From the monthly archives: "October 2004"

First, this is an awesome sight. I have spent hours looking at the pictures and finding out about all these bugs I didn’t know existed. As for my bug…I live in Los Angeles and found this little guy on my counter while I was putting some flowers in a vase. I think it’s a spider but it appears to only have 6 legs and I thought spiders have 8. It did however release some sort of silk when I was trying to get it onto a branch. It sat on this flower for a while with it’s two long front legs stretched out. It also seemed to be eating something off the flower.
What is it?
Elena DiMeo

Hi Elena,
You have a species of Crab Spider, Family Thomisidae. They are sometimes called Flower Spiders because they wait for prey on blossoms. Here is a good site with many great Crab Spider photos.

What’s that spider?
I looked though your spider pics and couldn’t find this one so I’m sending a couple of pictures. This guy had the most impressive fangs I’ve ever seen. I found him drowned in a dish at a garage sale and bought the dish to get the spider. Crazy huh? So how bad would it hurt to be bitten by one of these?
Kay Herndon / Spicewood, Texas

Hi Kay,
I love your garage sale story. You have a species of Jumping Spider from the family Salticidae. It is one of the Phidippus species. Many of the Jumping Spiders are brightly colored, and there is a group that has flourescent green fangs like your photo. We haven’t heard of anyone being bitten by a Jumping Spider but we supppose the possibility does exist.

large spider can’t find it in my book
Dear Bugman
This spider was outside on a glass window in Sedona Arizona on 10/7/04. It’s body was about the size of a elongated quarter. The legs made it at least 3"+ across. It seemed to only have 6 legs although perhaps there is another small pair up by the head. The underneath was a creamy white with a black line around its spinerets. I tried to find it on the Internet and in books I have but I could not identify it especially the legs. Thanks for your help.
Liza Vernet in Sedona

Hi Liza,
Our Audubon Guide to Insects and Spiders has a good photo of the Golden Huntsman Spider, Olios fasciculatus, one of the Giant Crab Spiders. These are large spiders. They are found in New Mexico and Utah, west to California. It builds no organized web, but wanders in slow search of prey. Your specimen must have lost some legs in an altercation.

Need some assistance
We found these “nasties” on our Rose of Sharon in Hernando, Mississippi. We spent sometime looking on the Web for an Identification on them but cannot seem to find a good resource for identification. Can you please help? There seems to be two different species, or a young and adult in this photo. Thank you so much for your assistance and if you could direct me in how to remove them from my plant life as it is not helping the leaves and buds on the Rose of Sharon.
By the way we loved your site!
Bryan Howard

Hi Bryan,
You have Hemipterans, both the winged adult and nymph. These are True Bugs, related to Stink Bugs. Despite the conspicuous marking, we cannot find a good exact identification in any of our sources.

Update (05/29/2006)
We now know this is Niesthrea louisianica, a Scentless Plant Bug that is found on Rose of Sharon.

what kind of spider is this?
Hi; could you tell me what kind of spider this is .
I found it in my yard in Dorr MICHIGAN.
Im KEEPING IT AS A PET . I’ve had it for about a month. It likes crickets.

Hi Katrina,
It looks like a Wolf Spider from the Family Lycosidae. They live on the ground and hunt prey at night. Female spiders care for their young.

Spider Identification Request
Hi, I love your site. I stumbled upon it while trying to see if this is a harmless spider since three of them have appeared on my deck. From reading your site, I am guesing a harmless golden orb. What do you think?

Hi Cathy,
Your spider is not a Golden Orb Weaver, but a Marbled Orb Weaver, Araneus marmoreus. They range throughout the U.S. to Alaska. It hides in a retreat of the web and will drop to the ground if approached. It usually builds its web on low shrubs and in high grasses.