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"Spiders:  guarding the homestead while you're on vacation." C. Davis

New as of  March 23, 2015

Female preserving the species - genus Metepeira "Desert Orb Weaver"

Running Crab Spider - Philodromus histrio

Double-barreled Spider - ballooning at Bear River MBR

Note:  This is not a scientific site but merely a photographic journal.  I know nothing about spiders except what I learn through asking experts or
from mere observation so my guess at identification of spider species may be right or wrong.  Contact experts at your extension service for precise
 identification.  These photos are for your enjoyment or to give you a general idea of what spider you may be seeing around the house or cabin.  The
more you learn about nature, the less you have to be afraid of everything that scurries your way. . Copyright information is at the bottom of the page.

    Jumping Spider (Salticidae)
     Orb Weaver (Araneidae)
     Crab Spider (Thomisidae)
    Cobweb Spider - including Black Widows (Theridiidae)
    • Candy Stripe Spider (female) - (Enoplognatha ovata) - white spider with a rose-colored vee in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Candy Stripe Spider (male) - (Enoplognatha ovata) - photos of him and then photos of his demise
    • Black Widow Male and Female - (Latrodectus hesperus) - dining on a Neoscona orb weaver
    • Black Widow - (Latrodectus hesperus) - female just hanging about
    • Black Widow Spider - immature female - (Latrodectus hesperus) - on a bridge on Antelope Island
    • Black Widow - female and hatchlings - (Latrodectus hesperus) - in St. George, Utah
    • Black Widow - female - (Latrodectus hesperus) - one on Antelope Island and two in St. George
    • Black Widow - immature - (Latrodectus hesperus)  - brown spider with orange, white and black markings
    • Black Widow with Prey - male -  (Latrodectus hesperus) - brown and white male instar with ant prey
    • Black Widow - mature male - (Latrodectus hesperus) - on Antelope Island
    • Black Widow - male - (Latrodectus hesperus) - hanging next to the wall
    • Black Widow - immature male -  (Latrodectus hesperus) - immature male on Antelope Island
    • Cobweb Spider - (genus Robertus) - tiny black and brown spider on Antelope Island
    • Cobweb Dreams - portrait in black and white
    • Steatoda - brown spider with orange markings at Strawberry Res., Wasatch Cnty, Utah
    • Steatoda - brown spider near the Lazy Day Cafe in Millcreek, Utah
    • Steatoda - another larger dimpled brown cobweb spider in Millcreek
    • Steatoda - at Clear Lake WMA in Millard County, UT
    • Steatoda triangulosa & prey - in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Steatoda triangulosa - in Taylorsville, UT
    • Theridion - (Theridion melanurum) -small dark male spider with striped legs in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Theridion - (possible Theridion melanurum) - female trying to secure a spinning moth in its web in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Theridion - a family gathering lunch in Taylorsville, UT
    • Theridion 2 - mating cobweb spiders
    • Theridion 3  - tiny cobweb spider (possibly) and a midge meal
    • Theridion 4 - brown and yellow cobweb spider at Brighton, Utah  
     Funnel-web Weaver (Agelenidae)
    • Barn Funnel Weaver - (Tegenaria domestica) - light brown funnel weaver in Taylorsville, UT
    • Funnel Weavers - four pages of various species of funnel weavers
    • Funnels of the Funnel Weavers - webs of the funnel weaver spiders
    • Grass Spider - (Agelenopsis) - grass spider with long spinnerets guarding my hydrangea
    • Grass Spider - (Agelenopsis) - large  male Grass spider in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Grass Spider - (Agelenopsis) - large brown spider with bristly legs on Antelope Island
    • Hobo Spider - (Eratigena agrestis - formerly Tegenaria agrestis) - brown spider with chevron pattern in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Hobo Spider - (Eratigena agrestis) - brown spider with no rings on the legs in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Hololena - funnel-web spider tethered to the tub in Taylorsville, Utah
      Ground Spider (Gnaphosidae)
     Prowling Spider - Yellow Sac Spiders (Miturgidae)  aka Long-legged Sac Spiders

     Sheetweb Weavers (Linyphiinae)

  • Bowl and Doily Weaver - (Frontinella communis) - at Tonaquint Nature Park in St. George, UT
  • Filmy Dome Spider - (Neriene radiata) - on the Emerald Pools trail in Zion NP
  • Hammock Spider - (genus Pityohyphantes) - tiny spiders with patterned backs
  • Sheetweb Spider - (genus Linyphiinae) - in Weber County, Utah
  • Dwarf Spider - (Grammonota) - tiny tan spidser with brown stripes in Taylorsville, UT
  • Sheetweb Weaver - (Megalepthyphantes nebulosus) - small dark spider with a light brown carapace and striped legs in Taylorsville, UT
  • Sheetweb or Dwarf Spider - (Linyphiidae) - small speckled brown spider at Strawberry Reservoir
     Spitting Spider   (Scytodidae)
  • Spitting Spider - (Scytodes thoracica) - another female one in Taylorsville, Utah (with some possible silk entanglement)
  • Spitting Spider - (Scytodes thoracica) -  beautifully-pattterned (expectorating) brown spiders in Taylorsville, UT
  • Spitting Spider - (Scytodes thoracica) - another one I found a year later in another part of the house
     Wolf Spider (Lycosidae)      Other Spiders & Arachnids

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I love this quote by Rod Crawford from the Burke Museum "...house spiders are mostly harmless and beneficial. Human property rights
mean nothing to other species. There was spider habitat for millions of years where your home is now. My advice is, 'just wave as they go by.'"

  Note: All spider identifications are merely a guess by a spider admirer. Input from experts would be
greatly appreciated! (birdbrain@amazingnature.us) Thanks to Bugguide.net for helping to identify the arachnids on this site. If you
want to see detailed information on the parts of a spider, I found a Belgian website, presented by
Gie Wyckmans, that is very detailed.

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