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Subject: Spider I’ve never seen!
Location: Sugar Hill, GA
June 26, 2014 7:25 am
Hello Bugman!
First of all, love the site. I visit often as I am absolutely fascinated by bugs 🙂
I’m wondering if you can help ID this spider. I found it by my front door late this (summer) morning. I live in Georgia, northeast of Atlanta, and have never seen a spider like this one. I tried to ID it on my own, to no avail.
Please help! My 3 year old daughter and I would love to know what it is.
Thanks!
Signature: Sarah W

Longjawed Orbweaver

Long-Jawed Orbweaver

Dear Sarah,
This is a Long-Jawed Orbweaver in the family Tetragnathidae, and it is most likely in the genus Tetragnatha, but we cannot say for certain which species.  You can compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.

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Subject: Red Legged Purse Web spider (male)
Location: Eno River State Park, NC
June 18, 2014 8:13 am
I was hiking with my son at the Eno River State Park in North Carolina. We discovered this spider crawling on the ground. It actually paused for the photo. It was bigger than a quarter.
I think I identified it as a male red legged purse web spider. It has rather large fangs.
Does it bite? Will it’s fangs pierce human skin?
I understand that they make silk funnels on a tree or rock face and then hide behind the silk wall waiting for prey. As the prey enters the funnel, the spider lunges and bites through the silk wall.
It’s quite a cool spider.
Signature: James Chamberlain

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

Dear James,
Thanks so much for sending in your image of a male Red Legged Purseweb Spider,
Sphodros rufipes.  The information you have is consistent with what we have read.  We have not read anything regarding the bite of a Red Legged Purseweb Spider, however, the fangs do look formidable and we are guessing they might be able to bite a human, though in general, Spiders in the Infraorder Mygalomorphae, which include Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders, are not aggressive toward humans.

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Subject: Spider
Location: Holliston, MA
June 7, 2014 12:42 pm
Hi bug man this guy was outside of my garage. We have wetlands on backyard so we see spiders but this one is new. Live in holliston ma saw on 6/7/14 during the day. Is it dangerous?
Signature: Spider

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

This is a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes, and they are considered harmless.

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Subject: Spiders
Location: Helena, Montana
June 13, 2014 12:42 am
Hi!
For some reason, there seems to be an abundance of spiders in our home this Spring/Summer. We did a super deep spring cleaning, and now, there are spiders everywhere! We’ve already killed three black widows this week. One of these is aggressive. I keep finding them in curtains, folded laundry, closets, etc. I think it’s two different spiders due to the size difference. Out of instinct(I have two young children) I kill them ASAP, but I have to wonder, what are these. The one that I sent two pictures of intrigued me. The body reminded me of a shell, almost. The colour was also odd. Black and white with a striped pattern… Last time I saw a spider even similar to this one, I was told it was poisonous.
Signature: Brittany

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Hi Brittany,
The pretty striped spider is a harmless Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  We haven’t the time to do additional research at this time as we are in the process of postdating identification requests to go live in our absence as we are leaving for holiday in a few hours.

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Subject: Wolf or Fishing Spider???
Location: Chocowinity, NC
June 12, 2014 4:33 am
Found this in Chocowinity, NC in the garage. House is off the river on a canal access. We see these all the time in our areas of Eastern NC and are not sure exactly what it is. Some call it a Wolf Spider, and it resembles a Dark Fishing Spider. Can you tell what it is?
My husband, who is a home inspector and sees this all the time, says they are not aggressive. Not sure why they need to be, at that size… I would hurt myself!
Signature: PZ

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Hi PZ,
There is not enough detail to be certain, but we would lean toward Fishing Spider in genus
Dolomedes.

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Subject: spider in Equatorial Guinea
Location: Equatorial Guinea
June 2, 2014 7:39 am
Found spinning huge webs on a fence in the rainforest in May was wondering if it was a golden web orb spider maybe?
Thanks
Signature: susan

Orbweaver eats Dragonfly

Orbweaver eats Dragonfly

Dear Susan,
We tried to identify this Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, and we did not have any luck.  So it is an Orbweaver, but we cannot provide a species name at this time.

Orbweaver

Orbweaver

Thank you, it is a beauty but glad it was outside and not in my cabin!

Karl provides an identification
Hi Daniel and Susan:
This is a Golden Orbweaver or Golden Silk Orbweaver in the genus Nephila (family Nephilidae, probably N. turneri, which occurs throughout west and central Africa. Regards.  Karl

 

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