Help Identify a Spider

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  1. Dave says:

    Hello, We live in Thailand and discovered a spider on our bathroom door. The photo is attached. Knowing some spiders jump I decided to use the vacuum to dispose of it. Seeing it still moving in the receptacle I emptied it outside. Once out of the vacuum it came at me. I walked away never seeing it or another like it after. Do you have any idea what it is? Thanks



    yellow spider

  2. Randy V. says:

    We live in South Florida and found this spider in our garden. I have been in Florida for 45 years and pay attention to the animals and insects in my environment – but have never seen anything like this.

    Can you help us identify it?

    Thank you in advance.

    Randy Veliky

    yellow spider

  3. kristina says:

    i found a spider in my kitchen after being away for a weekend. it had the body that resembled a scorpion but without the tail and its body was not hard. it also had four ugly black fangs. two on top and two on bottom and it had a pair of what looked like tentacles cuz they were by the head and i knew they could not be legs cuz that would have given it ten total.please help, im scared out of my wits.

  4. Matthew says:

    I just found a spider that looks exactly like the one that Sonda #62 photographed crawling across my living room floor and I think I was bitten by one last night. I believe that it is like Katie #192 said, a Sow bug Killer Spider. It is too dark to be a WoodLouse Spider like #768 suggested.

  5. Bill H. says:

    This spider was found today behind some wood next to my house in Olympia WA.
    About the size of a nickle with those white looking eyes. It was very

    Bill Hansen

    black spider with red marking

    black spider with red marking

  6. Cindy Goh says:

    Hi, I live in Singapore. Temperature’s here is always about 30 degrees celsius and it’s mostly humid all the time. I spotted this spider crawling across my table in the afternoon. It only has 6 legs, but it bore real resemblance to the pale daddy-long-legs But I’m still not sure if it’s a spider or insect. Please help me to identify, it’s about 2.5cm long inclusive of the legs.

    tan spider or insect

    tan spider or insect

  7. jeremy mallett says:

    i need to find a spider that has a white [head] white spots on his [back] and white stripes on his [legs]

  8. chris foley says:

    today i found a spider at work. it was in a case of pineapple from costa rica. it has a very distictive red outline on it’s abdomen with four white dots arranged 2×2. does anyone have any guesses that can at least point me in the right direction?

  9. jeremy says:

    i looked all though this web site and the spider that i was looking for that is white [head] and white spots on this back

  10. Amy says:

    This spider is on the molding around the front door. I discovered her when answering the front door. She is right at eye-level! Her coloring is gray. I think her leg positioning is interesting (two to the rear and six-four visible-to the front), and her abdomen is cone-shaped. I say “she” because there is an egg sac beside her. Also, we have experience a cold snap and the first snow of the year today and over the past several day we have found several other spiders inside the house of other varieties.

    black spider on door molding

  11. emily says:

    my freind recently just found out that she was bitten by a spider and tht it had laid eggs in her knee,and they had hatched im very worried for her! how does this happend??? how can it be cured??? :(

  12. Lori D. says:

    I found this spider on our apple tree. The rain damaged the web and the spider ran back in the tree, about a week later is was back. We live in central Texas.

    orange spider

  13. Sarah Ferris says:

    Denise #764 and Laura #776, I live in Sydney Australia and to me those look VERY similar to the harmless Huntsmen spiders we see a lot around here. Possibly related?
    Hope that helps, here we just make sure it’s not one of the bad three (Funnel Web, Redback or Whitetail) and then avoid it like the plague.

  14. Oceans Small says:

    My husband and I were trying to figure out what kind of spider this is. We researched what we thought it to be, but undecided to whether it’s a Garden spider or a Banana spider. We found it near our front door opening in a small tree. Any information would be helpful.

  15. Kelly says:

    I am curious as to what the outcome was for #3 Daughter. Two years ago I had the exact same symptoms …. a small like mesquito bite on my hand that within 6 hrs swelled enormously. I was treated by a doctor with the prescriptions (benadryl, steriods, antibiotics) …. 8 hrs later I was back in the ER, admitted and began a two week inpatient stay in which my family was told daily to expect the worse. I am lucky to have my arm and my very life. Three surgeries (and perhaps one more), a finger amputated and gruesome tortureous physical therapy for a year. I was discharged from the hospital with my tendons exposed and rotting tissue.

    I had no mobility in my shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand or fingers (the remaining ones). I would enclose pictures but they are only for the very strong stomached. Through determination inspired by my three dependent children, I proudly can say I overcame the dr prognosis twice now … only my fingers limit me … and only with small buttons. It was a horrifying experience and the recovery ongoing. The dr speculated it was a black widow ….. but my research with symptoms is closer to a Hobo Spider. One small little mesquito like bite turned out to be one of the greatest challenges I have ever faced. To the author of #3, I sincerely hope your Daughter had the best of medical care and has thoroughly healed without the consequences I endured.

  16. Faiyaz says:

    How are you. I live in Francistown Botswana (Africa) . I found this spider upstairs in the hallway of our house and need help to identify it. Could you kindly assist.


    Black and fuzzy spider

  17. Chase says:

    This spider was found crawling on my roommate’s neck while we were watching TV. We live in San Diego, CA and get quite a few different spiders in/around our house. This one is one of the bigger spiders we’ve come across.  It looks like a wolf spider, but I would like some help in identifying it. Thanks.
    San Diego, CA

    Gray spider

  18. Mike S. says:

    Took a picture of this one in Lewisburg Ohio. What the heck is it?
    We let it go in a corn field. Found it next to the gas grill.

    Thanks for your time,


    Yellow/Orange Spider

  19. Christy says:

    I think I answered my own question. My spider kinda looks like the daddy long legs without the long legs lol His body looks just like the body in pic #707 so maybe he’s a baby daddy long legs. Anyways I can sleep easier if that is the fact :D

  20. Christy says:

    #707 you have a Daddy Long Legs. They are really cool spiders and they eat other spiders. We used to play with them when we were kids because they cannot bite.

  21. Christy says:

    I just moved to Duncan, Ok and have found some unusual spiders that I have never seen before. They have all been the same size color and shape. They are about the size of a dime including leg width. Their bodies are the shape of a tick??? and they are black with light brown outline. Their legs are light brown close to the body and black on the ends. There is only one segment to this spider but it has 4 legs and fangs. I have a dead one but cannot take a picture because the only camera I have is a phone and it’s blurry. Please help.

  22. Gary says:

    I found this spider on the wall in our house in Oakland, California. Any idea what it is? A brown recluse perhaps?

    Spider under magnifying glass

  23. Laura Penrose says:

    I saw this big orange, furry spider outside by my car this morning. I am currently living in St. Maarten and am wondering if it is poisonous. It has long skinny legs, and it changed from orange to yellow when I tried to scare it away.


    Orange, furry spider

  24. Tawnin says:

    Hi Can you please identify this spider? I have fpund over 15 of thrm around my house this year alone on the walls walking across the floor under my couch,even inside my TV Please Help?

    Orange Spider

  25. Lena says:

    Hi thier I’m from Colorado I’m looking up about spider’s because lately I’ve been finding a lot in my house not sure of size but they are pretty small thier light brown long leg’s and a big belly just like black widow’s but smaller and brown with no hour glass,it’s more like darker brown spot’s thier web is very silky,sticky and thier mainly up on the cieling corner’s unsure if thier in the vent’s must be cause after I kill a few by next week thier’s another batch and they also hide in only one closet that’s by the door. If any body know’s any thing about these spider’s please let me know. My next misson is to bomb the house!

  26. Jess says:

    I live in NY… Long Island specifically. I found this spider in my basement and I’m stumped on what it is. It’s about the size of a quarter and pretty agressive. It’s brown and has lighter brown stripes on its legs. It’s not furry and doesn’t have any special markings other then the stripes, top or bottom. It has two fang like protrusions sticking out from its head. I’m pretty sure it was hiding in the wood pile outside the basement door and snuck in when retreiving wood. No one was bitten luckly and we currently have it in a tall glass jar with a piece of paper on top. Any idea as to what this could be???


    Spider From Jess M.

    Spider From Jess M.

  27. Tawni says:

    Can you identify I have foung these spiders in my closet, on my living room wall, under my couch inside my TV and outside WHAT IS IT>> HELP THANKS I have found 14 so far

  28. Yamada T. says:

    I’m not sure why I’m doing this (I absolutely hate spiders), but I saw this amazing bugger outside my apartment. Its web spans over 2 meters, the distance between the steps leading to my 2 story apartment and a neighboring tree! Any ideas on what it is? I live in Tokyo. Thanks!


  29. Donna F. says:

    She was eating a Ladybeetle. We’re not sure what she is. We were doing some work on my Mother’s home and found her. If you would like more pictures of spiders for your collection. I have quite a few. Thanks for your help.



  30. S B says:

    My HS students found a spider outside this morning. (Nov 14 – north-east Ohio near Cleveland.) It is about an inch long has brown hairy legs with black bands, a red body with silver markings. I will try to send a pic later. Any ideas?

  31. Daniel L. says:

    Hello I am from Tucson, Arizona and trying to figure out what spider this is I have looked everywhere but have no clue to what it might be. The closest I get to an image of is a Banded Argiope spider but this one here has no real color on the body except underneath. The top of the body looks like it has a pitch fork design drawn on it with pencil. I tried to get a good picture of it so you can all see. Its body is the same size as a quarter. Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you.

    the top of the spider I tried to get the pitchfork design in but dont look like it turned out too good.


    the bottom of the spider.


  32. ashley says:

    i found a tiny brownish/red and white spider in my kitchen floor behind a bag of dog food. the pattern is like zig zag white and ther brownish/red color. i have never seen anything like it before.

  33. denise says:

    just wondering what kind of spider this is, I live in St. Kitts in the caribbean if that helps to narrow it down a bit.



  34. Alicia says:

    Zack # 760 I am trying to figure out what the spider is in #732 for you. I think that it may be a Araneus trifolium, which is a Shamrock Orb Weaver. Here are some pictures that I found of it, they look pretty darn close. Google it and let me know what you think. Hope this helps ya!


  35. Donna Arjona says:

    I found a spider and it is the same spider Steve H #418 sent a picture of. What kind is it and is it dangerish

  36. Jared Myrick says:

    Hello we found this spider in the Maryland/Delarware region. My girlfriend thinks that it is a Wolf Spider…..but we see it all the time and its probably just a normal spider. Please tell me what it is thanks…


  37. Kristin Hoots says:

    Will you please tell me what kind of spider is in post 59? I have been unable to determine what it is.

  38. eric says:

    Just stopping in to leave a few comments. I live in WNY Rochester, and Buffalo to be exact. I have been reading into spider bites for a while and ways to really be able to tell what type of spider may be. I think here Rachel #22, people have said that the spider you found was a Brown Recluse Spider, if so…it would have what is called a “violin” marking on its abdomen starting towards the head (where the legs connect)…called this basically because its almost in the shape of a violin. I am very curious to weather or not this picture you have is actually a Brown Recluse, because I have been living in the Rochester and Buffalo area my whole life. I do not know for sure if the Brown Recluse is a NYS native spider. Either way be cautious and careful. I love spiders but you need to always be careful when handling one which you may not be sure what type it is. Great site guys!!! and tons of Great information!!!

  39. Alicia says:

    #278 Tom L. Looks like a brown widow. That is a perfect orange hour glass on the spiders belly. There are several different types of widow spiders. Black, brown, red, and so on. Hope this helps everyone!

  40. Darlene says:

    Duane. Don’t kill those guys… they appear to be wolf spiders. Wolf spiders look alot scarier than they actually are. Spiders aren’t gonna track you down and getcha. They tend to stay away from humans if they possibly can. I have spiders come into my house all the time and I just catch them and put them back outside. They come into the house when they are thirsty most of the time. Also, they don’t like it when it’s cold either. But of course houses are optimal places to hide out and make a home. Just keep an eye out. Make sure you keep your house clean and straightened up and there will be less of a chance of hiding places. If you find a spider that you can’t identify and aren’t sure of, try to bring it down the road a few miles and drop it off in a wooded area if possible. If it bit someone, put it in a container to keep in case you need to show a medical professional. Spiders are crucial to our environment.

  41. Alicia says:

    Ann # 747 if the spider has a hour glass on its belly then it’s a widow spider, but sometime the hour glass doesn’t connect. There are several types of widows. The hour glass can range from yellow to orange. They also have different markings on their backs. Google brown widow and see what you find. Hope this helps!

  42. Alicia says:

    I found these spiders by the washer and dryer. They were on the floor in a towel together. I can’t seem to identify them. If anyone could help me that would be great! The last picture is of the bigger spiders belly, which is a cream color with some brown spots. The smaller spiders belly is the same color as its back. I also found a black widow the week before. I live in Northeast Colorado.



  43. Alicia says:

    Chris #727 this looks like a brown widow. Look at the belly of the spider and see if there is an hour glass on it. It can be anywhere form yellow to orange to a yellowish orange. That is what the pictures look like to me. Hope this helps you!

  44. Alicia says:

    Greg K. #657 I think your spider is a spinybacked orbweaver. Google it and see what you think. Hope this helps!

  45. Alicia says:

    Jesus #742 The picture of the spider in #87 and #190 is a brown widow. If you look at the belly of the spider there is an orange hour glass on it. It looks just like a black widow except it is brown. If you google Brown Widow spiders that is exactly what they look like. Their legs can be two colors which might depend and the age of the spider. And it also says that Brown widows look just like a Black widow spider it is just brown with a yellow to yellow orange color hour glass on the belly. Also the size of the spider depends on its age.There are several differnt types of widows, not just black ones. Hope this help!

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