Just a quick question, why do you say that all of the spiders you post are harmless? Is that really true? No disrespect I am honestly curious. Like every single post you use the word “harmless” and idk that doesn’t seem 100% truth to me…
The main reason I say “harmless” is because I’m lazy. :) What I mean when I say that is that the spider does not have a venom that can harm humans. They’re not medically significant. I got tired of typing both of those things out, so I just reverted to the simplest way possible to let the average person know that the spider they found can’t kill them with their venom. “Not medically significant” could also be confusing to some people, is another reason I don’t say it as often.
I in no way meant to imply that a person could jump right in and handle the spider with no risk of being bitten. I don’t recommend anyone try to handle spiders, not unless they’ve been reading about them and are familiar with the species they’ve found, at least. I’m lucky that no spider has seen me as a threat in the 12 1/2 years I’ve been picking them up.
So, while spider bites don’t happen with the frequency that various media (and people) report, that doesn’t mean spiders won’t bite. They do so when they feel threatened or cornered, or when females are protecting their egg sac. They can bite when trapped between clothing and skin. They always have a reason, though that reason might not be apparent to the person who was bitten.
Thank you for bringing that up- I was wondering when someone would call me out on my laziness. :)
A friend of mine sent me a link to keys for dipterans (flies) and I noticed there were what looks like interesting references on northern spiders as well.
Here’s the page link followed by the spider-related references:
Oh awesome! Thanks! I can’t say offhand if I’ve read these, but I’m going to check them out soon and see. Since they’re from the early 1990s and back, some info might have since been changed/revised, but I won’t know till I read and research.
Six of the nine remaining spiders are orb weavers. I think half of those or more are Cross Spiders. :) I’ve already emailed the people that sent the photos, so I’ll post the rest at my leisure. …And probably get more photos in the meantime. G’night, all!