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Spider in Germany, Deployed Husband OH MY!
Location:  Southwestern Germany
September 26, 2010 2:57 pm
Hello! I am coming across these fabulous creatures almost daily in my home and can’t take much more. My husband is currently deployed and I can only handle so much. We are currently stationed in Germany, and while I love it here, I can’t take these guys greeting me when I first wake up. Plus, my son and I have been experiencing bites on our face and arms, and can’t help but wonder if these guys have something to do with it? Some are as big as my palm!
Please help so I can make it through the last 6 weeks of this 6 month deployment. I appreciate your help!
Signature:  Scared Military Spouse in Europe

Grass Spider

Dear Scared Military Spouse,
WE do not recognize your Spider, but in the interest of providing you with some information, we are posting your letter with the image of an unidentified Spider in the hopes that our readership will be able to come to your assistance.

Karl bails us out again: Unknown Spider from Germany – September 26, 2010
Hi Daniel:
I think this is probably a Funnel Weaving or Grass Spider (Agelenidae) in the genus Tegenaria. A family characteristic is eight eyes, in two rows of four, and I think I can just make out the top row in the photo. The common English names in northern Europe for spiders in this genus include House, Giant House, Common House and Domestic Spider (and probably more). There are at least 12 representatives in that part of Europe and they look too similar to me to make a call, but I think it may be either T. atrica or T. domestica. The infamous Hobo Spider of western North America is in the same genus (T. agrestis), and is actually an accidental introduction from Europe. Although they are all venomous, other than the Hobo Spider they don’t appear to have a reputation for biting humans (they do frighten them, however). The really long legged ones are males and they are the ones that are commonly seen wandering around homes in the fall in search of females. Regards.  Karl

Karl is my hero! Danke!
I’d like to send some German Spider-Free Chocolate as a thank you. May I please have your mailing address?
Vielen Dank,
Anna Roser

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Location:  Honduras
September 20, 2010 12:03 pm
hi, i found this spider in my house, Valle de Angeles, Honduras
Signature:  Carlos Cesar Quan Carrasco

Golden Silk Spider

Dear Carlos,
We do not receive many requests from Honduras.  Your spider is
Nephila clavipes, the Golden Silk Spider or Banana Spider.  The female, represented in your photo, is about 50X the size of the diminutive male.  The silk in the web of a Golden Silk Spider is very strong and gold in color, and small birds are known to become ensnared in the webs.  The spider in your photo has not yet reached full size.

Golden Silk Spider

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Golden Orb Spider
Location:  Hickroy, NC
September 19, 2010 7:24 pm
Dear Bugman,
A few weeks ago you helped identify a Golden Orb Spider for us. We have enjoyed watching it spin and catch it’s prey. We just came back from a camping trip and went to check the back window for our friend. Her web has changed dramatically and there are 2 large brown sacks (each about the size of a large grape) hanging at the corner of the door frame. Would these possibly be egg sacks from our Golden Orb? Any thoughts?
Signature:  Dlee

Golden Orbweaver Egg Sacs

Dear Dlee,
You are correct.  These Egg Sacs were made by your Golden Orbweaver.  She may have died of natural causes or been eaten, or perhaps she just moved away, which explains why her web is no longer maintained.  The eggs will hatch in the spring, and hundreds of spiderlings will balloon off on the wind to be dispersed throughout the area.

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This is George
Location:  Northeast Ohio
September 15, 2010 7:21 pm
This guy has spent the summer vacationing in the upper left corner of our bedroom window. I dubbed him George and told him as long as he stays outside he can be my friend. I do believe he is an orb weaver, although I’ve been unable to find any orb weaver that looks quite like him.
Signature:  Lisa Insana


Hi Lisa,
While we may not be able to identify this member of the genus
Araneus to the species level, we can tell you for certain that you might want to consider renaming her Georgina or Georgette.

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Parson Spider
Location:  Atlanta, Ga. USA
September 8, 2010 10:55 pm
Thanks to your site, which led me to Bug Guide, I think I have identified our mystery spider. We found it indoors in a suburb near Atlanta, Ga. USA. I’m reasonably sure it is a Parson Spider, and since I see no pictures of Parson Spiders on your site I thought I’d offer mine. The poor thing is missing 2 legs (not our doing), but it’s easily identifiable nonetheless.
Love your site. Thanks!
(PS- I am resending this as it apparently did not go through earlier. I sure hope I’m not sending multiple copies, and if I did then I apologize!)
Signature:  Kit

Parson Spider

Hi Kit,
Thanks so much for sending and then resending this image of a Parson Spider,
Herpyllus ecclesiasticus.  We actually do have other images buried deep in our archive, but your letter has given us the opportunity to create a new category for the family Gnaphosidae, the Ground Spiders, and then move our other letters with photographs of Parson Spiders into that category.

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Insect seen on Buford Mountain, Missouri
Location:  Buford Mountain, Missouri
September 6, 2010 8:24 pm
I captured this insect on Buford Mountain in Southern Missouri. It was very odd and I decided to shoot a picture.
Signature:  John Tehan

Whitebanded Crab Spider

Hi John,
This is not an insect.  It is a Crab Spider in the family Thomisidae.  It appears to be a female Whitebanded Crab Spider,
Misumenoides formosipes, a highly variable species that is well represented on BugGuide with photographs documenting its numerous color variations.  Crab Spiders often wait on flowers to ambush pollinating insects that alight without noticing the well camouflaged spiders.

Thank you so much!
This was truly an amazing looking spider. I am glad to know what it really is.
It does look like a crab.
Thanks again.

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