Spider Mama and Babies
Location: Plant City, FL
September 5, 2010 12:36 pm
I took this photo a few days ago. Today is September 4, 2010. I noticed this spider mom and all her little babies and was just wondering what kind of spider she is. Sizewise she is about 5 or 6 millimeters. I photographed her in a crevice on my carport spraycrete wall.
Signature: Sincerely, Shannon (taking Turf and Ornamental Entomology at UF)
We started our identification on the assumption that this was a Cobweb Spider in the family Theridiidae, the group that includes the Widows, but we were not certain if we would have any luck identifying your species. Then we stumbled upon the Red House Spider, Nesticodes rufipes, on BugGuide. There are two deal sealers in our mind, the first being that BugGuide only reports this species from Florida, and the second being some images of a female Red House Spider with her brood of Spiderlings.
Thank you so much. I looked at the photos on BugGuide you mentioned and saw the egg sack as well which she also has out there. So I believe you are correct in your identification. Hopefully I can submit some more photos in the future. I am getting a degree in Environmental Horticulture with UF and just finished an Entomology course and am now taking the Turf and Ornamental Entomology. I find insects fascinating mostly because I love plants and they interact so much. Thanks again,