Subject: Hacklemesh Weaver Spider
Location: Central New York
July 7, 2014 6:53 pm
My mom found this spider in her ice cream churn that she kept in her basement and asked me to identify if it was dangerous or not. I took some pictures of it and released it into a pile of slate outside. From what I can tell, I’m pretty sure it is a female Hacklemesh Weaver Spider. Is my id of it correct and should she worry about them?
Signature: good son
Dear good son,
Alas, we aren’t certain. Your spider does resemble this female Hacklemesh Weaver, Amaurobius ferox, that is posted to BugGuide, however the BugGuide individual seems to have longer and thinner legs than your individual. Our first thought was female Southern House Spider, but BugGuide does not report them as far north as New York. Perhaps one of our readers can assist in this identification.