Alaska is the northernmost and coldest U.S. State. Many people ask themselves the questions “Are there spiders in Alaska?”. And the answer is yes. There are several spiders in Alaska that appear mostly in the warmer months. This page provides an overview of all common spiders in Alaska and answers some frequently asked questions.
Are there poisonous spiders in Alaska?
While almost all spiders in the world are venomous (not poisonous), only very few are considered medically significant. In the United States, the only medically significant species are black widows and brown recluse spiders. Brown recluse spiders and black widows do not occur in Alaska – so there are no dangerous spiders in Alaska.
What are common house spiders in Alaska?
The most commonly seen house spiders are cobweb spiders (Steatoda borealis and grossa), hacklemsh weavers (Callobius pictus) and jumping spiders.
Spiders in Alaska
The most commonly seen spiders in Alaska are orb weavers. Orb weavers come in a variety of shapes and colors but they all spin round orb-shaped webs. They are especially common in late summer. Orb weavers are harmless spiders. Some spiders that are known to bite that also occur on Alaska are yellow sac spiders. You can see pictures of Alaska spiders here:
Araneus diadematus, also called the European garden spider or the cross spider is an orb weaver spider with an iconic ...Read More
The Argiope Aurantia or black and yellow garden spider appears in every US state and in many other countries around ...Read More
The Argiope trifasciata or Banded Garden Spider is one of the most common species of the Argiope orb weaving spider ...Read More
The Araneus Gemmoides is an orb weaver species that occurs in the Western United States. It is also known under ...Read More
Parasteatoda tepidariorum, or the common house spider can be found in every US state. The spider is also distributed throughout ...Read More
Phidippus audax, commonly known as the daring jumping spider is a jumping spider found throughout the USA. As their name ...Read More
As strange as it sounds, the Pholcidae, or Cellar Spider is one of the most misunderstood spiders in the world ...Read More
As the name suggests, the fishing spider is a semi-aquatic genus of spiders that are found all over the world ...Read More
The misumena, commonly called flower crab spider, is a genus of spiders that hunt their prey in or around flowers ...Read More
Larinioides Cornutus, commonly known as the furrow spider, is an orb weaver species that can be found throughout the Northern ...Read More
Agelenopsis, American grass spiders, are a genus of spiders that can be found around the world and in every US ...Read More
Spiders of the Xysticus genus, also called ground crab spiders are a rather indistinct species. As all crab spiders, they ...Read More
Spiders of the genus Clubiona, commonly called leaf-curling sac spiders, can be found throughout the world and in every US ...Read More
The Pachygnatha is technically part of the Orb Weaver family. However, it does not spin a web and is a ...Read More
Castianeira descripta, more commonly know as the red-spotted ant mimic spider gets its common name from the similar look and ...Read More
The Steatoda bipunctata, commonly called rabbit hutch spider is a black spider found throughout the United States. It comes from ...Read More
The Steatoda triangulosa, commonly called the triangulate cobweb spider is a brown-black spider found throughout the US. It has an ...Read More
The Lycosidae, commonly called wolf spiders are a family of hunter spiders found throughout the United States and the rest ...Read More
Cheiracanthium mildei, the northern yellow sac spider is one of the most common spiders in Northeastern America. However, it can ...Read More
Salticus scenicus, the zebra spider, is a jumping spider that can be found in the entire Northern Hemisphere. As its ...Read More
Araneus trifolium, the shamrock spider, is a widely distributed orb weaver that can come in various colors, mostly beige or ...Read More
Philodromus, commonly called running crab spider, is a genus of crab spiders. Various species can be found throughout the entire ...Read More
Ummidia is a genus of spiders that can be found around the world. Among other genus, they are commonly called ...Read More
Even though Xysticus funestus has a dangerously-sounding common name, the deadly ground crab spider, it is of absolutely no concern ...Read More
Herpyllus ecclesiasticus, The Eastern parson spider is one of the most commonly encountered hunter spiders in the United States. The ...Read More
The spitting spider, scientifically called Scytodaes thoracica, is a fascinating type of hunting spider that captures and paralyzes its prey ...Read More
Neoscona arabesca, commonly known as the arabesque orbweaver, is one of the most common orbweaver species that can be found ...Read More
Acanthepeira stellata, commonly called the starbellied orb weaver, is one of the most remarkable and memorable orb weaver spiders. Its ...Read More
The Steatoda grossa, commonly called the false black widow spider or cupboard spider can be found throughout the United States ...Read More
The missing sector orb weaver, Zygiella x-notata, is a common spider species found throughout Europe and the United States. The ...Read More
The arrow-head spider, Verrucosa arenata, is an orb-weaver spider found throughout the United States. Its common name arrowhead spider or ...Read More
Alaska spider identification
If you have found a spider in Alaska that is not on our list, head to our spider identification page. On that page, you will find a spider identification tool that might help you identify your spider. If not, no problem. Simply upload a picture of your spider on the identification page. We will try our best and find out what species you’ve got.