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Spider Photos 2009 (2)

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

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Reply: I can't see it well enough to tell what it is sorry - glen

29 June, 2009:
Hello Glen! Just found your site, its great! I walked out on our front patio a couple nights ago, and found this LARGE spider. The spiders body appeared to be around two inches long, and with it's legs, was twice that. It moved VERY fast, and from the pics I've seen online, I think it's a Wolf spider. It was big enough that I theorized that it had been eating small rodents (although we have plenty of bugs on our acrege)... is that possible for a large spider? We live in central Iowa, USA. Thanks in advance for the help, and thanks for your great site! Larry W

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Reply: The web looks like that of the southern house spider but it's a bit hard to be sure from this view.
29 June, 2009:
Glen, I'll keep looking through your site to see if I can find this one. Sorry for the hind view. It kept turning from me and I didn't want to get to close. It was approximately 1 1/4" long. The belly was around 5/8" long by 3/8" wide or so. I saw a couple others that looked similar in your pics of unidentified spiders. If you have a clue, I would love to know. We live in Bend, Oregon (kind of high desert, but technically not quite). Thanks! Audrey

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Reply: No it's not a fishing spider - glen

19 June, 2009:
TGreetings: I took the attached photo yesterday while walking in Rangeline Reserve in Anderson, Indiana. Is it a type of fishing spider, or something else? The colors were more brilliant than the photos of fishing spiders you have posted, but the body build seemed similar. Just curious... :-) Thanks, Jane

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Reply: The pattern is like a wolf spider but the body shape more like a jumping spider - glen

13 June, 2009:
This guy has been hanging out in my office for two days now. Any idea what it is and if it is dangerous? By the way, I am in Alabama if that makes a difference. I also have a few more pics if you need to see one. Thanks, Tracey

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Reply: You don't have hobo spiders where you live but that's this one looked like to me, so I'm really not sure what it is - glen

13 June, 2009:
While i was down in my barn the other night i found this spider. I Have no clue what it could be. It was about an inch in a half long. I was suprised that it was even out... since it was a chilly night where i live. Im not sure if it even helps but for identification i live in the eastern half of the US in pennsylvania..... Thank you

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9 June, 2009:
Found your site while trying to identify this spider we found in our garage. We're in Indiana. Let me know if you have any ideas! Would love to know what it is! j e s s i c a

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Reply: The eye pattern is not correct for a wolf spider as this spider only has 6 eyes that I can see and wolf spiders have 8, - 2, 2 and 4.

9 June, 2009:
Iím pretty sure that this is a Wolf Spider, but Iím still not one-hundred percent sure. The leg-span (which looks pretty hard to measure with the photos) was roughly six to seven inches, although I had no ruler at the time. I live in Tucson, Arizona, if that provides any help identifying it. At least I think this was a pretty photogenic spider, though. I originally took these for artistic purposes, but after doing some research I was unsure of the species. The little dots of color are of paint, we were painting a few rooms that weekend. I have no problem with any of these being posted on your Web site. -- William

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Reply: This is Eresus cinnaberinus, the ladybird spider and is quite rare. More info here  - glen
3 June, 2009:

I found your email address on the Spiderzrule website and wondered if you could help me. I live on mainland Greece and this year I seem to keep coming across this spider (picture attached) and have tried to look it up on the internet but I cant find it (I must point out that my internet skills are just about zero!!) - I actually am totally freaked out by spiders anyway but am very interested to know exactly what this is and if it's poisonous to humans and cats (I have an inquisitive kitten). I really would appreciate any info that you can give me - I work here with tourists so it'd be good to know as I've already had a couple of people who've seen one. Thanks, Amanda McInnes

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3 June, 2009:
Hello, I found your website after spending a lot of time searching the internet trying to identify this spider. I went camping in Stafford Virginia (between Fredericksburg VA and Washington DC) and when I returned home and unrolled my tent to set it up to dry this guy was caught hitching a ride. Can you please help me identify it? I'm keeping it alive feeding it insects that I catch... it's really fun to watch him catch his prey! Thanks! -- Steve

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3 June, 2009:

I keep seeing this spider around what is it called?

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3 June, 2009:

I got 2 pics of spiders 1 is a blackish one and one is babies i was wandering what the black one is and what the baby spiders will grow into. thanks

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3 June, 2009:

Hi i found this spider behind my house i live in Washington and I don't really know what it is so please tell me what it is called. Its black and on the biggest part little brown lines or dots and 2 parallel lines of black on the front part. Here is a few pics of it.

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Reply: Not sure what this one is, maybe a burrowing wolf spider, eye pattern looks like that of a wolf spider - glen
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May, 2009:
I live in the Adirondack Mts. in upstate NY. & this is the biggest spider I have ever seen.... Do you know what it is??? Thank you for your time, Fred

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Reply: I'm not sure what this one is, it could be a male southern house spider. Funnel weavers have stripes.
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May, 2009:

Hi Glen. I've been a frequent visitor to your site to ID spiders I find, but living in Western Pennsylvania, I've never found one that proves to be considered "very dangerous" to humans before. Until a few days ago... the picture was taken on a shutter next to the front door of my house. He's about 2 to 2.5 inches across including the legs. I've spent an enormous amount of time researching what he could be because your site has some conflicting info with other sources on the web. One site claimed that some of the Tegenaris species could inter-breed so I think that's what I've got here, but of course, no way to be sure. Maybe T agrestis or T gigantea or some hybrid?? Any ideas would be helpful. If it is hobo, what the hell is he doing in western PA?!?! Thanks for your time, Chris B

Hi Glen,
Thanks for your quick response. I actually saw the Terminix guy down the street earlier and took it down to show him. He said it definitely wasn't a Hobo because exterminators are all trained to recognize Hobos, Recluses, Widows and Yellow Sacs easily because of their danger. He also said it was probably some type of wandering spider, maybe a funnel-web. Thanks again. -Chris
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19 May, 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: Your spider looks sort of like a wolf spider but they don't make webs like this - glen
18 May, 2009:

hi glen, you helped me identify a huntsman spider last year, and i thought of you when i saw this guy.

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Reply: Spiders that make webs like this are the Southern House Spider and Black House Spider but neither have the markings that your has - glen

12 May, 2009:
Glen- Great website. I can't find any pictures that are satisfying my need to know what this spider is. I am no expert, but I do want to know if I should name this spider and welcome it to my family, or end its life so that it doesn't eat my toddler. (Kind of kidding) Attached are pictures that might be helpful. This spider is in the West-facing garage window well of our Portland, Oregon home. (S)he has obviously been fattening up there for quite awhile... Any info you can offer would be welcomed. Thanks. -Courtney

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Reply: This has unusual markings that I'm not familiar with - glen

4 May, 2009:

I live in central MN, am finding these in my basement, they are FAST. About the size of a dime, or one half inch total. do you know what type/kind of spider this is? thank you Laurie

 

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Reply: Unfortunately the photo is not clear enough for an ID - glen

4 May, 2009:

Sorry about that ok.. I found this spider in my basement the other day. My mother (I'm 15) told me to check online to see if he/she was poisonous. I have a 'slight' case of arachniphobia so i wouldn't get closer though. Please let me know what type of spider it is and whether or not its harmful to humans. Thanks, Vince

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2 May, 2009:
What is this Bornean spider?  ext to sunglasses for size comparison- Katarina

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Reply: The large ends on the pedipals are indicative of the tegenaria species which includes the hobo spiders which can be dangerous.

23 April, 2009:

Sorry about that ok.. I found this spider in my basement the other day. My mother (I'm 15) told me to check online to see if he/she was poisonous. I have a 'slight' case of arachniphobia so i wouldn't get closer though. Please let me know what type of spider it is and whether or not its harmful to humans. Thanks, Vince

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Reply: The green specimen (similar to goldenrod) looks like an Araniella species (in Uk would prob be A. cucurbitina). Carl (UK)

9 April, 2009:
Hi, I came across your site after trying to find out what kind of spider I have taken a photograph of. My professor told me it is most likely a lynx spider however I cannot find any spiders that like it. I think it might not be fully grown, think you can ID it for me? I found it on my car in Northwest Florida, USA near the Alabama state border. Thank you, -IH

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Reply: The smaller one is a steadota, a common house spider and the other is some sort of myglamorph - maybe a trapdoor spider. The steadota seems to be attacking the trapdoor with a view to making a meal of it!! Steadota do that to other spiders!!

9 April, 2009:

Hi We have just returned from a trip to Adelaide (SA), one morning we woke up to find these two pesky critters in our living room they seem to be having a disagreement, do you have any idea of the type of spider that they are, it would be great to know..... Thanks.... Best regards / Med venlig hilsen Keith

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Reply: The specimen posted by Sarah 4th April, you thought may be a grass spider or wolf spider looks like a Scotophaeus species. We have a species in the UK found inside houses S. blackwalli (named after John Blackwall, who wrote and published a spider guide in the 1850's and lived in the Conwy valley about 10 miles from where I live). - Carl

4 April, 2009:

Help! These are in my house...what kind of spider is this? I live in Buffalo, NY in case that helps narrow it down. -- Sarah

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Reply: Polish special group arachnea.org wrote me so the first photo 1mm2.jpg - is Keijia tincta and second photo "3 Enoplognatha ovata.jpg" is Mangora acalypha.- Michael

4 April, 2009:
 
Hi! I have a question about two spiders. I'm from Poland and I doesn't know what kind of spiders is it. In Poland spider photo-list I don't find it. First spider size is about 1mm - I find him on my jacket. Second maybe 2cm. If You know something about this spiders write to me. Bless You Michael

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Reply: This is another example of a photo that is too hard to ID sorry. However I don't think its one you need to worry about as I can see what it's not! - glen

29 March, 2009: 

Glen,  I finally encountered this spider when he was standing still, I was dressed, and the batteries in the camera were charged. Of course he started to run as soon as I tried to take a picture and the attached was the best I got before, well, he had to go away before I lost him. I just need to know if this is one that I need to worry about. It's dark brown, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch, plays dead for a long time when molested, fast runner always toward something dark, lives in north Texas. I appreciate your help. If this picture isn't good enough, I'll try again another day. Thanks!

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Reply: While this is a nice shot of a spider it is not good enough to be able to see any details to ID it, sorry! - glen

29 March, 2009: 

um hi i love spiders and your website but what kind of spid[]er is this[][]

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Reply: It looks like some sort of garden orb weaver but I'm not real familiar with spiders in your part of the world sorry - glen

29 March, 2009: 

Greetings Glen. I live in Honduras, Central America and I found the spider in the attached file on a plant in my yard, I actually found two of these on different days, same plant. One was as large as a Black Widow, the other was a bit smaller. Both were the same colour, a mellow yellow with a distinctive skull-like marking on the top of the abdomen. I've searched the net for info on these spiders and have found none...I know the pic isn't really that good but I believe the spider is visible. I'd be thankful for any info on this critter. Regards, Rosela

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Reply: It could be a trapdoor spider but I'm not sure - glen

24 March, 2009: 

Hello, I found this spider in my garden, do you know what type/family it is? I live in northern California, Berkeley hills. Thank you Regards Sylvain

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Reply: No I think this is your African version of our redback or the US black widow. I think you call them button spiders? Be careful as they have a nasty bite!! They also like living in places like yours are as well as under the rims of garden pots and chairs etc There is a black and brown button spider as well as a false button spider (which isn't dangerous) so I'm not sure which yours is as I don't have any good pics. - glen

19 March, 2009: 

Hi Glen
 Great website- I have attached a picture of a spider that I think is some kind of Orb Weaver according to your site. Is this right? There is a pair of them and they seem quite happy in the folds of our outdoor umbrella, Laurence

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Reply: Not sure on this one, it could be a male nursery web spider but not sure - glen

9 March, 2009: 

I've got two spiders living in my house. Can you please help to identify them for me? I live in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Hope you can help. Kind regards


 

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Reply: Looks like some sort of crab spider but I'm not sure - glen

9 March, 2009:
Hello I went bush walking in south Victoria Australia and found this little spider. Its tiny, only about 5mm body length. We have tried to identify it with no success, could you please help me ? Thanx a lot Aina

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Reply: Amazingly, it turns out to be the nest of the bag moth (procession caterpillar. Feel a bit silly but it certainly looked like a spider web.


3 March, 2009:
Can you identify this web? I've never seen anything like it.

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Reply: 3 of these photos could be some sort of tegenaria. As you live in NY they would probably not be hobo spiders but perhaps a giant house spider - tegenaria gigantea. The first one looks like a yellow sac spider. glen
17 January, 2009:
i have a feeling these are all wolf spiders besides one. the first two pictures were taken in my kitchen in the middle of night. dark brown to black with bands of darker color going down the body. the second from the bottom was yellowish and hanging out on my bathroom wall. not sure what kind that is. and the last one was found in my friends room a long time ago in a corner. about the size of a nickel. i really thought you'd just appreciate the pictures of the wolf spider with her babies, and would love to see

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Reply: It could be a brown widow but it's a bit hard to tell from the photo. glen

17 January, 2009:
This morning I went outside to play with my daughter in the backyard and went to sit down on the concrete and saw another one- any idea on what it is? recluse or another? If you decide to post this to the website can you let me know so I can check back on responses you get?? thanks!! Jennifer

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Reply: Looks like some sort of jumping spider to me. glen
17 January, 2009:
Hi, I am hoping you can help identify the following spider - suburban Melb (SE suburbs). Have seen a few lately. The front seems to be like an attacking mechanism - the back has a orange/red stripe on it. Six of the legs seem reddish and the other front two are very black. Is it a baby redback perhaps and if so, how dangerous? Thanks in advance. Cheers, Raj

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Reply: Wasps are natural predators of spiders, they sting them and take them to their nests to eat them or as food for their young. The spider could be a wolf or huntsman I can't get a good enough look at it in the picture to be sure. Your spider could be an orange spider wasp which captures huntsman spiders (so your spider could be a huntsman perhaps) and is bigger than the orange potter wasps: http://www.austmus.gov.au/factSheets/spider_wasps.htm. It also looks similar to the orange potter wasp but they aren't that big! The photo here is a pretty good match for markings. http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_wasps/PotterWasp2.htm so I'm not really sure about the wasp either.
7 January, 2009:
Dear Glen, We saw this wasp in Mutjawindji NP (NSW). I don't think it is a potter (it was about 6-7 cm long)? It was dragging the dead spider to its nest. We were wondering if the wasp killed the spider or did he find it already dead? Could you tell what spider this is? (and wasp?) Thanks Yvonne (Holland)

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Reply: This is a pseudoscorpion. glen
7 January, 2009:
hi, you have a great site, i was wondering if you could help me id this tiny (less than 1/4 inch) spider with crab-like claws? i don't even know if it is a spider, but i counted eight legs, it scared the beegeezuz out of me so the picture is not great but i wanted to get it outside ASAP because i didn't want my cat to eat it, unfortunately it's winter here in northeast pa, so i may have inadvertently killed him by doing so, if it was in fact an inside spider :( never saw one like this before but have only lived here for four months, have seen many other strange spiders here, but not inside my house! thank you for your time sir and any help you can give! T.L.

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3 January, 2009:
Hi, I hope you can help identify this spider. I found this little fella (see attached photo) walking on the wall in my bedroom this past spring. It is about half and inch in length with the legs extended. The photo doesn't do it justice as the abdomen looks like a shiny bead of copper when viewed with the naked eye. I found a second one later on, but none after that. Since then I have been searching to find out what the heck this little guy is with no luck. Perhaps this is an immature spider that looks different as an adult? Please help as no one seems to be able to identify it. Thanks, Joe Hunter Charlotte, NC

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Reply: While the web looks like a funnel, I can't see the tell tale stripe on its cephalothorax to be sure- glen

2 January, 2009
Thanks. I think this is funnel weavers spider. I am sending another photograph of that spider.  

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Reply: I can't see it well enough to ID it sorry. Funnel weavers live in funnels like this. glen
1 January, 2009:
I am vyankatesh Mujumdar. Please tell me which spider is this. This spider mostly found on grounds lavel.

Vyankatesh
Info-spectrum,Nagpur.
 

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Reply: Yes I believe it's a bird dropping spider - glen

1 January, 2009
Hello Glen, Iíve been most interested to see all the spiders on your website. We found a nest hanging in a Peppercorn tree recently (in northern NSW), and Iím wonder if it is the bird dropping spider. What do you think? Kathy

 

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Reply: It's a bit hard to tell from the photos. Not all spiders die out over winter, this could be a wolf spider or other similar spider which doesn't but I'd need a better photo to be able to ID it.- glen

1 January, 2009
My friend took these pictures of this spider in the snow, we live in southern Wisconsin. Don't they go into "suspended animation" in the winter?? This is for real, has anyone else seen a spider on the snow. My friend saw what he thought was a leaf and looked closer , this spider was truckin on the snow. Didn't know spiders could survive in wisconsin winters. Anyone know what kind it is?  

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