Identified Spiders

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  1. Pinky finger tip sized, pattern similar to spitting spider but body shaped like false widow. Spider appears almost black without flash from camera revealing the pattern.

    1. Hello Robin,
      Thanks for reaching out. Do you also have a dorsal shot of the spider? It’s hard to make out the patterns on the back of the spider. At first glance and given the size, this might be some type of Lyniiphidae spider. It could be a Sheetweb Spider (Drapetisca alteranda). Check out the pictures and information on this site for your reference:
      http://www.cirrusimage.com/spider_Sheetweb_D_alteranda.htm

    1. Hello Sandy, thanks for getting in touch! This is most likely a garden ghost spider (Hibana gracilis).

  2. This spider was crawling on my bed in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. I took it outside where I got this quick photo. I hope it is enough to identify it. I’ve never seen anything like it. I hope it is a friendly one!

    1. Hi Mandy, thanks for getting in touch! This is a garden ghost spider (Hibana gracilis). It’s a friendly one 🙂 you or your pets don’t have to fear it. Its bite is no worse than a bee sting and its usually not aggressive.
      We don’t have an overview about this species here yet, but you can find more photos here on bugguide: https://bugguide.net/node/view/240115

  3. Medium sized black/brown spider with tan? Markings on abdomen. Has spinners and is hairy. Found indoors in a basement in Western Massachusetts, USA. Photos taken in a small terrarium used to contain it until identification (it seems to have started to spin a small white spot on the head of the rubber duck, and I believe it has interest in the gnats living in my moss. No signs of aggression or attempts to jump/climb out. I think it may be a black lace weaver but am unsure.

    1. Hello Hannah, this is some type of ground spider (Gnaphosidae sp.) but I can’t say for certain what species. It might be of the genus Scotophaeus but I can’t say for certain.

  4. Found black spider crawling across kitchen floor . Body was about one inch long. Body and legs about 1.5 inches long. Northern Virginia.

    1. Hello Sam, thanks for getting in touch! I can’t say for certain what species this is. It’s definitely not one of the medically significant spiders found in the U.S. I think this is some type of ground spider (Gnaphosidae).

  5. Hi! I found this little spider dead on the floor of my office in Hibbing MN. It’s about .5” long. It’s very hairy and solid black. Reminds me of a little tarantula.

    1. Hello Jennifer, thanks for uploading these pictures. I can’t say anything for certain, but this looks more like the molt of a spider than an actual dead spider. The abdomen seems to be missing almost completely. The shape and appearance of the cephalothorax suggests that this might be some type of trapdoor spider: https://usaspiders.com/ummidia-trap-door-spider/

  6. Find these guys on my walls or ceilings, usually up pretty high. Sometimes I find dead ones that my cats may have bullied to death. Leg span is roughly 4 or 5 inches. Don’t think they are poisonous but curious what these spider friends are all about.

    1. Hello MK, thanks for getting in touch! This is some type of huntsman spider. It is most likely a Heteropoda venatoria, assuming it was found somewhere in the Gulf States or California.

  7. Sorry, it’s a little blurry on account if all the screaming shaking the camera. Found in southern CA, about an inch long including legs.

  8. This spider sat on our tarp in a grassy area next to the woods. There were several large spiders but none like this one.

    1. Hello Eric, thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, I can’t seem to locate the spider itself on the picture. The orb web clearly indicates that it was built by an orb weaving spider (Aranidae). The missing sector on the left bottom could indicate that you are looking at a missing-sector orb weaver – but that is simply speculation, the web might still be under construction.
      Here is an overview of the most common orb weavers in the U.S.: https://usaspiders.com/orb-weaver/
      Here is a link to our detail page of the missing-sector orb weaver: https://usaspiders.com/missing-sector-orb-weaver-zygiella-x-notata/

  9. Very small spider, found it at my job here in Central Wisconsin. Probably the size of the nail on my ring finger. To the human eye it’s very black with a single red line on it’s back on the cepholothorax. Up close you can kinda see it’s more brown than red and extends to the legs.

  10. Can you identify this spider? The seek app was unable to and so was your identifier.
    It was very small and moved like a jumping spider.

    1. Hello Kim, this is probably some type of huntsman spider (family Sparassidae). They are not medically significant and generally not aggressive.

    1. Hello Hannalie, thanks for getting in touch! It’s hard to make out the details of the spider’s body on the photo. There are a couple of spiders in the U.S. with a black body and red legs (none of them are medically significant). My best guess would be that this is a red-legged purseweb spider (Sphodros rufipes): https://bugguide.net/node/view/140108
      Let me know if your spider did not look like this one.

  11. Found at a city park in southern Wisconsin on a railing over a small creek—lots of tall grasses and trees. The long forearms are surprising but it doesn’t appear to be a pseudoscorpion.

    1. Hello Gina, thanks for getting in touch! What a great find! You are right, this is not a pseudoscorpion – it’s a jumping spider. More specifically, a white-jawed jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hentzia_mitrata
      We don’t have a detail page for this spider yet but we will create one now that we have an image. Thank you!

  12. Found this outside on the back porch behind a planter. Was about 1” body length at least. Not hairy. Black body and reddish legs. Found in Poulsbo, Washington.

  13. Found crawling in my hope, probably 1 cm long total. It might be hard to tell from the photo (sorry, it was moving a lot and my camera isn’t great) but some of the legs had really clear color banding. The main body was brownish and the abdomen had black and white stripes in what looked like complete bands. I think that thing on the end of its abdomen was spinnerets? North Richland Hills, Texas 2 AM.

  14. was cleaning the side of my unit…this was in one of the crawl space vents. My unit is next to a greenbelt area on the Tacoma-Puyallup border in Washington State.

    1. Hello Leslie, thanks for getting in touch! This is a ground spider (family: Gnaphosidae). Probably of the genus Zelotes. It is not medically significant.

  15. Little bitty guy, talking pinky nail if sprawled out. Not seen one of these before. We’re in Indiana, USA.

    He’s very front heavy looking, very hairy legs too. Super skittish, released him quickly outside as he seemed scared.

  16. This spider was on my outside wall 2 nights in a row. Only saw it at night. Last sighting it was sticking out of a vent like it was going inside as the sun came up. It stays still for very long periods of time. I estimate it’s size, (based on spider size compared to the bricks):
    body length: ~1.15″
    w legs: ~2.9″
    Tim
    Livonia, MI
    (last photo)

  17. Fat yellow body with tiny black spots. Transparent legs. Found on fence post on the South Shore of Lake Superior in Michigan at Little Girls Point.

  18. Found in house (bathroom) in Minnesota. I believe the body was less than 1 cm. Dark brown/black body with a cream/gray stripe on its abdomen. Legs are dark brown/black and brown/reddish brown striped. Didn’t look hairy and I didn’t see any visible spinnerets.
    I have a few more photos if it helps ID him. Thanks!

  19. Just found this spider in my bed in western North Carolina (under the covers). Sheets changed 2 days earlier before leaving town for 2 days. Tried to gently pick it up with tissue and take it outside. It was about dime size(including legs).

    1. Hello Dianne, thanks for getting in touch! This is some type of hacklemesh weaver of the family Amaurobiidae. Most likely Callobius sp. It’s not medically significant.

    1. Hello Brent, thanks for uploading this interesting find! This is a noble false widow, Steatoda nobilis. It was originally native to the Canary Islands and Madeira but has been introduced to California via the UK, where the spider has established large populations. The spider is a close relative of the black widow but it is not considered medically significant (however, it can deliver a painful bite). You can find some more pictures and information here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/697702

  20. Found this tiny guy in my porch. Central MN. He was making a web I couldn’t see. About the size of an ant. Orangish red body with a black spot on its butt and black legs.

    1. Hello Elizabeth, thanks for getting in touch! This is a tough one 🙂 I’m fairly certain that this is some type of cobweb spider of the family Theridiidae – it’s definitely not a medically significant spiders. There are numerous spiders in that family in the U.S. but I assume this could be of the genus Thymoites: https://bugguide.net/node/view/49091

  21. This handsome guy/girl was found in Thompson Falls, Montana. It (body and legs) was a bit larger than the size of a quarter. I could not find a match on your site.

    1. Hello Angelo, thanks for reaching out! This is a male orb weaver of the family Aranidae. The picture is a bit dark, so it is difficult to determine the exact species. It’s not medically significant.

  22. Couldn’t seem to find a match… this was on our fan palm tree with a body about the size of a nickel or maybe even a quarter.

    1. Hello Matt, thanks for getting in touch! Would you mind sharing where you found this spider?
      It’s definitely a male orb weaver, which are not medically significant. The exact species level identification is tough, but it could be Araneus saevus: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1906067

  23. Found this on my window in Coral Springs, FL and there was another one, the same shape just much smaller and more yellow in color.

  24. Fairly small spider with gray body, reddish/brown bands, and black head with white mark.
    San Antonio, TX

  25. Found in central Texas. Its a jumping spider but the markings don’t match any results I’ve found

    1. Hello G, thanks for reaching out. This is definitely a jumping spider. Most likely, a spider of the genus Marpissa (either Marpissa formosa or Marpissa bina). It’s not medically significant.

  26. This tiny spider was sitting on my car door this morning. I was parked under a tree in a state park near Madison, Wisconsin (7/18/211.) The grainy-looking background is the fancy paint job on the car.

    1. Hello EK, thanks for getting in touch and for uploading this great shot! This is a long-jawed orb weaver of the genus Tetragnatha. It’s not a medically significant spider.

  27. This spider was in my garden in Central New Jersey. It was stalking its prey on a long wild rose vine. You can see the prey in the picture. Please tell me what it is. Thanks!

    1. That is a spotted lantern fly in the late nymph stage. Highly invasive kill it and call NJ DEP immediately.

  28. Hello – this was found by the bottom of my fence in northern NJ. I’m not near a body of water. It’s body was well over an inch long. I couldn’t tell if it was hairy or not. I have never seen a spider this size in NJ before. Any ideas?

  29. Crawling on my arm the other day in Sherman (north) Texas. Near the pool. About the size of a dime in total.

    1. Hello Jennifer, thanks for getting in touch! Interesting find! This looks like a male Metacyrba floridiana jumping spider – it’s not a very common spider so it doesn’t have a cool common name to go with. It’s not medically significant. Here are some other pictures and confirmation that this species occurs in North Carolina: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1562095/bgpage

  30. Found this guy crawling across the floor in my basement in Western Massachusetts. His body may have been 0.5”+. No web.

    1. Hello Jennifer, I am not really sure on the ID of this spider. I’ve asked around and was told it might be a female cave orb weaver (Meta ovalis) but I am not really sure about that. It might also be some type of cobweb spider (Theridiidae). Let us know if you get another look at this spider or its web. More pictures would definitely help to get a positive ID on this girl. It’s definitely not a medically significant spider.

  31. I live in New Jersey Just south of Trenton, we found this this afternoon on one of our curtains. The curtain is brown itself and the only reason we saw it was because of the white spots on its abdomen. I took a much cleaner front shot but figured this angle showed the markings more. I can upload the others if needed, thank you!

    1. Hello John, thanks for getting in touch! I have an idea of what it might be but it would be great if you could also upload the front shot. Thanks!

  32. Odd spider found in Perdenales Falls State Park near Johnson City, TX. About two inches across. Black body with a single white spot, long legs that transition from white to brown to black, and the front legs have an extra white band.

  33. Found on a hike at Round Lakes, near Park Falls, Wisconsin. Thorax and head are at least an inch long, attempts to use finger/hand for scale dissuaded by aggressive response.

  34. Found on a hike at Round Lakes, near Park Falls, Wisconsin. Thorax and head are at least an inch long, attempts to use finger/hand for scale dissuaded by aggressive response. (2/2)

    1. Hello Alden, thanks for getting in touch! This is a female Araneus saevus, one of the orb weaver spiders. It’s not medically significant.

  35. Found inside a home in the Beverly Hills CA area. First picture includes the wall sconce it was resting near to give you a rough idea of scale. My estimate is around 3-1/2 inches from forelegs to hindlegs. The second picture is the largest view of it I could capture. Thanks!

    1. Hi David, thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, it’s not really possible to see any details of the spider on the picture. The posture and size of the spider looks a lot like a wolf spider: https://usaspiders.com/lycosidae-wolf-spider/
      It’s definitely not one of the medically significant spiders that occur in the U.S.

  36. Sorry – only the second image came through. I’m not sure the first one will help that much with identification, but I’m sending it with this message anyway.

  37. Found in Charleston, South Carolina. There is also a smaller, similar shaped spider on the same plant, so I believe male and female with an egg sac?

    1. Hello Heidi, thanks for getting in touch. I am fairly confident that this is not a black widow. It’s hard to make out the details on the picture, but the overall body color of the spider seems to be brown rather than black. Black widows are dark black, sometimes with white and red markings.
      This is very likely some type of cobweb spider of the genus Steatoda. They are close relatives of black widows but not medically significant. A similar body shape but brown or purple body colors are usually indicative of Steatoda spiders. The resolution of the image is not good enough to make a suggestion on a species level. Here is an overview of our Steatoda articles: https://usaspiders.com/theridiidae/steatoda/

    1. Hello Katie, thanks for getting in touch. This is not a spider, it’s a Dermaptera, commonly called earwig. They are not venomous or harmful in any way.

  38. We have had black widows here in our area, but this guy just walked through my living room. Very small and no markings. Just a deep black.

    1. Hello Ely, thanks for getting in touch! Could you please share your location to help with the identification? Was the spider entirely black or did it have some lighter markings? The shape doesn’t look like a black widow, it reminds me of a spitting spider: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Scytodes-globula-displaying-approach-and-contact-leg-see-Table-1-with-the_fig1_262090870
      It could also be some other ant mimic spider – the location would help to narrow the options down.

  39. Found in the dirt at a job I was working at in central Washington state. It seemd to want to burrow underground.

    1. Hello Blaine, thanks for getting in touch! What a great find and picture! This is a female trapdoor spider. They spend almost their entire life buried underground and are rarely seen. They are not medically significant.
      There is a wide range of similar-looking trapdoor species but it could be a spider of the genus Antrodiaetus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antrodiaetus

  40. Found on our front porch chowing down on something. Mojave Desert of Southern California. Much smaller then looks in this picture.

    1. Hi Erin, thanks for getting in touch. Since none of the characteristic features like abdomen or cephalothorax are visible on the picture, an identification is tough. My best guess given the long spikes on the legs is that this is a lynx spider. Did the spider look anything like this: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1991860/bgimage

      1. Was a difficult spot to get a good photo. After looking at the link that you sent, I would be inclined to agree. Thank you for you help!.

    1. Hi Daniel, thanks for reaching out! This is the nymph of a spotted lanternfly – it’s an invasive species and a massive issue for local flora. Even though we generally don’t advertise the killing of animals, even venomous spiders, this animal should be killed if you get the chance. They are not venomous or dangerous in any way.
      Also, please report this find to the wildlife department in your state.
      Here is some more information: https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/fact-sheets/spotted-lanternfly

  41. Can you tell me what type of spider this is? It is exclusively found in my basement bathroom; I’ve not yet seen them any other place in my house. I live in Northeast Washington State.

    1. Hello Kim, this is some male funnel-weaving spider of the family Agelenidae. It might be a barn funnel weaver (Tegenaria domestica) or possibly also a grass spider (Agelenopsis sp.). It’s not a medically significant spider.

  42. Oakesdale, WA. Picture taken outdoors, up close with a flash at nighttime. Scurried across my front porch; I took the pic where it briefly stopped, and then it hunkered down at the base of a plant just beyond the porch where I left it alone. I am thinking trapdoor spider based on the info on this site, but the hairy legs seemed a bit different. It was on the large side, which is why it caught my attention. About the size of a 50-cent piece with its legs out like this.

    1. Hello Kandace, thanks for getting in touch! It’s a bit hard to identify the details and eye pattern ofthe spider so I can’t give an ID with certainty. My best guess is that this is some male funnel-weaving spider of the family Agelenidae. It might be a barn funnel weaver (Tegenaria domestica) or possibly also a grass spider (Agelenopsis sp.). It may even be some type of wolf spider. It’s definitely not a medically significant spider.

    1. Hello Emily, thanks for getting in touch! This is probably a Chilean tiger spider (Sytodes globula). A type of spitting spider that has been introduced to the Southeastern U.S. from South America. It’s not a medically significant spider. This one seems to have been through some struggles as it is missing two legs.
      https://bugguide.net/node/view/1921303
      Here is our overview of a closely related North American spitting spider:
      https://usaspiders.com/scytodes-thoracica-spitting-spider/

  43. On Whidbey Island, WA, spider has been in garage for several weeks always same dark spot in it’s chaotic webbing. Glassy black, longer front legs, round 3/16 -1/4″ abdomen with no distinct color (ie red) but a grayish sort of hourglass shape. Has pile of larger than it dead house spiders below it and sacs in the web. Curls up if disturbed but doesn’t run.

  44. Hello,

    We live in Phoenix, AZ and found this spider dead on our floor. It is a reddish brown color and is between 1/4” and 3/8”. Any ideas?

    1. Hello Nate, thanks for getting in touch! It looks like this fellow has been dead for some time and is quite desiccated, which makes identification harder. However, I am fairly certain that this some type of male false widow spider (genus Steatoda). They are not medically significant spiders.

  45. I know this is a jumping spider but I’m mystified asto what kind. The dark area on its head was iridescent green. It was found in Troy, Virginia. I will upload a second view of the spider.

    1. Hello Grace, thanks for getting in touch! This is an emerald jumping spider (Paraphidippus aurantius): https://bugguide.net/node/view/1549696
      Great photos and a great find! We will create an overview article about it soon. Can we use your pictures by crediting you as Grace from Troy, Virginia?

    1. Hello Caitlin, this appears to be some type of widow spider (genus Latrodectus) due to the red hourglass marking on its underside. Given the coloration and your location, it could be a brown widow (Latrodectus geometricus) or a juvenile western black widow (Latrodectus hesperus). Here are articles about both species:
      https://usaspiders.com/latrodectus-geometricus-brown-widow/
      https://usaspiders.com/latrodectus-hesperus-western-black-widow/
      Western black widows are considered medically significant. It’s best to handle her with care.

  46. Sorry the abdomen is smashed, we had quite the hectic battle (I’m scared of spiders for the most part- I get the creepy crawlies). But from what I remember the abdomen was red or orange with a hint of yellow. I found him in some vines- and hanging from a web strand at which point I cut one side of his legs off with my clippers (as you can see, they’re missing). The spider looks blue and red but upon closer examination it appears blue, orange, and yellow, with occasional black around the joints and head stripes. His abdomen appears black because in the art of squashing him, dirt got all over it. I’ve never seen this type of spider before and I’m curious as to what it is. Thank you so much!

    1. Hello Trinity, this appears to have been quite some battle. This spider was definitely not medically significant. It was most likely a wolf spider: https://usaspiders.com/lycosidae-wolf-spider/
      Almost all spiders found in the U.S. are not medically significant – in fact, only two general, widows (Latrodectus sp.) and brown recluse spiders (Loxosceles sp.) in the southern U.S. are medically significant. Also, around ten times as many people in the U.S. die from bee and wasp stings than from spider bites. Maybe that information helps a little with your fear. You can search for your U.S. State on our homepage and familiarize yourself with the venomous spiders in your state.

    1. Hello T B, thanks for getting in touch! This is a noble false widow, Steatoda nobilis. It has been introduced to California from England. It’s a close relative to the black widow spider but not considered medically significant.

  47. Found outside my home on the north side of the house. Very large thick web. very fast when i went to trap it. About 1″ by 1/2 in

  48. I was just hanging out at Barnes and Noble in Phoenix, Arizona when this brown spider suddenly approached my foot. I was then curious as to what species this spider is and want to make sure if it is a brown recluse spider or not. Thank you!

    1. Hello Tommy, thanks for getting in touch! Unfortunately, I am unable to clearly see the body of the spider on the image to make a definitive identification. But given the coloration and posture, it might be a brown recluse. Do you have any more pictures?

      1. Sadly that’s the only one I took. I got too nervous to get closer since I don’t know what kind of spider it is so I tired my best to take a good picture at a good distance.

  49. Found this spider by my outdoor storage bin handle. Not sure what species but was wondering if dangerous since I have kids.

    Location: Hercules, California Bay Area

    1. Hello Peter, thanks for getting in touch! This is a noble false widow, Steatoda nobilis. It has been introduced to California from England and its populations have increased a lot over the last years. It’s not a medically significant spider.

  50. I found this spider in a bathroom in Oregon. It is a burgundy brown color and has some lighter markings on it. It was hairy and the body was around an inch long. I managed to take it outside without it attempting to jump or anything. I’ve never seen a spider like this before and would love to know what it was!

    1. Hello Monique, this is some type of hacklemesh weaver (family Amaruobiidae). They are not medically significant.

  51. Some kind of tarantula? Salt Lake City, UT. Maybe three inches long without legs and missing a leg on his left side. This is the second time I’ve seen a spider like this here.

    1. Hello Alex, thanks for getting in touch and for uploading this great shot! This is definitely a tarantula (Aphonopelma sp.). Since many species of Aphonopelma look similar, it’s hard to make an ID on a species level. Based on the location, it might be Aphonopelma iodius.

  52. I found this spider in Stafford, VA. It has one body segment, 6 long legs, and 2 extra long legs/feelers. Is it just a daddy long-leg?

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