Unidentified Spiders

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  1. I was just bit by this guy…. I’m currently in North Carolina. Just wanted to know if I should be worried?!?! It welted up a bit like a mosquito bite. I used lavender essential oil several times. It seems to be getting better not worse. Just wanted to be sure?!?!

  2. Found this spider in Central FL. Thought it looked like a brown widow, but it has no orange mark on the underside of its abdomen. Front two legs are much longer than the rest. Web is round and also cobweb-y. There is another spider of the same type in the web also, but it is white. Like it lost its pigment. Help?? Thanks!

  3. There are almost a dozen or so of these spiders(?) on my potato plants I’m growing in fabric grow bags. Woodland Gloucester county, NJ, USDA 7a.

    1. Hello David, this is a harvestman (order Opiliones). They are not spiders but a related arachnid. Spiders havea two-sectioned body, harvestmen are also not venomous.

  4. Posted a different photo previously – just looking to confirm if this is the same kind of spider. Sorry for poor photo quality. It’s about 3:30 AM here and this thing gave me quite the scare. This one was very large. Leg span would’ve almost covered my palm. Mostly brown. No web. Didn’t move too much when I got near it.

    Last one was a wolf spider…not sure if this one is also. Are they aggressive? Attracted to anything specific? My apartment is less than 800 sq ft so if I can do anything to encourage them to go elsewhere, I definitely will

    1. Hi Jennifer, I can’t be 100% certain but I would also say that this is a wolf spider. They are attracted to any type of other small animal in your house as a food source. It’s best to get rid of spiders by getting rid of their food source. Don’t leave the lights on in the evening, don’t leave any open food sources around in the open, etc.
      You can also mix a little bit of peppermint oil with water in a spray bottle and spray the edges of doors and windows. The essential oils will deter spiders and other bugs to enter your home.

  5. What spider is this? I foynd this spider on the side of the wall by the stairs while walking up them. The spider is dead now but can anyone tell me what spider this is?

  6. Found in a compost pile. No idea on the size. A neighbor sent the picture and asked what it was.

  7. Found this tiny guy on my leg while camping in the mountains of Eastern Washington. He’s a jumper just trying to find out what kind.

  8. This photo was the best on short notice. I went back again, but it was gone. Overall leg span was hard to tell as they are pulled in, but the trim it is hanging on is 2 inches wide….so maybe 3-3.5 inches? The abdomen was at least 0.75in.

  9. I’ve been getting bitten regularly(mostly on back) for years in a mobile home located in far northern WISCONSIN/ @ Upper Peninsula if MI border. Bite leaves up to two inch sore and swollen area, can drain large amounts of white puss followed by black necrotic looking substance and leaves a hardened skin cap with visible dual punctures in each spot. Bite leaves very long lasting or permanent darkened blemish spot after a long healing period.

    1. Hi there, it is very unlikely that you have been bitten by this spider. Spiders only bite in very desperate self-defense situations. Getting bitten several times by a type of spider is very very unlikely – your bites are much more likely from an animal that actually feed on human blood.
      Unfortunately, I can’t ID this one but it’s definitely not one of the medically significant spiders out there.

  10. Please help I’m in Baltimore, Maryland. Its very tiny spider but it looks like an amazing lion face on back. Its about 4mm in size.

  11. The spider I would say was at least an inch of combined body and legs. It had small pinchers by its mouth. It almost looked like a bigger daddy long legged spider. I have a second more detailed pic

  12. Seem to have an infestation of these in my RV. Six or so in last couple of days. In Salmon Idaho area.

  13. Spider bite last night on upper cheek, raised, red with small white pustule. In Monterey CA area.

    Saw a spider a few hours later. Blurry picture attached. Spider was approximately 1/4 in length. Is this a wolf spider?

    1. Hi Holly, this is a sun spider (Solifugae). It’s not a spider but a close relative of spiders and scorpions. They are not venomous.

  14. I found this running very fast across the floor at my work towards me. When I moved it turned its path and continued at me. Found in Northwestern Oklahoma. Does anyone know what this is?

    1. Hi Blair, this is a sun spider (Solifugae). It’s not a spider but a close relative of spiders and scorpions. They are not venomous.

  15. I first saw this spider on my living room wall two weeks ago. It has moved to several places: on fold of curtains, between shower curtain and liner, on the floor one time, and now it is sitting at the edge of a mug sitting on my coffee maker. This thing is dark brown with lighter areas of tan. Bands on legs. Front legs to back approximately FOUR inches. Similar to wolfe spider. Thanks.

  16. Hello I’ve had a hard time Identifying this spider. I think it might be an eastern parson spider but I’m not sure. This photo was taken in Northern California, east of San Francisco.

    1. Hi Clayton, this is definitely a ground spider of the family Gnaphosidae – the family of parson spiders. I don’t think this is a parson spider. It might be a mouse spider (Scotophaeus blackwalli): https://usaspiders.com/scotophaeus-blackwalli-mouse-spider/
      But it could also be a different type of ground spider as there are several similar-looking ones. None of them are medically significant.

  17. Not sure what it is. I’ve Google it several times but it never comes up with anything. Sorry for the bad quality photo but it’s the best I’ve got since the damn thing decided that charging me was it’s only means of escape.

  18. Hi! Found this guy at a health food store in Fort Wayne, IN. Someone screamed in the produce section & this fellow scurried out. I took a couple pics before releasing him outdoors. The “screamer” woman who alerted me to him was concerned he was a venomous species as that store gets organic produce shipped in from various regions. Can you please provide me with insight as to what kind he is? Thank you kindly!

    1. Hi Donna, unfortunately, the spider on the image is too small to make a positive ID. I would guess that this is some type of wolf spider or a grass spider. It’s definitely not one of the medically siginificant spiders found in Florida.

  19. Please help me identify this spider. There are 3 on my window screen, each living in separate parts of the window. All are very successful in trapping bugs

  20. Sarasota Florida, my backyard, web from a large bush to the lanai, about 3 feet, multiple other smaller spiders present in the web, same type

  21. This is on my wall. I live in Florida. With the legs it is about 2″ across. Any information would be helpful.

    1. Hi Estina, this is most likely a wolf spider (family Lycosidae). But I would need to know your location to exclude a funnel-weavering spider (Agenelidae).

  22. A very curious jumping spider landed on my hand yesterday afternoon in Washington, DC. It was TINY — smaller than my fingertip — and mostly white with 4 black markings on its back. Its feet each had little black dots on them as well. (Pic 2 of 2)

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    1. Hi Beckie, unfortunately, I can’t ID this due to the image quality. It could be some type of spider covered by some type of pathogenic fungus.

  23. Found this fellow in George County, Mississippi. I’ve never seen one like this before! Entire body is a reddish-orange. Has a yellow patch on it’s back, with 4 tiny black dots. Overall body length 1/2″, not including legs.

    1. Hi Missi, this is some type of orb weaver of the family Araneidae. Unfortunately, I can’t ID it on a genus or species level.

  24. I found this spider on my van was wondering if anyone knew what kind of spider it is? I live in El Paso Texas. I zoomed the picture so it can be seen better. Thank you

    1. Hi Missi, this is some type of orb weaver of the family Araneidae. Unfortunately, I can’t ID it on a genus or species level.

    1. Hi Jeffrey, this is most likely some type of sac spider – I can’t say for certain what family or species. But it is not a medically significant spider.

  25. With legs, probably 1-1/2 – 2″. Hard to get a better picture, as the web is kinda dense and in the fold of a garage door.
    Trenton, SC – Edgefield County

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  26. Found this dead spider under my desk. Body is about 3/4″ – 1″ long with out legs. In Monitor Valley Nevada.
    Should I be worried 😟.

    1. Hi Annet, this is a camel spider or sun spider. They are close relatives of spiders but they are not true spiders. These animals are not venomous – so nothing to worry about.

  27. VERY fast crawling pale/white spider, long front & back legs, about 3/4 the size of a penny. Located inside my home in Prospect Park, NJ (Northern NJ). It crawled up my wall and stopped on the woodwork.

  28. This one was crawling on my neck. Curious little thing. And fearless! When I brushed it off it crawled over another spider’s web to make its way home! Amy Idea what it is?

  29. I found a group of about 20 of these guys on the frame of a vinyl window on my house’s exterior. They all seem to be group aware. They have six double-jointed legs with faint hair on them. The antennae are at least as long as the legs and are straight. Their bodies are reddish-orange. There are two or three pairs of dark dots or marks on rear dorsal surface. There are three or four spikes on each side of rear end of body. Tip of “butt” looks dark. Feel free to use this photo as you wish.

  30. Found two of these in my bathroom in the PNW part of Oregon, a few days apart. And possibly a third in my office.

    1. Hello Codi, this is definitely some type of ground spider in the family Gnaphosidae. These spiders are not dangerous for humans or larger pets. Given your location, it could be a mouse spider (Scotophaeus blackwalli), but there are several similar genera and species in the U.S.
      If you are interested in learning more about spiders in Oregon, check out our Oregon spider identification and information book – available as an ebook here or as a printed paperback on Amazon.

  31. This spider is so small, most people would not even see it. It, also, is camouflaged perfectly into it’s environment. Brought it home with a contained Black Baca Fig tree, in New Mexico. Web is messy and has more than 1 level. Likes to sunbathe, at times, and rests mostly on its back. Eats tiny gnats, as primary food source. Underside of abdomen is black with a solid white rectangular shape that comes to a point toward the end of the body. The sides of the rectangular shape running parallel with the length of the abdomen appear to curve in slightly. From underneath the head is pointy and black and appears to be surrounded by hair. I had to magnify the camera x8 and pull back to obtain a focused photo. Admittedly, not the best camera. Thank you!

    1. Hi Estee, unfortunately, I am not so great at identifying these tiny spiders. This one might be some type of sheetweb spider of the family Linyphiidae, but I can’t say more than that.

  32. Found this spider in the Tacoma area In Washington state in august. It is crawling around the celling with no web. Body size is relatively small, probably the length of a thumb nail with legs included probably around the size of a water bottle cap.

    1. Hi Randy, this is definitely a ground spider of the family Gnaphosidae. Since a large number of genera and species in this family look quite similar, I can’t say for certain what species it is. None of these spiders are medially significant. Given your location and the overall appearance, I am quite confident that this could be a mouse spider (Scotophaeus blackwalli): https://usaspiders.com/scotophaeus-blackwalli-mouse-spider/
      If you are interested in learning more about spiders in Washington State, check out our Washington spider identification and information book – available as an ebook here or as a printed paperback on Amazon

  33. I am North Florida. This strioed-legged spider is currently at the top landing of my deck, nicely blocking my descent. I’m afraid to get too close and it’s raining so I hope my feeble efforts can help you help me know what I’m dealing with. The body actually looks translucent up close, as are the spaces between the black bands on legs. I hope this will helps in spite of the less than clear photos.

  34. Found in my bathtub. I live in a suburb of Cincinnati, OH. It’s between 1/4″ and 3/8″ long. Mostly brown, with some very dark brown some tan colors. It looks a little bit hairy. Anyone recognize it?

    1. Hi Veronica, this is some type of jumping spider of the family Salticidae. Unfortunately, I can’t ID this one closer than that.

  35. This is a picture I took a while back of one if found in my basement in NY. It was hanging from the ceiling and was probably around 1.5 inches, maybe a little larger. I snapped the picture thinking it looked very widow-like. Very curious what it is, because I can’t seem to find anything that looks close to it from a few searches. The alternating leg colors, terminating in black, the distinctive colors otherwise. Figure it should be too difficult for an expert to identify

  36. Hi,
    I found this in my daughters bathroom in San Diego.Can you help me identify it .Dince it’s my daughters room I am a worried that it might be poisonous. Thanks

    1. Hi Julia, this is not one of the medically significant spiders found in California. This is most likely some type of false widow spider (genus Steatoda).

  37. This Spider is posted up near my door by the light . Would like to know what it is & know if it may be dangerous or not. As of now spider(think I’ll call it Phil ) just feasts on the bugs attracted to the light at night

  38. This Spider is posted up near my door by the light . Would like to know what it is & know if it may be dangerous or not. As of now spider(think I’ll call it Phil ) just feasts on the bugs attracted to the light at night spotted in West TX near El Paso

    1. Hi Sami, this spider is not dangerous – spiders that build these orb-shaped webs – so called orb-weavers – are never medically significant for humans or larger pets. This is either Neoscona oaxacensis or Aculepeira packardi – I can’t tell with certainty from the image.

    1. Hi Tambi, this might be a tropical orb weaver (Eriophora ravilla) or a spotted orb weaver (Neoscona crucifera). The location would help to get a better ID.

  39. This is about the size of the palm of your hand, different shades of brown with 2 stripes. Moved faster than I could run away.

  40. Hello I walked into this spiders web earlier today and it scared the hell out of me. Couldn’t figure out what it was as I’ve never seen one like this before. It’s web was on my pergola on the deck.

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