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Is this a fishing spider? I’m from eastern Ohio. I found 3 more of them in my house 2 days ago. Thank you!

Hello, Joshua!

While there are a few similarities, that spider is a Philodromid- a Running Crab Spider. They’re not related to true crab spiders (Thomisidae), but their legs are set up in a similar enough way that they share the name.

The top best guesses I have for you are Philodromus cespitum and Philodromus praelustris. Running crab spiders don’t have a venom that is dangerous to humans. They’re nice to have around- especially with spring temperatures starting to stay up.

Thanks for sharing!

Found this guy in the corner of my canopy!  Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hello, Brian!

That looks like a female huntsman spider, in the genus Heteropoda. The most common species in Florida is H. venatoria. Huntsman- or giant crab- spiders are totally harmless and are great at keeping cockroaches and other pest bugs/insects at bay.

Thanks for sharing!

IN north Jersey can’t figure out what this spider is

Hi, Carmen! Sorry for the delay!

Your spider looks like Dysdera crocata- the woodlouse hunter. Though they have large fangs and can appear intimidating, they are harmless to humans. Their venom isn’t the least bit dangerous, though if cornered they may bite as a last resort

Thank you for sharing!

"Smiling Evil Clown" spider, part 2

sorry, i meant to send the front side first, but here it is (that’s the reason for my caption name in the first place :D )

I hope this gives you a better look at it.

Again, living in South Texas.

By the way, I also found a Camel Spider (or Sun Spider) but that one i could identify with Google. 

Hi again, Ami! Thanks for the follow-up!

It’s a really close call on Argiope argentata and Argiope blanda, but I’m going to stick with A. argentata. The key descriptor for the naked eye is that those protrusions on the abdomen are more pointed on A. blanda. And the ones on your spider seem to be rounded.

Thanks again for sharing! And even though camel spiders aren’t spiders, please feel free to share any photos with us!

What kind of shower is this it was in my baby

Hi, Ashley.

That’s a completely harmless cellar spider, in the family Pholcidae. Since I don’t know where you’re located, I can’t say for certain what genus or species they are, but I think they’re mostly like a Pholcus phalangioides, the long-bodied cellar spider.

Thank you for sharing! I hope the spider is okay!

Hi there,  I came across your website while trying to find some info on a spider I found in my hallway about 30 min ago. I trapped it and captured the linked photo of it.  It was very large compared to any other spiders i’ve seen in our home, which was built in 2006 (two-story colonial with unfinished basement. Backyard faces lightly wooded area.) It is about 3 inches or so from tip of the front leg to tip of the back leg with striped bands on each leg. It’s still in a tuperware container if you need more pictures.  My wife and I aren’t typically bothered by anything like this but our only concern is that our 18 month old daughter sleeps on several blankets the floor (long story) less than 5 feet away from where this guy was found. Let me know if you have any questions. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

[located in Northville, MI]

Here is the picture in case the link expires:

Hi, GF!

That pretty lady is a harmless fishing spider, in the genus Dolomedes. I’m almost certain she’s Dolomedes tenebrosus, though there is a possibility that she could be D. scriptus. D. scriptus tends to have white markings around the “W” pattern on the abdomen, so since I can’t make out any white there, I’m going to stick with D. tenebrosus.

Thank you so much for sharing and for your patience!

I identified this as a juvenile (or possibly a male) silver argiope spider (Argiope argentata), though I’d like a second opinion.  The web was built on a Coastal Prickly Pear Cactus and there were several silver argiope egg cases (probably from last year) on other clumps of the prickly pear.  The body was probably about 8mm.  There were no adult females in the area, though I have seen them in other canyons nearby.  Mesa above San Clemente Canyon, San Diego, CA.

Spot on ID! This is more likely a juvenile Silver Argiope, since this photo of a male doesn’t show the burgeoning lobes that your spider has. I could be mistaken, of course, and this could be a young male. Did you happen to get a look at the palps?

Thanks for sharing such an awesome photo!

Different Jumping Spider from Tecolote Canyon, San Diego, CA.  Body 8-10mm.  This one was found wandering around on the edge of a trail.

This one was much easier! I’m confident that this little guy is Phidippus johnsoni. The second-best option was Phidippus princeps, but they’re mainly found on the east coast.

Thank you for such great photos!

Jumping Spider on Coastal Prickly Pear in San Clemente Canyon, San Diego California.  Body length 8-10mm.  Looks like some kind of Phidippus, though I don’t know which species.

Hi, Cory!

I dug through every Phidippus species on Bugguide and this list and came up with two possibilities. These Salticids can be very tricky! I think your spider is either Phidippus adumbratus or Phidippus arizonensis. P. adumbratus appears to be a slightly better match, but neither of them are exact.

Thank you so much for sharing! Now I can work on IDing the other Salticid and the orb weaver you sent!

"Smiling Evil Clown" spider, :)

I live in South Texas, near Edinburg. i found 2 of these spiders and I would like to know what type of spider they are. They are living among plants in the backyard of the house.

Hi, Ami!

Your spider here is an orb-weaver, in the genus Argiope. I first thought this female was Argiope argentata, but there is a very similar-looking species, located in the southern tip of Texas that could also be a match- Argiope blanda. I can’t find many confirmed ID photos of A. blanda, so I’m going to go with A. argentata. If you can get more photos, from the other side or other angles, please send them in!

Thanks for sharing!