Spider Identification

Is This Spider Friend or Foe?

There are many spiders in the xeric garden - they love the dry conditions, and the many insects that you will welcome there. Spider identification is a difficult process; first you need to be observant about what kind of web they weave, if any, and where they prefer to be.

Unidentified Spider

Some are partial to open sites where their webs can be strung between trees or shrubs.

These seem to have a knack for making their webs right at face level, so you walk into them early in the morning.

Others are tunneling spiders, making a hole in the ground with a trapdoor, lying in wait.

Others, like the brightly patterned jumping spiders, don't use a web at all - they simply sprint after their prey, running them down on foot.

Each spider occupies a very small niche, perfectly adapted to its environment.

Find out more about spiders in your xeric garden with the Spider Identification Guide here:


Scroll through the entries below...

...click on the links for more about each spider...

False widow???  
A nest of around 6 found inside the rim of a table that had been in the garden for a while. Hi Susannah, I don't think this is a black widow, if that's …

what kind of spider is this? 
I was camping in Wisconsin and found this spider on the back side of my tent. I saw the shadow from the front and thought that the shadow was going to …

Can someone tell me what kind of spider this is? 
I was carring in some stackable trays from my garage and the next thing I knew it felt like something was stinging me on the upper inside part of my leg, …

Black Widow Spider 
The name 'Black Widow Spider' creates a horror in many people - even though many Black Widow Spiders are not black. The juveniles can be tan, beige or …

unk 
Came out of my tiki torch Based on the long hairs, and striped legs I'm going to go with the Long Legged Wolf Spider or close relative. Going …

Poisonous or Not? 
I was sitting on my couch here in South Western Oklahoma about 8 pm and it was fairly dim lighted. I put my arm up on the arm rest of the couch and I …

Stripey Spider 
A friend in Florida fond this spider outside on her porch and she wanted to know what kind it is and if its dangerous? Hi Sharon, this spider is …

What is this spider? 
Found in my house tonight. Las Vegas, Nevada. The picture looks a little green, it looked more brown. If you know what it is or is it dangerous let me …

What is this spider? 
Hi We live in South Africa and this spider has been in the garden for almost 6 months. Do you know what it is, and if it is venomous? Hi Andre, …

not sure  
Found both of these spiders at my house and both seem to be very aggressive to people. I am not concerned with my self, but I am concerned with my 4 year …

Spider 002 
cream coloured with light brown strip Drought Smart Plants reply: Hi Dale, without knowing more about where you found this great looking racy type, …

big, black, and hairy 
My husband and I were getting ready for bed when I spotted a spider crawling across the carpet. He was 2 - 2.5 inches in size, velvet black, long thick …

scorpion 
It is a small scorpion about 2-2 1/2 inches long with its tail laying straight backwards. It is a really dark brown almost black and its underside is …

What type of spider is this? 
My friend actually found this waiting in her hallway when she got home. She trapped it under a glass as she thought it may be one that bites & she had …

Elegant Crab Spider 
I rescued this lovely spider from the screen in the bathroom window - she must have thought that a winter indoors would suit her, but I had other ideas. …

Jumping Spider 
These little spiders seem to have a sense of humour - this one spent about ten minutes investigating me, my book and the arm of the chair, and easily jumped …

Daddy Long Legs Spider 
Daddy Long Legs spiders are active and athletic. Their extremely long legs and big body seems at first glance to be like a childs drawing, but they are …

Goldenrod Spider 
Known by their Latin name of Minumena vatia, these elegant pale yellow spiders have red stripes on their sides, leading to their other name of Red-Spotted …

what type of spider is this? 
I saw this spider a few months ago on an old car ramp leaning by a little shed,I haven't seen one like it before so was a little bewildered as to what …

Huge Black spider!!! 
I live in scotland so the spiders you get aren't really that big until this came along!!! Would be great if you could tell me what type it is and if …

Sheet Web Weavers 
There are many different spiders in this family, and even an experienced biologist can have difficulty with this one. They have long slender legs with …

Nursery Web Spider 
These drab coloured brownish grey spiders hide under pieces of wood, or among the larger bits of unfinished compost. They're quick to run away, carrying …


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