Brown Spider with Black Front Legs: Unveiling the Mystery Arachnid

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Types of Brown Spiders with Black Front Legs

Brown Recluse

The Brown Recluse is a relatively small spider that can measure around the size of a quarter. Its most distinguishable feature is a dark brown violin shape on the cephalothorax, with the neck of the violin pointing backward toward the abdomen ^1^. Specific characteristics include:

  • Eye pattern of 6 eyes in pairs with a space separating the pairs
  • Overall body color ranging from light to dark brown
  • Abdomen is uniformly colored, without patterning^2^

Hobo Spider

Hobo Spiders are often mistaken for Brown Recluses, but have key differences:

  • Hobo Spiders have 8 eyes in two horizontal rows
  • Their legs show distinct banding patterns^3^

Wolf Spider

The Wolf Spider is relatively larger, measuring up to 1.25 inches in body length. They are distinct due to:

  • Varied brown coloring with dark markings on their body
  • 8 eyes arranged in 3 rows^4^

Comparison Table

Spider Eye Pattern Size Markings
Brown Recluse 6 in pairs Size of a quarter Dark brown violin shape
Hobo Spider 8 in two rows Medium Banded legs
Wolf Spider 8 in three rows Up to 1.25 inches Dark body markings

In summary, distinguishing between these spiders is crucial in identifying their potential harm to humans. By examining their physical characteristics and eye patterns, it is possible to differentiate between different species of brown spiders with black front legs.

Reader Emails

Over the years, our website, whatsthatbug.com has received hundreds of letters and some interesting images asking us about these insects. Scroll down to have a look at some of them.

Letter 1 – Wolf Spider with Egg Sac from Spain

 

What is this bug?
Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 3:03 AM
Found this bug drying out on a brick in the Mazzaron region of Spain after a rain shower. Was wondering if you could identify.
William
Mazzaron, Spain

Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac from Spain
Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac from Spain

Hi William,
This is a female Wolf Spider, but we are not certain of the species.  Female Wolf Spiders drag their egg sacs around with them and once the spiderlings hatch, the mother spider will carry the young on her back for several days until they disperse.  This care method probably has the advantage of distributing the spiderlings in a larger area because of the mobility of the adult.

Letter 2 – Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

 

What’s That Bug
While hiking along a creek in Austin Texas we came upon this ‘spider’ looking bug. He looks exactly like a spider other than he has 6 legs instead of 8. Anyone seen one like him before???

Sometimes the number of legs on an individual specimen cannot be used as the only criterion for determining identification. This is a female Wolf Spider carrying about her Spiderlings. Some trauma in her life has caused the loss of two legs.

Letter 3 – Wolf Spider with Eggsac

 

I belive it is..
I live in east Texas and found this spider in the house, as best as I can tell it is a wolf spider, with egg sack, and was wondering if you could confirm this for me. Thanks
Mike Dillon

Hi Mike,
You are correct. This is a female Wolf Spider dragging her Egg Sac.

Letter 4 – Wolf Spider with Eggsac and Mites

 

Egg sack carrying yellow spider – Manitoba
August 31, 2009
Hello. The enclosed photos are of a lovely spider we encountered on our walk on the boardwalk over Ominik Marsh, in Clear Lake, Manitoba.
It was about 1 inch long, yellowy, and as you can see it was carrying an egg sack (we think), and had either some sort of parasite or baby spiders on it as well – the red things.
Hope you can help with the ID. Thank you for your time, and congrats on the book.
M.M.
Ominik Marsh, Clear Lake, Manitoba, Canada

Wolf Spider with Eggsac and Mites
Wolf Spider with Eggsac and Mites

Dear M.M.,
This is a female Wolf Spider and she is carrying her eggsac.  Additionally, she is transporting some red mites on her body.  There are some Mites that are phoretic, and use larger arthropods for transportation purposes only, but we suspect your photo shows Mites in the genus Leptus and that genus is parasitic based on some BugGuide images.  We of course would welcome an expert opinion on this matter.

Letter 5 – Wolf Spider with Egg Sac

 

Subject: I love this spider in PA
Location: Skippack, PA
August 30, 2015 6:36 pm
I saw the spider while I was out jogging and I have never seen anything like it. I am in Pennsylvania not far from Philadelphia, in the suburbs you may say near a wooded area. It looks like it was carrying babies.
Please could you help me identify please could you help me identify us it.
Signature: Chris

Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac
Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac

Hi Chris,
Female Wolf Spiders, like your individual, drag their egg sac behind them to protect it, and once the spiders hatch, the young spiderlings ride about on the body of the female spider for a few days before dispersing.

Reader Emails

Over the years, our website, whatsthatbug.com has received hundreds of letters and some interesting images asking us about these insects. Scroll down to have a look at some of them.

Letter 1 – Wolf Spider with Egg Sac from Spain

 

What is this bug?
Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 3:03 AM
Found this bug drying out on a brick in the Mazzaron region of Spain after a rain shower. Was wondering if you could identify.
William
Mazzaron, Spain

Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac from Spain
Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac from Spain

Hi William,
This is a female Wolf Spider, but we are not certain of the species.  Female Wolf Spiders drag their egg sacs around with them and once the spiderlings hatch, the mother spider will carry the young on her back for several days until they disperse.  This care method probably has the advantage of distributing the spiderlings in a larger area because of the mobility of the adult.

Letter 2 – Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

 

What’s That Bug
While hiking along a creek in Austin Texas we came upon this ‘spider’ looking bug. He looks exactly like a spider other than he has 6 legs instead of 8. Anyone seen one like him before???

Sometimes the number of legs on an individual specimen cannot be used as the only criterion for determining identification. This is a female Wolf Spider carrying about her Spiderlings. Some trauma in her life has caused the loss of two legs.

Letter 3 – Wolf Spider with Eggsac

 

I belive it is..
I live in east Texas and found this spider in the house, as best as I can tell it is a wolf spider, with egg sack, and was wondering if you could confirm this for me. Thanks
Mike Dillon

Hi Mike,
You are correct. This is a female Wolf Spider dragging her Egg Sac.

Letter 4 – Wolf Spider with Eggsac and Mites

 

Egg sack carrying yellow spider – Manitoba
August 31, 2009
Hello. The enclosed photos are of a lovely spider we encountered on our walk on the boardwalk over Ominik Marsh, in Clear Lake, Manitoba.
It was about 1 inch long, yellowy, and as you can see it was carrying an egg sack (we think), and had either some sort of parasite or baby spiders on it as well – the red things.
Hope you can help with the ID. Thank you for your time, and congrats on the book.
M.M.
Ominik Marsh, Clear Lake, Manitoba, Canada

Wolf Spider with Eggsac and Mites
Wolf Spider with Eggsac and Mites

Dear M.M.,
This is a female Wolf Spider and she is carrying her eggsac.  Additionally, she is transporting some red mites on her body.  There are some Mites that are phoretic, and use larger arthropods for transportation purposes only, but we suspect your photo shows Mites in the genus Leptus and that genus is parasitic based on some BugGuide images.  We of course would welcome an expert opinion on this matter.

Letter 5 – Wolf Spider with Egg Sac

 

Subject: I love this spider in PA
Location: Skippack, PA
August 30, 2015 6:36 pm
I saw the spider while I was out jogging and I have never seen anything like it. I am in Pennsylvania not far from Philadelphia, in the suburbs you may say near a wooded area. It looks like it was carrying babies.
Please could you help me identify please could you help me identify us it.
Signature: Chris

Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac
Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac

Hi Chris,
Female Wolf Spiders, like your individual, drag their egg sac behind them to protect it, and once the spiders hatch, the young spiderlings ride about on the body of the female spider for a few days before dispersing.

Reader Emails

Over the years, our website, whatsthatbug.com has received hundreds of letters and some interesting images asking us about these insects. Scroll down to have a look at some of them.

Reader Emails

Over the years, our website, whatsthatbug.com has received hundreds of letters and some interesting images asking us about these insects. Scroll down to have a look at some of them.

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4 thoughts on “Brown Spider with Black Front Legs: Unveiling the Mystery Arachnid”

  1. Seminole County Fl..I killed a wolf spider tonight… Blackish brown color except for the hugh , white egg sack that was on its rear. .Very nasty looking and I am not sure if it was poisonous. Just didn’t want it to bite my husbands back…I think it fell out of tree as we were walking to the store.

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