really don't like spiders. I can't believe the number of different spiders there are in each spider family. Some are really pretty and others really gross. I have cringed at some photos I have seen. I live approx. 3 hours north of Toronto, Ontario and took this photo of a spider's web in early September of this year but can't identify what type of spider made it. As you can see in the one photo, the spider is at the entrance of the "funnel" but I do believe it is dead. I have looked up Funnel Weavers, Nursery Spiders and Tent Spiders, but most photos only show the spider itself and not the web. The web photos I have found, don't match this one. The "funnel" is approx. 2 inches long and is in a spruce tree approx. 3 feet off the ground. The spruce tree is on my front lawn. My son found the same type of web in a wetland near Sudbury, Ontario. Do you have any idea what type of spider made this web? Thank you for your time, help and great website. Karen
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12 October, 2008:
Hi, My sister found this spider in her cat water bowl and it is already dead. We live in California and would like to know what kind of spider it is. I've included a few pictures of the spider so that you can maybe identify it. We would really appreciate it if you could let us know the kind of spider so that if it is a new one here, we can let the county know about it too. This is a fairly small one, but we did find one that was much bigger outside in the rosebushes (the big one was several months ago). We would really appreciate knowing if it is poisonous. We have a different type of a wolf spider in our area than is mentioned on your site. No we don't have pics, they are scary. Thank you very much, Joy & Sabrina

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Reply: From the stripes it is developing, it could even be a young wolf spider or something like that.

8 October, 2008:
This was a very small spider on my car mirror in San Bernardino, California. Does it take time for a young spider to get its coloring? What do you think it is? on your website, closest thing I saw was yellow sac, but it also looks like an orb weaver... I don't know.

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30 September, 2008:
Hi Glen... I'm a big fan of the site, and have been keeping an eye out for my local spiders, and have been carrying a camera round with me to get pictures where possible. I've attached a few pictures that you can use, but there is one spider in there that i dont recognise... The Steatoda Grossa, and the Orb Weaver I know, but the last one is a mystery to me. It has a body length of about 18mm, the cephalothorax is shiny like black armour, and the abdomen was like the texture of brushed velvet. I live on the South Coast of the UK, so i fear it may be a European species that you might not know, but I hope you might have some idea, even if it's just an idea of what family it's from. Anyway, thank you for looking, and keep up the great work. Glen

Reply: Scotophaeus blackwalli - Kevin L.

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Reply: No 3 - Opiliones Kevin L.
30 September, 2008:
Hi my name is Sara me and my preschool class have been learning about spiders and going on spider "hunt" where we look around the school and find spider so we can take there pictures. I would love to be able to tell the children what the names of these spiders are but Ive been unable to identify them. All the pictures were taken at the daycare on the sunshine coast (near Vancouver) in British Columbia Canada

Reply: No 1 is a garden orb weaver.
No 2 is a Jumping spider.
No 3 is possibly an opilione but I'm not sure.
No 4 could be a Venusta Orchard spider but I can't see enough of its abdomen to be sure.
No 5 belongs to the tegenaria family and could be tegenaria gigantea, the giant house spider.
No 6 is also a garden orb weaver.
No 7 I can't see well enough to tell sorry!!

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Reply from Scott: Thanks Glen…. Analyzing the pictures I would match my spider up with the Broad Faced Sac Spider. Thanks again for your help Scott O

Reply: Check out woodlouse hunters and broad faced sac spiders, it resembles both of them but I'm not sure which one

28 September, 2008:
I am trying to identify a this spider I found in my house in Western Michigan on two occasions. What is the best resource to help me identify what type of spider this is? Thank you in advanced for your help. Scott O

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23 September, 2008:
Hi Glen, Just to say hello and send you some photos. Take care. Eddie

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Reply: This could belong to the tegenaria family to which the hobo spider belongs.  It is important that people who send in photos also tell me where they live so I can see if they have those spiders in their area.

18 September, 2008:
I find these all over my house in late summer. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks, Brandey

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Reply: I'm not sure of this one. The spinnerets and abdomen look like they belong on some sort of myglamorph. I can't see its eye pattern either to see if it belongs to the wolf spider family.

13 September, 2008:
Hi Glen, What a great site! I recently was given a specimen to ID but I'm not very good with arachnids. Any guesses on this one? Female Hogna helluo? The shape looks right but it is all dark brown...no yellowish stripe down the cephalothorax. Legs are distinctly banded. It was found in a house (no web evident) near Haliburton, Ontario, Canada (that's about 120 miles NE of Toronto). I've attached a few pics. Any help much appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ed

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Another Reply: Steatoda sp. most likely S. grossa Kevin L.

Reply: As far as I can find out, the areas on the map are correct but I guess they could extend to the south east especially after the weather you have been having there. However I would question that that yours is a recluse after looking at the pattern on the abdomen which seems to have some lighter markings on it and the violin is not very distinct. Still it's hard to tell from photos and being in Australia I have never seen one in the flesh!! glen

7 September, 2008:
Interesting that the colored area of the map indicating Brown Recluse territory does not include the Southeast US. I know that Brown Recluse spiders do inhabit the SE US and have read many reports of bites. Here are a few photos of a Brown Recluse that I found in my shoe today Sept 6, 2008. Interesting that Hurrican Hanna came through Raleigh/Durham Research Triangle Area this morning and the run-off creek behind our house in Durham overflows so I was out wading in the water taking pictures. I returned to the house and took off my soaked pair of slide on outdoor shoes and place them on the floor near the back door. About 3 hours later after the storm had passed and the sun came out I picked them up to place them outside to dry out. Fortunately I noticed a very fine spider web and a small movement when I looked in the shoe for there was a Brown Recluse making him/herself at home. The shoes were still soaking wet and interesting that the shoes are black. I took them outside and took some photos before letting it go (outside). This is the first time that I have been able to positively identify a Brown Recluse although I believe that I have seen a couple in the past. Usually our biggest problem here are deer ticks and getting Lime's disease. I have several golf friends that have been bitten and contracted the disease (pretty nasty). My mother taught biology in high school here in NC for 42 years so I grew up with critters. Great Site!

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Reply: Once again this is an argiope of some sort but without seeing the top side its a bit hard to tell what it is. Please make sure you send me photos of the top side to have your spider identified.

7 September, 2008:
I took this photo of a spider in my back yard near my back door and I have no clue what it is. I need to know if it is posionous or not, it's about 3" from top to bottom. Can you help me? I attached the best pic I have of the under belly of the spider. Please if you can't help me will you let me know who can?

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Reply: I don't think these 2 are the same as the other which was definitely a Huntsman. Could be some sort of a wolf spider.
7 September, 2008:
Hi Glen Enjoyed the site, found you totally by mistake backtracking some links to my blog. But now I found you, I thought you might be interested in these: The three spiders seem the same to me. A type of huntsman, from looking at the pics on your sight. Correct? Spoider maha was a big boy we found at the Emirates Al Maha desert resort, deep in the UAE desert. Spoider was found in a Sri Lankan bathroom! He was happily eating quite a large winged insect and we gave him a pretty wide berth. Spoider Shj Desert was on a camping trip in the same broad area of the UAE’s desert as Al Maha. Same type of thingy?

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Reply: This is an argiope of some sort but without seeing the top side its a bit hard to tell what it is. Please make sure you send me photos of the top side to have your spider identified.
Later photos show this is a banded argiope.  glen

7 September, 2008:
Hi, We live in the high desert of Arizona and found this guy today. He is making a web around a cactus plant. He is about 3" or so long. Notice the spot on his head which is kind of like an eyespot on fish. Can you help us identify him? Thanks for your help!

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Reply: Here's another one of these weird looking spiders covered in some sort of fungus. glen

4 September, 2008:
Been checking your very interesting website out trying to find a spider like the strange one in the basement of the house we just started renting in Coos Bay Oregon.... I am not into spiders but this one is not one I have ever seen before and would like to have someone take the bizarre creature off my hands before I bug bomb the basement and make it liveable for a friend... Could you please help out?

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Reply: I'm not sure what this one is, it is either an argiope or some sort of garden or weaver. glen

4 September, 2008:
Hello, I have to very large Webs on my side yard near a small bush and a large tree occuping to spiders that look just like this. I have attached the best picture of I can. It was a little scared and kept running from me. I understand, I didn't really want it jumping down and saying hi to me either. I want to know what kind of spider this is and if it can be dangerous. I have a lot of kids in my neighbor hood that like to play hide and seek and I just don't want a kid to go running through the web. I don't mind a spider that is going to get rid of other insects for me but I just didn't like seeing this one. Can you help me, I first thought it was a form of and Orb Spider but it really didn't match an picture I could find. Help please. Robert

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Reply: It looks like one of the tegenaria so but I'm not sure if it's a hobo or giant house spider etc. Spiders are very resilient to spray and you are putting all those pesticides in your lungs too! Glen

30 August, 2008:
Found this at the bottom of the stairs.. even after spraying inside and out? Hobo? House spider? I am confused because the Hobo seems to have a very dangerous reputation and the normal house spider doesn't...

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Reply: Either Sparassidae or Ctenidae, I would say it is most likely a Ctenid due to the eye arrangement. Kevin L.

28 August, 2008:
Hi, I was looking in your web, but couldn't find a link where to ask and upload the pic. I was in Panamá near the Canal area, when i took the picture. I would like to know what kind of spider is this one, hope you know about it. Thanks so much, Eduardo

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Reply from Becky: Glen, So I put this little buddies picture on a web site & it was identified as this… “This looks like a hacklemesh weaver spider (family Amaurobiidae) - see [HYPERLINK@www.pbase.com] “ The website I used was http://davesgarden.com. Thank you for your time ;) Becky

Reply: The herringbone pattern on its back looks a bit like those on some tegenaria but the shiny cephalothorax is not typical of them. I'd suggest you ask your local pest control people -glen

28 August, 2008:
I have not been able to identify this spider… can you please help me? I live in western Washington (State). These spiders have been seen in the wood pile, bricks in our fire pit and the dirt, but this one was on the cushion when I pulled it out of the shed this summer. Thanks bunches! Becky

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Reply: This could be a sac spider of some sort or a male southern house spider but I'm not sure if they live in Europe or not. glen

 

28 August, 2008:
Hy, This spider scared me one night. I was lying in my bed, reading a book when I saw him walking over me. I never saw that type of spider in real before. He was about 3 cm long with legs and very fast. I live in eastern Europe so it can't be brown recluse or something from genus Tegenaria, but what is it then? Thnx.

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Reply: I'd say this is a wolf spider but as I can't see the back of its abdomen, it could also be a grass spider - they have long spinnerets at the back of the abdomen. From the general shape and build though, I'd say its a wolf spider

9 August, 2008:
Hello there, I found your website while trying to identify a spider I found in my garage. Maybe you can help. I attached a picture and my brother thought it was about the size of a silver dollar (american!). We live in Phoenix AZ USA. Any input you can give me would be greatly appreciated. This is a very cool web site, by the way. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Marni

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Reply: This is either a fishing spider or a wolf spider. This photo is not close enough for me to see the eye pattern which is often the only way to distinguish them. glen

9 August, 2008:
Glen - Great website! Was wondering if you can tell what type of spider this is (maybe a wolf?) - it was fast, hard to get a picture - saw another in my basement - could not coax if from underneath the futon for a better photo than this one. This one was about 3 inches in diameter. Do I need to worry about my 3 little kids with these in the house? Thanks so much for your help, Maria Cincinnati, OH

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Another reply: Hi Glen Very interesting website. I think this photo is of Dicranopalpus ramosus – we get these in the UK in the southern half of England and I have found them in Warminster Wiltshire some years ago on a Privet hedge – sorry no digital photo. Other web photos look remarkably similar but you need a closeup of the palps. Why do people think they have to kill spiders .. mostly they do good it seems to me - anyway they are what they are. Kind regards from a fellow arachnophile Tony, Sutton Coldfield UK

Reply: Looks like an opilione  -harvestman or the other daddy long legs and possibly a male.

9 August, 2008:
Glen could you possibly tell me what spider this is. It came out of a drum which came from the China area Dave

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Reply: Looks like a daddy long legs but I'm not sure.

5 August, 2008:
Hello, I am not sure you can help with this one. I have not been able to find a picture of this spider on the internet yet. I have found these spiders at my home in Canon City, Colorado. I found them about two years ago under my deck. I got rid of them and they were not visible last year. They have reappeared this year. I do not have an image yet for you. I will send it to you when I get back home and find another

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Reply: I'm inclined to think this one is a member of the tegenaria family f(which incldes hobo spiders) rom the markings on the abdomen and the long pedipalps. glen

5 August, 2008:
Hey Glen, was reading your site trying to identify a spider I found on the wall in my bedroom, posted the pics on facebook and have gotten everything from Brown Recluse to Hobo to a regular house spider, any ideas?

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25 July,  2008:
Glen- The photo I have attached to this email is of a spider I found in the arm of one of my rocking chairs. I am not sure what type of spider it is, have never seen one whose back legs are shorter than the front. It was fairly small (I would say between a dime and a penny) I had sprayed some bug spray into the arm of the chair about a minute or two before snapping this picture. Any info would be great...I have 2 small children (under the age of 3) who like to open and close the arms of the recliners and play around the chairs! At first I thought it might be a brown recluse but the abdomen does not seem to match nor do the legs. I'm located in the panhandle of texas (Happy, TX) and brown recluses are present here. Maybe you can help me out! Thanks for any info!! Kayla
A Reply from Carl: Xysticus sp.

Reply: Not sure about this one, it sort of looks like a crab spider but could be a small huntsman being found indoors.

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20 July, 2008:
Hello Glen I found this spider in the window well of my home in Lyons Colorado. I showed it to a few of the old timers here and town and no one was able to identify it. It is about 2 inches long. I don't want to kill it if it is a good one... Thanks Ed

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Another Reply: Hi Glen This looks more like a male Tetragnatha to me. The palps are very long and the wide “jaws” overall size all lead to same suggestion. Only thing is they are normally found near water and Deanna doesn’t say if that would be true. In UK a species Tetragnatha Montana (Simon) is a close match. Hope this helps If not Kind regards anyway Tony

Reply: I don't think it is a brown recluse but am not sure what it is.
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July, 2008:
Hello there! I have been following this web page for years! and it has aided me greatly in identifying various spiders in the neighbourhood! I would like to send you this picture I took today in my garage. I was moving some items around and this came down the wall and then stayed still while I ran for my camera. I am in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and this is the first time I've seen a recluse type spider although I knew it was possible to have them. This spider was approximately 30-35mm from front to back legs. You can zoom in enough to see the hairs on the legs and the eyes but I was unable to get any other sides of the spider. From looking on your site I am sure it's a brown recluse and since I'm in the garage often working, it had to meet its demise with a piece of cardboard. Enjoy! Deanna

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3 July, 2008:
Hi Glen, One of my hobbies is photographing spiders, and since I won't be much longer in Florida I'm trying to photograph as many as I can. I have come across two that I cannot identify, and none of my sources (i.e. the website http://www.floridanature.org/order.asp?order=Araneae) seem to have any information about. The first two photos are from what appeared to be a cobweb spider of sorts; I found his web on the end of a tree branch, and he was rather shy. In the photos he is hiding from me. The next four are from a family of spiders that live at the ceiling nearby the front door of a friend's house. Many of them appeared to be forming eggsacs, as depicted in the photos, and they all had that spiney looking silk nest. I thought that they might be Social Cobweb spiders at first, but on closer inspection they don't look like them at all. There were many, though, indicating a level of socialization between them. Any idea? Thanks! Rudo

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Reply: Hi Glen! In regards to the unidentified spider that Damy recently sent you,  we think we may have figured out what it is: http://bugguide.net/node/view/60975/bgpage
 it's called a pirate spider or mimetus.  Mike and Niki
 22 June, 2008:
Hi Glen, I have attached a couple of pictures of a spider I found in a web the other day. I don't have a clue what kind it was. Feel free to use any pictures I send. --Damy
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Reply: It could be a desert recluse but the abdomen doesn't seem to be like the other photos of that spider. Nice side on view!! My first thought on this spider was a daddy longlegs but as our AU versions doesn't have an hourglass I didn't follow it up. However thanks to Mike & Niki who did some research on it on the sites below, I think it probably is a daddy long legs of the pholcus species.


16 June, 2008:
Hi, I live in Pahrump, NV, that is 60 ml W of Las Vegas. We have the "other" recluse according to the extension office. I have not been happy w/ the looks of this spider but w/ out positive ID I can't justify killing it. Thank you for your website my son and I love it!

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Reply: Hi again! So I was playing around again, looking at that beautiful green spider with red markings. I checked out the bugguide and found this: http://bugguide.net/node/view/32328/bgpage  Species - Araneus cingulatus - Niki

15 June, 2008:
Glen, I have attached photos of two spiders I have found around my southern New Jersey home. The first was easily identified as a female Wolf Spider, though, I would be grateful for a more specific id if you have one. The closest I have found in my Nat'l Audobon book is the Carolina Wolf Spider, however, it lacks the color and definition of this little beauty. The second I could not identify. She was a tiny thing with a body not more than about 1/8-1/4 in. I searched your gallary and was impressed with the varieties listed. I was certain I would find it there. would be there. (Though the trip through your photo album was, in itself, both enlightening and entertaining). I almost forgot what I was doing there. Unfortunately, in all the pics I found there, this spider remains a mystery. If you can identify this little green monster, I would again be very grateful. Just a note of interest... it's quite shooter. It was at least 5 feet from the branch it shot it's web onto before sailing off and out of my cameras view. I hope you have some answers for me and major kudos on your website. Stephen
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Reply: It could be a male yellow sac spider or male southern house spider. You don't have tegenaria in Atlanta.

6 June, 2008:
Hello Glen, You have a very informative site that I've used a lot lately. These photos are from a spider my cat accidentally sat on, then when spider moved or bit her a second later, she jumped up. Spider was unharmed and very easy to maneuver into a clear vase. He is the 5th spider I have captured that were just like him in the last 5 months. They all had the boxing glove genitalia varying slightly in sizes. However, two weeks ago I captured and released a funnel web weaver , best I could tell from photos on your site. Anyway, was hoping you might help me with this fellows identity. I know he's at least in the Tegenaria family. I found all spiders running across my living room floor at night with about 4 bright lights on around the room. 4th spider I encountered ran right up to me and hid under my upper leg. I have yet to let this spider go since I'm not sure if its venom is poisonous or not. Although after 3 days my cat seems fine and I was unable to find a bite site on her rump. I want to be sure since they seem to be living in my apartment. I live in Atlanta, Ga.USA. Thank you so much for your help, Also I don't mind if you want to use photos on your website.  Rebecca

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Another Reply: Hi Glen, I was looking at this page and the query dated 6th June 2008 for Jerry & Deb in Merimbula NSW. I believe that this is a male funnel web spider (male) - even though the image is exceptionally bad, one can make out that the Cephalothorax is heavily armoured, as are the legs. The spinnerets look roughly right, and from what I can see of the eye arrangement, it also looks right. Note the smallish abdomen, and the dullish colour, whilst the Cephalothorax is glossy - typical funnel web. They haven't given a size, so it's hard to be totally accurate, but the plate that it's resting on is probably a good indication of size. It's too large to be a mouse spider, and trapdoors are generally matte all over, i.e. without the shiny Cephalothorax or heavy armour plating on the legs. Did they get anymore images of this spider? Either way, It's definitely a Mygalomorph. I'm more a photographer than a biologist, but I'm generally good enough to ID most spiders in the field, and sex them. Feel free to check my website out: http://www.macro-images.com/ Note: I shoot both Insects & Arachnids, as well as a few other genres ;-) Cheers, Dave

Reply: It could be a funnel web or it could be one of the other myglamorphs that look similar like a trapdoor spider.

6 June, 2008:
Glen, Please could you confirm our suspicion that this is a Funnel Web Spider, we saw it walking across our carpet (6/6/08) in the TV room of our Merimbula, NSW home. Being originally from northern beaches in Sydney I have seen a larger version in that area. We have kept the specimen in a jar but do not know where to have it identified and when we saw your web site we hoped that you may advise us re same. Thanks, Jerry & Deb

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Reply: It's  a bit hard to tell from this photo, it could be a woodlouse hunter which has the reddish legs like this one.

6 June, 2008:
Do you have any idea what this spider may be? I have found around 10 them in and around my home over the last 2 weeks. They will run at you if you try to scare them the other way. Scary! Preston

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6 June, 2008:
Anyway you can tell me what this spider is? I live just south of Chicago in an apartment and I found it in my daughters' room. It really creeps me out to know one this big was in their room. I included a blurry picture next to a quarter just so you can see the size of it. Thanks Sincerely, Lisa

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6 June, 2008:
Glen - I found this spider in my house in Guatemala, Lake Atitlan. Any idea what it is? I haven't been able to find any info on the 'net about it. Thanks in advance for your help! -- Tony

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Reply: Male Latrodectus hesperus. kevin L.

6 June, 2008:

Hi Mr. Glen, Could you please tell me what kind of spider this is? Hubby found it on the side of our house in San Jose, California. Thanks! Debra
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5 June, 2008:

I live in Iowa and have gotten into the habit of taking pictures of interesting looking spiders with the hopes of being able to identify them at some point. I am sending you two of these pictures. Can you tell me what they are? The first picture (large brown spider) was taken while camping in mid-eastern Iowa. The spider had crawled between the tent and the rain fly.  I am more than willing to share these photos with anyone who would like to use them. Thank you for any information you are able to provide me. Jodi
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Reply: These are young garden orb weavers.
10 May, 2008:

Hi Glen, Second time in a few days. Thought you might like this one. Cheers, Eddie
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Reply: The male Southern House Spider looks very similar to the brown recluse.
10 May, 2008:

Hi Glen, Love your website! I couldn't get close enough to see his eyes but his body looks like a recluse maybe? If so, I turned him loose outside and now I'm worried he'll come back... In everything I've read the chances of finding a recluse in northern calif are pretty slim and I hope that he's something else...have my hands full staying out of the black widow's way! Could you give him a quick look and give me your opinion? I live about 50 miles north of san francisco about 20 minutes from the coast in a wooded area... thanks, Sue
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Reply: Steatoda sp. most likely S. borealis. Kevin L.

10 May, 2008:

Help please! i'm terrified of spiders and i keep on finding this type around my room. The one in the picture i sent was found crunched up on the floor after it got squished by a bag of mine. I'm worried it might be poisonous or aggressive. If you could respond to me as soon as possible it would be very helpful. p.s most of the pictures are of the spider on its back. The lining of the stomach is brown with black spots. While the back of the spider is black with what looks like small dents.
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10 May, 2008:

Hi Glen -- Could you tell me what kind of spider this is? I found him in the house and put him on a white piece of paper to photograph, then promptly put him outside. Thanks so much! Lisa
 


 

 

 
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Reply: It is  one of the araneus family of orb weavers - a star bellied orb weaver.

10 May, 2008:

This one resembled a Wolf spider, except for the lumps/spines on it. Is it? We have been seeing several Wolf spiders around lately. North Alabama.
Thanks! Matt


 

 

 
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Reply: This is a false widow spider. People often mistake these with real widows and its ready to tell because of the hole looking spots on its abdomen.  Asa

10 May, 2008:
I found this spider in my back yard. At first I thought it was a black widow, but as the spider came out from the dark it's back was completely red. I have never heard of a full red back widow, but your the expert...Let me know Thanks
 

 

 
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Reply: It has the same sort of fangs as the yellow sac spiders on that page.

10 May, 2008:

I found this spider crawling on me, i was able to get it off me and onto a stick with some help from friends haha,

 
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Reply: This is is an ant mimicking spider. They use their first pair of legs to resemble an ants antennae to blend in with the rest of the colony.   Asa

10 May, 2008:

I photographed this spider in November 2007. It had me fooled for some time that it was an ant, but as I breathed on it, it kept repelling down the wall with a nearly invisible silk. After taking a couple of macro pictures, I could see that the ant's antennae were front legs, and the mandibles were pedipalps. Pretty cool though, not sure if you've come across this.

 

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4 May, 2008:
Hi Glen, I photographed this the other night, along with a big Nursery Web Spider. It was in the same area as the Orb Weavers and Nursery Web Spider. Feel free to use the photos.
--Damy

Click for a larger view. 

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30 April, 2008

Hi Glen, I am not sure, but I think this may have been a Yellow Sac Spider hiding from the midday sun on the underside of my four-leaved clover in the kitchen window. I know they are harmful, but I didn't kill him. It wouldn't do any good anyway, as I see this exact kind of spider a lot every summer. I see them in the kitchen a lot, moving carefully across the counter or dish drainer, and sometimes up the curtains. No one's been bitten, so I'll wait to declare war on them for now. Feel free to use the pictures. --Damy
Click for a larger view.

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Reply: Could be an ant mimicking spider
30 April, 2008:
Hi Glen, I really don't know what kind of spider this is that scurried across the carport the other day. He stopped long enough for me to take a few pictures. I hope you or someone can ID this spider for me. The closest thing I can find is a Sac spider, but it doesn't look exactly the same. Feel free to use any pics I send. --Damy

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