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Subject:  Scorpion spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Secunda, South Africa
Date: 03/10/2019
Time: 03:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this spidey just inside my entrance at night. Decided to coax it outside.
How you want your letter signed:  Manfred

Scorpion Spider

Dear Manfred,
This is a beautiful image of a Scorpion Spider, a species that seems especially feared in South Africa, at least that is what the inquiries we receive tend to indicate.  Because you relocated this fascinating Scorpion Spider to the outdoors, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you, much appreciated!
Kind regards


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Subject:  Unidentified Green Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Surrey, UK
Date: 02/28/2019
Time: 06:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I found this spider in my house this evening.
It looks very different to other spiders that I’ve seen in the UK before and google can’t help me identify what it is.  Please can you have a look and see if you can identify it?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks!

Crab Spider: Diaea dorsata

This is a Crab Spider and once we determined the family, it was easy to locate the identity of Diaea dorsata, which is pictured on FlickR and it is only identified to the family level on Sussex Rambler.

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Subject:  spider
Geographic location of the bug:  India
Date: 02/19/2019
Time: 06:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I would love to know more about this beautiful spider whose picture I have attached for you. I have no complaints,  curiousity pulls me here. I found it jumping among the flowerpots one day and it was very swift. I love its colour. The spider was 1 cm and blue-green. 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  ugh

Jumping Spider

Dear ugh,
This is a male Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  Jumping Spiders are considered harmless, and they do not spin webs to snare prey.  Instead, they have excellent eyesight and they are able to pounce on prey from a considerable distance with amazing accuracy.  Many Jumping Spiders have metallic markings and bright colors.  We have not found any matching images online in our quick search, so we cannot provide you with an exact species at this time.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in with a link to a species identification.

Jumping Spider

Thank you so much!
I’m delighted to finally know the name of my spider! you’re right, it was of a metallic colour resembling the blue or green-bottle fly. And  you’re right again as it was very jumpy!
I was wrong to imagine it is poisonous too, as I had the notion that all gorgeous-looking and colourful insects are poisonous.
Thanks for your time 🙂
Have a great day
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Subject:  Sphodros rufipes?
Geographic location of the bug:  Huntingtown, Maryland
Date: 02/06/2019
Time: 01:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Have I correctly identified this guy and his he poisonous to humans and dogs?
How you want your letter signed:  Lori S

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

Dear Lori,
This is indeed a beautiful, male Red Legged Purseweb Spider.  This species poses no significant threat to humans or animals.  According to Animal Diversity Web:  “These spiders are rarely encountered by humans and are not pests. While venomous, they only serve as a threat to those who are highly sensitive to insect bites.”

Thank you. I understand that it’s rare to see one….supposedly. Either way, I  thought it was a beautiful sight. Thank you for getting back to me.
Lori Sampson

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Subject:  Ugly spiders
Geographic location of the bug:  Arizona
Date: 02/05/2019
Time: 02:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I’m NOT a fan of spiders in my home, & we’ve seen Huntsmen Spiders here about 6″ crawling on the ceiling @ night-freaked me out!! I do have a healthy fascination for the tarantulas because they don’t come into my home!lol
While cleaning up debris outdoors at our new home we discovered 3 of the UGLIEST spiders, & after closer examination, we realized we uncovered baby tarantulas that grow to be absolutely stunning!! We felt badly as it’s now the cold winter so I felt badly as many species of tarantulas are in a rapid decline due to habitat loss & the pet trade, & we were able to find them a new home, however, we discovered that people who have lived here their entire lives have NEVER seen spiderlings, so here they are!
Desert Blondie (Aphonopelma Chalcodes)
How you want your letter signed:  Sheila

Immature Tarantula

Dear Sheila,
Our first inclination was that your images picture Trapdoor Spiders, which are classified with Tarantulas in the infraorder Mygalomorphae, but upon thoroughly reading what you wrote, and then researching on BugGuide, we agree that these are immature Tarantulas.  Thanks so much for sending in your images, and because, despite your dislike for Spiders, you took the trouble to relocate these immature Tarantulas, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Immature Tarantula

Dear Daniel,
I LOVE Tarantulas, & unfortunately, sadly they’re in decline all over the world, much of it due to pet trade! They are truly peaceful creatures and a threat to no one!
Thanks so much for honoring me with that reward, I feel very humbled seeing that many others do the same, although most everyone that looked at the pics “felt the hair stand up all over”! lol
Keep up the good work as you definitely have people look at bugs differently & in a positive way than they might have previously!

Hi Sheila,
We are presuming you meant “pet trade” and not “pest trade” so we are making a correction.

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Subject:  Spider identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Dawesville, western Australia.
Date: 01/19/2019
Time: 08:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there can you please help me identify this Spider. It disappears during the day and on dusk creates a beautiful web everyday. The web is always built in the same place between our house and lemon  tree. Its bright orange with no distinct pattern on the top of the abdomen.
Tonight was the first night I have noticed her hanging in a few lines of web but has not create d one. After looking around I have spotted another smaller orange Spider which I assume is a male. I have attached pictures of both
How you want your letter signed:  Stephanie

Garden Orbweaver

Dear Stephanie,
This is a harmless Orbweaver in the family Araneidae.  We believe it is a Garden Orbweaver, (
Eriophora transmarina or Araneus transmarina) which is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “Garden Orb Web Spiders are nocturnal spiders. They are large size spiders. The mature female spiders are about 50mm (leg to leg) in size. Males are a bit smaller, about 25mm leg to leg. The spiders are brown in colour with variety patterns on their flat abdomen. They build vertical orb web in garden and bushland. The spiders sit in the middle of the web and waiting for insects in night time. They build webs between trees or shrubs. The webs are usually one meter in diameter and about one or two meters above ground. The spider leaves a hole at the centre of the web.  Garden Orb Web Spiders build webs after sunset and move into retreat during the day time. The retreat can be leaves or tree trunks near by. When they rest, their legs fold up tightly against its body. If their webs are not damaged, they may leave the webs for next night, or they keep the silk material by eating them all before sun rise. When they collect the web silks, usually they will leave the top silk, the bridge thread. (There are some advantages for the spiders to leave the bridge thread on site.”

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