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Odd spider in the house
Location: Joplin, Missouri
April 2, 2012 4:12 pm
Hi Bugman!
I cam home from work today to find this spider in the house. More to the point, I found this spider attempting to crawl around on a balloon in the house, which looked pretty strange. I picked up the balloon with its spider passenger and let it go on the porch. That’s where I got these pictures.
The spider is fairly small, but very long and thin. Not at all the kind I’m used to seeing in nooks and crannies around the house. It has a brownish black body and a white abdomen with a design on it. I was unable to find any pictures on the web that looked like it. Could you help me figure out what kind of spider it is? Thanks!
Signature: Whitney

Unknown Spider

Hi Whitney,
We did a bit of searching, and like you, we were not very successful at finding an identification.  Your spider somewhat resembles the Orchard Spiders pictured on BugGuide, but we know that is not the correct identification.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist.

Unknown Spider

Thank you so much for your quick response! The spider does look a lot like the orchard spider you mentioned and the long-jawed orbweaver Bugophile mentioned in the comments, with some obvious differences from both. (namely the very dark coloring of the body)
I went out to check the porch and the yard, hoping to find the spider again to maybe snap more pictures, but didn’t have any luck. I instead found something pretty amazing. Ladybugs! Ladybug larvae seem to be crawling all up the fenceline and surrounding rocks, planting themselves and then hatching. It’s pretty amazing to see and the yard is already filling up with ladybugs. I attached some pictures to share with you.
Thanks!
Whitney

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2 Responses to Unknown Spider from Missouri

  1. Bugophile says:

    Hi Daniel! Glad you got your email system working again. You might want to change the headline on the “featured” section, though! In the meantime, check out this long-jawed orbweaver on bugguide: http://bugguide.net/node/view/202579/bgpage; it isn’t identified down to species, but the markings are very similar, as is the overall aspect of the spider. Whitney’s is darker, but perhaps it is an older specimen, or perhaps it is a variable species. As if that might be the case!

    • bugman says:

      Thanks for the link. Though Whitney’s spider does look like the Long Jawed Orbweavers, we are not fully convinced.

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