Subject: Can you help name this spider?
Location: Hamilton, ON Canada
October 19, 2015 6:26 am
I live is southern Ontario Canada and this fall we were tearing down our shed and found a nest of about 50 of these. I’ve never seen a spider like this before. Wondering if it’s something I should be concerned about?
Thank you so much!!
Signature: Sarah Keddy
We believe we have correctly identified your spider as an introduced Hacklemesh Weaver with no common name, Amaurobius ferox, based on this image posted to BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “Range Mostly established in southeastern Canada and the eastern USA so far. However, there may be relatively recent populations in WA (King County) and CO.
Habitat A synanthropic species; found associated with humans and man-made structures.
Remarks This species is native to Europe; its first Nearctic record was from Providence, Rhode Island, November 8, 1871.”