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Subject: Ldybird Spider
Location: Vamos, Crete
May 23, 2015 8:05 am
This was taken in my garden on the island of Crete. Can you tell me if it is poisonous? Fascinating to find many different spiders here. Last one we found was a wolf spider.
Signature: LindaJ

Male Ladybird Spider

Male Ladybird Spider

Dear LindaJ,
Your endangered male Ladybird Spider in the genus
Eresus, most likely Eresus sandaliatus based on information included on the Spiders of NorthWest Europe site which has images from Crete indicating that the species can be identified by the black and white hind legs.  Most spiders have venom, but very few species of spiders are considered dangerous to humans.  To the best of our knowledge, the Ladybird Spiders are considered harmless, and the fact that they are endangered through much of their range indicates that no methods should be used to threaten them if they are found in your garden.

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Subject: Kauai Vacation Home Spider
Location: Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
May 13, 2015 11:44 pm
Mr. Bugman,
I first identified a spider in the laundry area of the house I’m renting using your site. It appeared to be a Huntsman Spider and it made sense, it’s damp and I’ve seen a cockroach or two in there. I named that spider Dick and he’s 4-5″ big. Now I just scared the bajesus out of myself finding a much larger spider, who I named Bob which is twice as large as Dick, near the area that Dick is (or was, Dick looks a little rough like he got beat up by Bob).
I’m sure it’s just another Huntsman Spider but I wanted to share it with your site.
Signature: Kauai Spider Bro?

Huntsman spider

Huntsman spider

You are correct that this is a Huntsman Spider, probably Heteropoda venatoria, but we think you should change Bob’s name to Roberta as we believe she is a female.

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Subject: what is this
Location: SE PA
May 12, 2015 12:02 pm
Hello we just found this little guy in our house. its about the size of a dime
Signature: Thanks, Danielle

Ground Spider

Ground Spider

Hi Danielle,
Your spider is a harmless Ground Spider,
Sergiolus capulatus. You may verify its identity on Bugguide.  We haven’t posted a recent image of a Ground Spider since 2006.

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Subject: Grey Lumpy Spider
Location: Northern California
May 9, 2015 9:22 am
I’m a bit of an amateur arachnologist, and as such a lot of my friends text me pics for identification regularly. I usually can get them at least a Genus within moments, but a friend of a friend sent me a pic that has me a little stumped. It’s a female grey spider, no web visible, with some interesting protrusions on her back. I tried to do some research, but I keep coming up with blanks. What is she? I’d love to know! She was found in Northern California, we live in San Francisco and I believe her friend found the little lady in the east bay.
Signature: Luke

Possibly Cat-Faced Spider

Possibly Cat-Faced Spider

Dear Luke,
This is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, and we believe it might be a Cat-Faced Spider,
Araneus gemmoides.  You can see the resemblance to this individual posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: What’s this spider
Location: Eastern Caribbean-Nevis
May 8, 2015 5:36 pm
Hi,
I live in the Caribbean, St. Kitts & Nevis. We have a spider recently that I’m not familiar with and don’t like finding in my shower as I am a spider phobe! I have a friend who has started finding these at their house also and she does not like them any better than I do. Can you please tell me what it might be and if it has any sort of nasty bite? I’ve had a couple of bad bites in my time that were not fun at all.
Thank you when and if you can answer!
Signature: islandlady

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Dear islandlady,
We agree with your comment that this is a Huntsman Spider.

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Subject: Huge black funnel web spider need identification
Location: Tumbaco, Ecuador
May 9, 2015 11:23 am
This pretty spider lives outside my brother’s house (came with the house). She’s black and the size of his hand (+_ 8 in / 20 cm). He tried getting it identified with no luck. Any help identifying what type is highly appreciated and welcome! They call her “viper” and she’s the guardian dog 😉
PS: I was told it could be in the Dipluridae family, either a Diplura or Linothele. It looks a lot like the spanish funnel web spider except it’s 3 times larger…
Signature: buglady

Large Spider

Unknown Tarantula

Dear buglady,
The size you have stated seems to indicate a Tarantula.  Those spinnerets at the end of the abdomen are impressively long, and that is probably going to be a significant indication of the proper identification, though this image of an Ecuadorean Tarantula with long spinnerets from our archive has never been properly identified.  A close-up of the eye pattern would also be of tremendous assistance.
  Unless we hear otherwise, we are going to speculate that this is some species of Tarantula.  According to the American Museum of Natural History, the family Dipluridae is classified with the Mgyalomorphs, primitive spiders that include Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders.  Tarantulas can live for many years, so Viper may be with your brother for a long time.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the information I love your site :)
I’ll try to get my brother to get a close up of the eye pattern but I’m not sure he’ll be up to it as he is quite intimidated by it…
The image of the unidentified tarantula looks like a Linothele Megatheloides:
http://www.dipluridae.de/wiki/index.php/Linothele_megatheloides
Cheers!

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