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Ground Spider - Drassodes neglectus

The Crab Spider and the Unsuspecting Wasp


Another Male Jumping Spider - Phidippus audax - (5 photos)


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)
    • Aculepeira Orb Weaver "Belly Up" - (genus Aculepeira) - female "belly up" in Big Cottonwood Cnyn, UT
    • Aculepeira Orb Weaver (female) - (Aculepeira packardi) - orange and cream colored spider at Promontory Point, Utah       
    • Aculepeira Orb Weaver (male and female) - (Aculepeira packardi) - sharing a web and stick at Promontory Point
    • Banded Argiope - (Argiope trifasciata) - male & female together and a separate female in Mercur, Tooele Cnty, Utah
    • Banded Argiope vs Praying Mantis - 3 photos from Box Elder County, Utah
    • Banded Argiope with stabilimentum - (Argiope trifasciata) - female on Antelope Island with web stabilimentum
    • Banded Argiope Pair - (Argiope trifasciata) - male and female pairing up in Box Elder County, Utah
    • Banded Argiope - (Argiope trifasciata) - four separate solitary males on Antelope Island (6 photos - 2009 thru 2016)
    • Banded Argiope - (Argiope trifasciata) - beautiful large female on Antelope Island
    • Black and Yellow Argiope - (Argiope aurantia) - from Gallatin, Missouri
    • Cat-faced Spider - (Araneus gemmoides) - male hanging around inside the house in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Cat-faced Spider camouflage - (Araneus gemmoides) - orange cat-faced spider seeking camouflage?
    • Cat-faced Spider - (Araneus gemmoides) - male found by Matt & Emily Maughan on the wall inside their home in Orem, UT
    • Cat-faced Spider - (Araneus gemmoides) - two photos in Taylorsville, UT
    • Cat-faced Spider - (Araneus gemmoides) - Ruth's Sulik's find in Alpine, Utah
    • Cross Orb Weaver - (Araneus diadematus) - yellow orb weaver with a white cross on its abdomen in SLC, Utah.
    • Cross Orb Weaver babies - (Araneus diadematus) - tiny yellow and black babies making webs in a small glass jar.
    • Cross Orb Weaver (continuing saga) - babies have grown and are making webs in strange places in Taylorsville, UT.
    • Golden Silk Orb Weaver "Banana Spider" - large orb weaver found only in the SE United States
    • Larinia - (either famulatoria or borealis) - female gold and brown striped orb weaver on Antelope Island
    • Larinia - (either famulatoria or borealis) - orange orb weaver on a stem on Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah
    • Larinia - (either famulatoria or borealis) - orb weaver - 3 brown spiders with gold diamond-shaped line on abdomen - Antelope Island
    • Larinioides - (genus Larinioides) - 3 different-looking spiders at Bear River MBR, Box Elder Cnty., Utah
    • Larinioides - (possible Larinioides patagiatus) - colorful female in the Jordanelle Dam wetlands, Wasatch Cnty, UT
    • Larinioides - (Larinioides patagiatus) - beautiful male on Antelope Island
    • Larinioides - 3 female orb weavers at Bear River MBR and on Antelope Island
    • Larinioides - knitting in the old easy chair on Antelope Island
    • Larinioides - greenish-colored species at Bear River MBR, Box Elder County, Utah
    • Larinioides - the lair of the spider (three photos) at Bear River MBR
    • Long-jawed Orb Weaver - (genus Tetragnatha) - small gold and orange spider hanging around on Antelope Island
    • Long-jawed Orb Weaver - (genus Tetragnatha) - especially beautiful spider in the Jordanelle Dam wetlands, Wasatch Cnty., UT
    • Long-jawed Orb Weaver - golden spider at Strawberry Reservoir, Wasatch Cnty, Utah
    • Long-jawed Orb Weaver - at Payson Lakes, Nebo Loop
    • Long-jawed Orb Weaver - 4 photos at Jordanelle and Antelope Island
    • Long-jawed Orb Weaver - (Tetragnatha extensa) - in Brighton, Utah
    • Long-jawed Orb Weaver - found sharing spaces with a wolf spider & black widows
    • Long-jawed Orb Weaver (male) - found at Strawberry Reservoir in Wasatch County.
    • Metepeira Orb Weaver - male hanging out in the afternoon sun in mid-April on Antelope Island, Utah
    • Metepeira Orb Weaver - at Tonaquint Nature Park, Washington County, Utah
    • Metepeira Orb Weaver - interesting web structures from Antelope Island, Utah
    • Metepeira Orb Weavers - two more from Antelope Island
    • Metepeira Orb Weaver - male at Strawberry Reservoir, Wasatch County, Utah
    • Metepeira Orb Weaver - female preserving the species with numerous egg sacs on Antelope Island
    • Male Desert Orb Weaver (possibly Foxi) - male mating ritual (silk stringing around female on Antelope Island)
    • Neoscona Mating Pair - (Neoscona oaxacensis) - male and female on Antelope Island, Davis County, UT, 2011 & 2015
    • Neoscona crucifera - 2 photos - one with a damselfly
    • Neoscona - two females in their webs in the middle of November on Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah
    • Neoscona - (probably Neoscona crucifera) - in the Jordanelle wetlands in Wasatch County, Utah
    • Neoscona with Dragonfly - (Neoscona oasacensis) - with Paddle-tailed Darner in a web on Antelope Island
    • Neoscona - (Neoscona oaxacensis) - later October mature male on Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah
    • Neoscona - (Neoscona oaxacensis) - female at Tonaquint Nature Park, Washington County, Utah
    • Neosconana - (Neoscona oaxacensis) - black and white spider with red legs and a black Spider Wasp
    • Neoscona utahana - male inside rabbit brush at Promontory Point, Box Elder County, Utah
    • Neoscona Lunch - two photos of large prey
    • Neoscona - male invited to lunch by a hungry female
    • Neoscona (orb weaver) - an incredible spider.  Large and fast.  Four close-up photos.
    • Neoscona belly-up - on Antelope Island.
    • Six-spotted Orbweaver - (Araniella displicata) - at North Arm WMA near Pineview Res.
    • Trashline Orb Weaver - (Cyclosa conica) - hanging in the web with a gorgeous backdrop at Red Butte Garden, SLC, UT
    • Trashline Orb Weaver - (Cyclosa conica) - female at North Arm Viewing Area of Pineview Res.
    • Trashline Orb Weaver - (Cyclosa conica) - male in the Jordanelle Dam wetlands
    • Trashline Orb Weaver - (Cyclosa conica) - on the Emerald Pool trail in Zion National Park, Washington Cnty, UT
    • Trashline Orb Weaver - (Cyclosa conica) - in the Jordanelle Dam wetlands, Wasatch County, UT
     Crab Spider (Thomisidae)
    Cobweb Spider - including Black Widows (Theridiidae)
    • Asagena - very small cobweb spider at Clear Lake MBR,
    • Candy Stripe Spider (immature female) - (Enoplognatha ovata) - one in Wasatch County and one is Weber County, UT
    • 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
    • Candy Stripe Spider - (probably immature Enoplognatha ovata) - green spider with green stripes in Red Butte Garden, SLC, UT
    • 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 - male- (Latrodectus hesperus) - sub-adult male with red stripe in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Black Widow - male - (Latrodectus hesperus) - brown and white male with beetle prey on Ant. Island
    • 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 Spider - (Neottiura bimaculata) - tiny mating male and female in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Cobweb Dreams - portrait in black and white
    • Steatoda - brown and gold male in Taylorsville, Utah 10/7/2016
    • Steatoda - brown and gold cobweb spider in a bucket in Taylorsville, UT
    • 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 triangulosa - three photos from Taylorsville, Utah
    • Theridion - (species unknown) - tiny brown male with striped legs and abdomen in Taylorsville, Utah
    • 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 - (species unknown) - a family gathering lunch in Taylorsville, UT
    • Theridion   - (species unknown) - tiny cobweb spider (possibly) and a midge meal
    • Theridion  - (species unknown) - 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 Weaver - (family Agelenidae) - large gray spider just outside his funnel on Antelope Island
    • Funnel Weavers - four pages of various species of funnel weavers
    • Funnels of the Funnel Weavers - webs of the funnel weaver spiders
    • Funnel Weavers - (possible Holena) - male and female hanging around my front door in Taylorsville, UT
    • Funnel Weaver conundrum - (Agelenidae) - spider dies in the middle of a molt in Taylorsville, UT
    • 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
    • Castianeira - velvet ant mimic spider in Tooele County, Utah. © Joseph Wilson, USU
    • Castianeira - two separate orange and black spider that preys on ants
    • Castianeira - a young male orange and black spider in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Castianeira - under the family Corrinidae - two photos (ant mimics and ground spiders)
    • Crevice Weaver - (Kukulcania utahana & hibernalis) - male and females in Eagle Mountain, Hurricane and St. George
    • Crevice Weaver - (Kukulcania) - distinctive webs on a house and garage in St. George, UT
    • Daddy Long-legs "Harvestmen) - (Phalangium opilio) - in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Dictyna - (possible Dictyna coloradensis) - 6 photos of male and female in the web together on Ant. Island
    • Dictyna  (Dictynidae) - in St. George, Utah and Bear River MBR
    • Dictyna coloradensis  "branch tip spider" at Bear River MBR in Utah
    • Dictyna Webs - two pages of web photos at Bear River MBR and Antelope Island
    • Cellar Spider - very long legged spider in St. George & Taylorsville, UT
    • Cellar Spider, Part 2 - cellar spider in St. George & Northern Utah
    • Hacklemesh Weaver - (Amaurobiidae) - at Bear River MBR and in Taylorsville, UT
    • Rocky Mountain Wood Tick - (Dermacentor andersoni) - in Taylorsville, UT but acquired in Wasatch County
    • Sowbug Hunter - (Dysdera crocata) - immature pale orange sowbug killer in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Sowbug Hunter - (Dysdera crocata) - 3 photos of a potato-bug killing spider (cool!)
    • Western Lynx Spider - (Oxyopes scalaris) - male in Taylorsville, Utah
    • Western Lynx Spider - (Oxyopes scalaris) - 3 pages of  males and female Lynx in Taylorsville, Utah
     Miscellaneous
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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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