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All things Arachnid: articles, photos, videos, art, and ID requests are welcome.

All things Arachnid: articles, photos, videos, and ID requests are welcome.

BEFORE YOU POST:

This is a "No Nope Zone." Hackneyed jokes referencing fire, "nopes," or gratuitously killing spiders will be removed or downvoted to oblivion.

x-posts from r/WTF are not allowed. Posts referencing that subreddit will be deleted.

Include geographic location (country, state, province, region) with ID requests. There are tens of thousands of species -- this helps narrow it down.

There is no need to crosspost to /r/whatsthisbug - the same people identify spiders on both subreddits.

Do not post pictures of "bites" unless you personally witnessed the spider biting the person. If you're asking "Is this a spider bite?" the answer is almost certainly no. Pictures of random red bumps or yucky patches will be removed.

Photo tips: The most helpful views for identifying a spider include:

  • a view from directly above

  • the eyes

  • a view from below

These are just tips -- if you didn't get a chance to get these, post what you've got! The spider sleuths will do their best.


Making IDs

Amateurs are encouraged to guess. An important exception is guesses about medically significant spiders (widows, recluses, etc). In those cases, leave it to people who know. Otherwise, an innocent person or spider could get hurt.


Is it dangerous?

The vast majority of spiders are harmless to humans. If you live in North America, there are only TWO types of spiders with the potential to cause serious harm:

Severe reactions are rare. A lot of spiders may look similar. If you aren't sure about your spider, please post and ask! By the way, science does not support that hobo spiders pose any threat.

Outside N. America, the following spiders have the potential to be medically significant (list may not be comprehensive):


External links to spider ID resources:

Bugguide: Spiders of U.S. & Canada

Field Guide to Spiders of Australia

Spiders of Europe and Greenland

British Spiders

U.K. Safari Spider Guide

European Spiders

Arachnids of Southern Africa

araneae key

PBI World Spider Catalog

Eye arrangements

Male orbweavers


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My girl was really struggling to fit back in there 😭

This gets more adorable the more I watch it... That feeling when you're a fearsome killer but your bum is too juicy :(

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2024/06/12
16:08 UTC

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[Central TX, USA] Redback? What is this?

Found this on my bathroom door a couple mornings ago. To me it looks like some kind of Latrodectus, it's red markings being on top of the abdomen+ those two loooong front legs. But redbacks aren't supposed to be in Texas....should I be worried?

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2024/06/12
16:07 UTC

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Baby Joro spider fir cross identification

I had the choose from about 30 of these little guys living in the bushes. Another easy way to ID a joro is their janky ass web. They tend to repair and add to webs whereas native north GA orb weavers tend to tear down and make new webs. Joros are very chill and harmless. The only down side to many many more spiders is that they are pushing the native golden orbs and common orbs out. The joros are much heartier and don't mind living and working with each other. In the past they have formed giant webs with 10+ spiders in there building off each other. I need a new phone/camera

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2024/06/12
16:01 UTC

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Found in Wisconsin bathroom

About 3/4" long, pretty fast. Who is this leggy boi?

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2024/06/12
15:53 UTC

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Think I found my first tarantula in the wild

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2024/06/12
15:48 UTC

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Spider ID please

North East Texas

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2024/06/12
15:42 UTC

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ID? South Eastern Pennsylvania

Thought Parson Spider, this one is huge, though.

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2024/06/12
15:27 UTC

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Spiders find my wife

We live in a house from the late 60s, in the Bay Area, and I feel like we have a lot of spiders.

The thing is my wife seems to find all the ones who come in the house...in very upsetting ways.

Landing on hair, coming down from the bathroom fan vent while bathing, walking straight towards her on the living room rug.

It happens not frequently but often enough that we talk about it.

Now, I am a skeptic of my own understanding of the world and am always interested to learn more, so, why would one person over another be sought out, found, and otherwise noticed spiders more than another?

PS, I work from home and spend many more hours in the places she has found these spiders in(Garage, bathroom, and couch).

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2024/06/12
15:13 UTC

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What is this cute little guy? (Denver, Colorado)

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2024/06/12
14:59 UTC

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What is this? It legitimately looked like it was covered in gold! Southern California (Orange County).

I have a video of it as well, it appeared to walk on the back six legs. The front two almost look like pinchers or claws...

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2024/06/12
14:51 UTC

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What is this guy in my office?

San Antonio, Texas, United States. I'm not well versed in arachnids, so I thought maybe a brown recluse (because brown legs and markings on the abdomen) but the body is too dark, abdomen too large, and the markings aren't super fiddly. First floor of an office building crawling across the tile near our storage area.

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2024/06/12
14:36 UTC

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Is this a Joro or a native lookalike? In Georgia, United States.

Wondering if I should feed to my chickens or not

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2024/06/12
14:11 UTC

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Found in southern California. Anyone know what kind of spider this is?

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2024/06/12
13:59 UTC

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