Subject: Odd colorful spider
Location: Achaia, Greece
June 13, 2012 9:14 am
during a recent day trip to the wilderness I came across this odd colorful spider. What triggered my curiosity is that this awesome insect does not share the colors of the native Greek spiders (who commonly have earthly colors like brown and dark green), but looks like an exotic poisonous spider. Can you please identify it for me? Is it really poisonous or just flamboyant?
Thank you in advance!
This beautiful spider is a harmless male Ladybird Spider in the genus Eresus, a group of relatively rare spiders. We have a lengthy post on our site of a female Ladybird Spider from Slovenia. Ladybird Spiders are sexually dimorphic and the males and females appear to be different species. This is a nice photo comparison of the sexes from ARKive. There are some gorgeous photos of Ladybird Spiders on the Spiders of North West Europe website, including an image of possibly Eresus sandaliatus submitted by Dimitris Tzortzakis from Kreta, Greece. That wouldn’t be you, would it???