Larinioides Cornutus – Furrow Spider

Larinioides Cornutus, commonly known as the furrow spider, is an orb weaver species that can be found throughout the Northern Hemisphere and in every US state. They are often found near human constructions, like porches, but are not dangerous for humans.

Larinioides Cornutus Description

The abdomen of the Furrow Spider is nearly twice the size of the cephalothorax when it is at its largest. Usually of an off-white or light brown coloring with a distinct pattern which runs down the middle. The furrow spider has a very distinctive pattern on its large abdomen.

Larinioides Cornutus - furrow orb weaver
The beautiful patterns on the abdomen of the furrow orb weaver can be seen here.

Similar spiders: The furrow spider can be confused with the missing sector orb weaver that occurs in the eastern and western coastal areas in the United States. Generally, the furrow spider does not have a hairy abdomen which the missing sector orb weaver might have. If the web is missing a sector (like a slice of a pizza), you might be looking at a missing sector orb weaver, Zygiella x-notata.

Size

The body of the adult female will grow to about ¾ of an inch (20 mm) and with the legs included, can reach nearly 1 ¼” (32 mm) across.

Eye pattern

The furrow spider has eight eyes of which only six are usually visible to the human eye. They have a row of six eyes at the bottom and another pair of eyes in the middle of their head.

Web

Like any orb weaver, the furrow spider creates circular webs that catch any flying small insects. As they are a nocturnal spider species, some furrow spiders have been seen eating their web in the morning before they hid away during the daytime.

Furrow Spider Bite

The bite of a furrow spider may, at worst, only cause a mild discomfort. The symptoms are usually negligible. Only on very rare occasions, they might cause some local swelling or minor pain.

Larinioides Cornutus Furrow Spider
Photography by: Steve-Fox – Goodrich, Michigan

Larinioides Cornutus Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Infraorder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Aranidae
  • Genus: Larinioides
  • Species: Larinioides cornutus

Common names

Furrow spider, furrow orb weaver, furrow orb spider, foliate spider

Distribution of the furrow orb weaver in the USA

Larinioides Cornutus – Furrow Spider range usa

The furrow spider appears in the entire Holarctic region and in every US state. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Larinioides Cornutus – Furrow Spider

30 thoughts on “Larinioides Cornutus – Furrow Spider

  1. This spider was in our garage inside a lamp shade with the light in the lamp shade on. This is in Houston, Texas.

  2. Description of the spider (helps with the identification but is not mandatory)
    Greyish-Tan and Brown markings. Looks smooth and shiny.

    City and U.S. State where the spider was found
    New Hartford, New York

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    John Poczatek

  3. Found this guy stuck outside on my door wall in my apartment. It’s giving me the heebie jeebies about going out onto my balcony again, hahaha. I’ve seen him before, but usually at night? I haven’t seen a web yet, he’s usually just on the window. He’s about the size of a quarter (with legs), maybe a schmidge bigger. We live in Whitmore Lake, MI. I was thinking, looking at your pictures, he might be an orb weaver or a wolf spider?

  4. I saw these Spiders in Central Ohio. There are several nests along the soffitt of my garage. You only see them at night.

  5. This spider was sighted near a trailhead in San Diego, CA. It was near a bowl and doily style web, adding to my confusion. Possible sling.

  6. Found this one outside kitchen window in fall of 2021 in Beech Creek, Pa.
    Body is about 1 inch or a little larger.

  7. There are quite a few of these spiders on the side of my house, in Nicholas County, WV. A retaining wall collapsed nearby a few days ago, so they may have came from there.

  8. About the size of a nickel. Neat “tattoo” on its back. It had been hiding under the shutter this month of April 2022

  9. Seen this little guy on the outside of my window in Bloomington, IN the last few nights. I had to turn out all the lights so I could get a photo with flash to catch him! It’s hard to tell in the dark what the exact colors of his body and markings are – my best guesses are red/tan and brown/black for each.

  10. Found this little cutie inside my shoe as they dried off on the porch. I let him/her off on the rail of my porch and observed it for a while. I’m sure it’s the spider on this thread, but can someone confirm? About 3/4 of an inch, give or take.
    Denver, Colorado, USA. Thanks in advance!

  11. Found in rural area of Sevierville, TN. It appears to be black from a distance. My husband took this picture from his phone. It spun its web, using the roof over our deck & one of the posts holding the roof up to attach the web. We saw it out during early evening then again after the sun set, but before it got really dark.

  12. Thinking this might be a furrow spider on my deck (photographed behind the safety of my sliding door). In Montgomery County in SE PA

  13. So, I am deathly afraid of spiders and I found this one outside the garage door. I am in Tucson AZ. Someone told me it is an Orb Weaver. Can you please confirm before I kill it for thinking it’s a Black Widow? Thank you for your help.

  14. This spider bit my son on the back of the neck while he was working on a home construction site on Maston Lake near Trufant, MI. He didn’t feel it on him until he felt it bite and then he grabbed it off his neck and threw it down and took the picture. He said it was about the size of a nickel. Do you know what kind it is?

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