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mystery spider
hey bugman,
I found this thing hanging from its string, over my bed. Here he is. He’s about the size of a nickel. Do you know what it is? I absolutely LOVE your website,

Hi Eytan,
This is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae. Argiopes are sometimes called Writing Spiders, but this is the first time we have seen a Reading Spider.

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Two spiders?
Hi Bugman. I have two pictures for you. The first is a diminutive spider I spotted on my back fence above my compost bin this morning. Can you identify it and tell me a little about it? I’ve never seen one shaped like this.

The second photo is gratuitous. I believe you may have received photos of similar spiders before, but it’s such a gorgeous bug I thought I’d send it anyway. I took the picture in Belize in Nov. 2003. Can you confirm the species?
Thanks for your help!
Ryan in Northern CA

Hi Ryan,
Your Belize spider is a female Silver Argiope, Argiope argentata. It is a tropical species which is also found in the Southern Continental states. Your small spider I am less sure about. It is difficult to tell based on your photo. It might be a male orb weaver which are often smaller and differently colored than the more commonly seen females.

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Zambian spider
Hi Bugman,
While walking on a path overlooking Victoria Falls in Zambia I walked face first into this spider’s web. The web was very strong and an interesting yellow colour. After checking out some of the pictures on your site I am guessing that it is a banana spider. Do we have them over here? Please let me know what it was that almost made me jump over the edge of the falls.

Hi Mike,
Awesome images. The Banana Spider you saw on our site is Nephila clavipes, the Golden Silk Spider. Your spider definitely looks like a close relative in the same genus.

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This was on our lounge room wall in Sydney, Australia at 1:00am. We presume it is a huntsman. Yuck!

Hi Steve,
You are correct, this is a Huntsman or Banana Spider in the genus Heteropoda. They are also know as Giant Crab Spiders.

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What kind of spider is this?
Hi Bugman!
Attached is a spider that was found at 6 mile lake Muskoka, Ontario Canada. It was 5" sitting. Please tell us…What kind of spider is this?
Thank you.
The Toronto Sun Creative Staff

Dear Creative Staff,
This is a Dolomedes Fishing Spider. They are capable of running across water and diving beneath the surface, and occasionally catch small fish.

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