Subject: Sphodros rufipes?
Geographic location of the bug: Huntingtown, Maryland
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
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.