Get a load of this T-Bone Steak! Any idea what he/she is?
Location: Brisbane, Australia.
That lovely lady is one of the Nephila spiders- a golden orb weaver. I think she’s Nephilaplumipes, though since I can’t see the other side of her, I’m not 100% certain. Australia has four known species of Nephila and some of them are remarkably similar in appearance.
Your spider is one of the large, harmless orb-weavers, in the genus Argiope. She appears to be the Signature Spider- Argiope anasuja. When I first started researching her, the first photos I saw didn’t match well, but further investigation provided these twopictures.
There are variations to the patterns on all spiders, so even though yours doesn’t match the majority of the photos that come up in an image search, I feel pretty good with IDing her as A. anasuja.
Though you didn’t include a location, I’m pretty sure your spider is the Lobed Argiope- Argiope lobata. The pattern on her tummy and those blunt spines are good indicators for that species. They’re located throughout Africa, into parts of southern Europe and western Asia. And, like all orb weavers, she does not have a venom that is dangerous to people.
I live in San Diego and i found this one in my backyard, I want to know what kind it is and should i kill it or not? Thanks
First, you shouldn’t kill spiders or any animal. Around 3% of the known spider species on Earth have a venom that is harmful to humans and all spiders would much rather get away from people than waste their valuable venom on a bite. Second- that is a toy spider, designed to look like a tarantula. Maybe someone’s leftover Hallowe’en decoration?
Hi, I found this spider on my restroom wall this evening when I got home from work. I live in Anaheim, Ca and have never seen one like this. Got me worried because I have a three year old and a five month old baby. How dangerous or worried should I be?
You don’t have to be worried at all! That’s a harmless giant crab spider, in the genus Olios. They could be a male or a juvenile of either Olios giganteus or Olios peninsulanus, though I’m leaning more towards O. peninsulanus.
While these spiders do grow rather large, they tend to avoid people and do not have a venom that is dangerous to either humans or pets. As long as your kids know not to just pick up the spider, they’ll be fine. Bites only occur when spiders are cornered or trapped (like in clothing or bed sheets). Biting is always a last resort for spiders.
I would very much so like to know everything about my new front porch friend. A name would be a great start!
Normally I ask submitters to tell me where the spider was photographed, but I recognized this lovely lady immediately- she’s a Spotted Orb Weaver, Neosconacrucifera. And unless you live somewhere that’s warm this time of year, it’s rather unusual to see this species so early. Their season is approximately from mid spring through late autumn.
Spider found in Lane Cove, NSW, Australia (lower North Shore - Sydney)
I’ve been working on this one for most of the day and haven’t been able to find a match. North American spiders are my specialty, but I think I’ve narrowed your spider down to the family level, at least. They are definitely a Mygalomorph (the same group in which tarantulas are found) and appear to be in the family Nemesiidae, consisting of tube trapdoor and wishbone trapdoor spiders. The latter was named for the branching shape of their tunnels.
While the Sydney Funnel Web spider does have a venom that is dangerous to humans, I have not found any information that says Nemesiid spiders’ venom is dangerous.
Sorry I couldn’t be more specific but thanks for sharing such a great photo!
Hey, I found this in my kitchen in East Sussex (UK) - Can you identify it at all? Thanks
She appears to be one of the Steatoda spiders, a false widow. There are three common species in your area- Steatoda bipunctata, S. grossa and S. nobilis. I think she best resembles S. nobilis, though she lacks the pattern common on many spiders of that species. There are variations in both color and pattern, depending on where the spider is located, though. These spiders aren’t dangerously venomous, despite what you may have read.