black, fuzzy with a red u shape (Red-backed Jumping Spider or Johnson Jumper)

by Denise
(Catalina Island, Avalon, CA, Los Angeles County)

scarry spiders invade my house

scarry spiders invade my house

Black, fuzzy with a red u shape (kinda like a lady bug) on its back, green eyes. Was one in our bathroom and one on our couch. yech

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Black, fuzzy with red u shape on back
by: GardenRedHead

It's just a jumper spider. They are very common and come in a range of colors and sizes. From black to gray. As a matter of fact, I was painting a mailbox yesterday and one startled me ,the same as your pic. it was on my shirt. They don't spin webs like others,and will rare up and look like they will kill you, but a little side swipe ,and they know who's boss. I then put them back in the garden. They look scary,but it is nonpoisonous. The only time a nonpoisonous spider has venom, is when it has an egg sack. And most bites get no bigger than a mosquito bite.

Red-backed Jumping Spider or Johnson Jumper
by: Moni

Denise
You do have a Red-backed Jumping Spider or Johnson Jumper (Amer Arachnological Society official name). This one is a female.
They can bite humans and it is said to hurt but not be poisonous.
This spider like most jumping spiders are great garden predators, so put it out in the garden to eat grasshoppers and other pests.

question.
by: anonymous

just a question ; we were having a family get together earlier this evening and we found one of these spiders, we researched up on here , and we found out that it could jump , I was just wondering how high/far can they jump ? ..

Red-backed Jumping Spider
by: Moni

Anonymous
Generally from a flat sitting position they only jump and inch or two.Jumping spiders only jump a foot at most unless you consider the distance that they might jump if they are sitting on the top of a picket fence and you brush them to the ground ...then it might be more.

the johnson jumper
by: martin

today i was at school and me and my girlfriend were laying in the grass for a while and when we got up i saw the same spider in the picture on my backpack but of course i didnt know anything about the spider untill now. they say its a jumping spider? well it was there on my back pack for a while and i was trying to catch it in a piece of plastic and it never jumped nor bit me and i was wonder if it was poisoness or not so i showed it to my grandpa and he said it was cause it was red so i killed it

black red jumper
by: amber

does anybody know what the difference is between male and female?

JOHNSON JUMPER
by: Moni

Amber
The male's abdomen is entirely red, while the female's abdomen has a black mark down the center.

Found one in East Bay
by: Eleanor Post

I found a male on my coffee table in Oakland.

6 leggs?
by: Matthew

Found one that looks like this, but I can only see 6 leggs. About the size of a nickel.

RED-BACKED JUMPING SPIDER
by: Moni

Matthew
All spiders have 8 legs.
Send us a photo if you think it is something else.

Johnson Jumper
by: mike

i believe i found one in my home in Canmore, i captured it and took pictures and this is the closest i could find of any spider. its black, fuzzy and has 2 small orange/red stripes on its back. in never jumped nor bit me, so i took my pictures and released it outside. wish i could upload my pics to make sure.

Johnson Jumper
by: Moni

Mike
Just click on Insect ID either under the title 'Pests' on this comment page, or at the bottom of the comment page where you put your comment in you can click on 'return to Insect Identification'.
This should take you to the page where as you scroll down you can enter your photo. Just follow the instructions.
Please submit your photo and we will do our best to provide and ID. :)

Red-backed Jumping Spider
by: Anonymous

I found 2 of them this week at the preschool I work at, and another at the park close by. Its good to know they are nonpoisonous since the children are determined to try and play with them. At least I know now that if they do manage to get a hold of one, which seems likely given that I've found 3 in less then 5 days, it won't cause much of a problem.
I 're-homed' the 2 I found at school, by the way. I knew they were jumping spiders, just not if they were poisonous or not. Thanks for the info.

How big do they get? :)
by: Zaira

I found one on my front door, my neighbor was about to kill it! I brought it in and later released it , I wonder how big they get? The one I found is about the size of a dime.

Red-backed jumping spider
by: Moni

Zaira
Most jumping spiders do not get much bigger than the size of a dime...at least in the US. Do not know about in the tropics...but tropical environments are a different situation for all arthropods :)

Spider phobic
by: Anonymous

I was driving along on a lovely sunny day in Alameda CA, when suddenly one of these leaped onto the passenger's seat and really freaked me out. I had to pull over, stop and get out. I opened the passenger door and tried to swipe it out with a towel but it ran under the seat. I am just slightly fearful of spiders and I thought it might be a black widow. Glad to hear it's harmless because now it's living somewhere in my car.
Any ideas how long these creatures live?
Hopefully it's not about to lay eggs...

Johnson jumping spider
by: Moni

Spider phobic
Most jumping spiders live about a year. If it landed in your passenger seat...who knows how long it has been in your car.
Typically, it takes nearly a year for a jumping spider to develop from an egg to an adult. Some mate in the fall and then lay eggs that overwinter. Some may mate in the fall but lay their eggs in the spring. Some of this does depend on what part of the country it is located.

Moved in to Oregon
by: SugarDaddy0220

Well I found one here in oregon

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Huge Spider (Tarantula)

by cheyne kobzoff
(auburn ca)

Big, brown, hairy.

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guessing tarantula
by: Mira

I'm no expert, but it looks like a little tarantula to me. It's got a tarantula look to it. What's most convincing to me though, is the fact you were able to take that picture - Wolf spiders always seemed more skittish to me, while most tarantulas tend to remain more calm. Maybe it's just my luck, or lack of skill with spiders, but I doubt I'd be able to get a wolf spider to stand still long enough to take that picture! :D Unless it's dead?

Dead
by: OP

It's very dead. That's the only reason my hand is so close. I think one of my cats got it.

if furry it is tarantula
by: meinflorida

I have seen lots of wolf spiders in 20+ years in florida. They are not hairy. I think that is 1 big difference between spider & tarantula - taran=furry, spider=not furry. Also read comment that specimen is dead - all dead wolf spiders that I have seen curl up, whether 5 seconds after I killed it (too big to catch & release) or long dead.

..
by: OP

I uncurled it's legs for maximum wingspan.

Tarantula
by: Moni

Cheyne
Your spider is a tarantula. Not only the size but also the location of the eyes help to ID this spider.
Wolf spiders have eyes in front while tarantulas have eyes more on the top of the head. Wolf spiders also have a black mark under the foreleg that this spider does not seem to have. Tarantulas are more hairy than wolf spiders.

Tarantulas will not bite unless mishandled or provoked. Their venom is considered not worse than a wasp or bee sting. Tarantulas range in size from 1-4 inches with most being brown in color.
Tarantulas live for years. They can moult once a year or sooner if thy need to replace a lost limb.
Tarantulas eat insects and other arthropods.

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Diamond Back (Fishing Spider)

by Dini
(Canada, On)

Do you know what kind??

Do you know what kind??

Brown 'n black in colour, about 1-1/2 to 2 inches in diameter, moves quick... found in shed on an upper corner

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Fishing Spider
by: Moni

Dini
The photo looks like a Fishing Spider from the genus Dolomedes it is probably Dolomedes tenebrosus.
They capture prey with small claws and inject the venom when they bite.
These spiders are can walk on water and then dive below the surface where they can sometimes even catch small fish, hence the common name. Tho large, they are not dangerous to humans. They are big spiders.

Halloweenish spider
by: Mary

I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania, 3 hours from the shore. Someone from my area posted a spider similar to this one on Facebook and now I saw one in my backyard. Although these had a yellow head with black markings. No bodies of water or streams nearby.

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Translucent orange spider with black and white striped legs (Marbled orbweaver spider)


(New Jersey near shore)

This spider built a web across our back door in NJ a few miles in from the coast. I was able to put the camera right up against the glass for the closeup, but it came ut a little fuzzy, so i too one from further away.

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Marbled orbweaver spider
by: Moni

Jersey Shore
Your spider is the marbled orbweaver spider. This is due to the pattern on the abdomen. These spiders do come in a wide variety of colors.

With the large abdomen this is a female. As she lays her eggs this fall the abdomen shrinks. The eggs are in a silken cocoon and will hatch the next spring.

The marbled orbweavers are found in trees, shrubs, tall weeds and grasses in moist wooded settings. They are also found along banks of streams. As you live near the coast the moisture is there to attract them. And your door must have represented a good place to form a web :)

The webs are oriented vertically with 'signal' thread attached to the center that notifies the spider when prey is caught! :) Like all spiders these are considered good bugs as they are great predators.

These are found over most of North America.

As with other orbweavers, the marbled orbweaver is not considered a poisonous spider.

There is one outside my windows in Scotland.
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have one of these or at least appears like it is one outside my 3rd floor flat windows. Is it on its holidays here from America or do they also live in Scotland? Thank you

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Small fuzzy black/grey spider with orange back (Jumping spider)

by Vicky Filpo
(Port Hueneme,CA)

I found this spider in my backyard on my swing chair.

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Jumping spider
by: Moni

Vicky
Your spider is Phidippus tyrrellii...some folks call it the Colorado jumping spider but that is not an official common name. That is a pretty spider :)

This spider is found in SW United States.

All spiders are considered 'good bugs' since they are predators on insects. They feed on insects, other spiders, and perhaps some other small invertebrates.

Jumping spiders do move by jumping more than crawling like other spiders. Jumping spiders have very large eyes for their size...also the arrangement of their 8 eyes provides binocular vision unlike other invertebrates.

Jumping spider males are usually brightly colored while the females are dull brown or gray.


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Large Brown spider (Fishing spider)

by Robert
(Carmichael)

Verified brown spider that is over 2" with legs spread found in front steps in Omaha nebraska

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Fishing spider
by: Moni

Robert
Based on your description and size of your spider it is probably one of the fishing spiders, genus Dolomedes sp. Without a full body photo any other id is not possible.

This genus has two rows of 8 eyes, large, and brown with various patterns on the body parts. These are found mostly in eastern North America however there are several species found in the west.

This spider is found near aquatic or moist woodland habitats. They feed mostly on aquatic insects, but have know to occasionally catch small fish, hence the name.

These spiders are not known to bite unless handled roughly.

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neon green spider with orand yellow markings and black dots (Orb weaver spider)

small, penny sized neon green spider with an orange and yellow marking on the top of its abdomen with multiple black dots

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Orb weaver spider
by: Moni

Anonymous
You did not say where you live or where you found this spider.
This spider is one of the orb weaver spiders. It is probably Araneus cingulatus, but without more information we can not be positive. Cingulum is Latin for belted and your spider does have the red belt so that seems to fit. Also with the round abdomen this is a female. If it is this spider it is found in eastern US.

The Araneous orb weaver spiders are found all over North America. This family of spiders makes what we think of as the traditional spider web. These webs can be seen along road sides and in ditches with dew on them in the early morning. The web consists of concentric circles connected with "spokes" radiating out of the center.

Like all spider they are beneficial as they feed on other insects, especially pests in the garden. Females lay the last of their eggs in fall, where the eggs overwinter. In spring the eggs hatch starting the new generation. A single egg sac can contain several hundreds of eggs.

Orb weavers are non-aggressive spiders that will run away if threatened. They are not dangerous to humans.


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Large Green Spider (Giant lichen orbweaver, female)

by Catherine O'Neill
(Cherry Log, GA)

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My dogs found this spider at night in their back yard space which is comprised of large gravel rocks and leaf litter and they were freaked out by it. I live in the mountains in north Georgia, a heavily wooded area. This spider was about 3" long, moved very slowly; no webs nearby. It was walking along the bottom fence retainer. I have lived here two and a half years and I whereas I have seen many, many, many spiders, I have never seen this particular species of spider before. As you can see, it was a pale green color with a zigzaggy "v" on its body and legs partially reddish-brown.
Thanking you in advance for any help you can give me in identifying it!

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Giant lichen orbweaver, female
by: Moni

Catherine
Your cool spider is the female giant lichen orbweaver. The male is much smaller and has a smaller abdomen. These spiders are seen more in late summer when the adults are their largest mature size.

This spider is found east of the Rockies in North America. They occur in woodlands on trees among lichens as the name suggests. So if you are in the mountains it is not unusual that you would see one.

This spider does form a web high in tree limbs, but may hide at the edge of the web (near lichen) during the daytime so as not to be food for a bird, but comes out at night to hunt prey. It may have been knocked to the ground with a storm or something for you and the dogs to see it.

Like all spiders they feed on insects and other invertebrates. These are beneficial because they eat pests.

Orb weavers are non-aggressive spiders that flee if threatened or drop from the web. They are not dangerous to people or pets. Tho it is very uncommon...they will only bite if trapped or severely threatened...even then it would be a slight "sting".



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lime green spider (Green orb weaver spider)

by Debra
(KC. Mo.)

Lime green spider...with yellow spots...Christmas tree shape with 2 hearts in the middle!! Seen on a hot day by the pool in Missouri!
Thanks from Deb

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Green orb weaver spider
by: Moni

Debra
Your spider is one of the orb weaver spiders without a common name. It is Araneus cingulatus.

This spider is found in eastern North America.

The common name comes from the web-spinning pattern of these spiders - they make the classic, round "orb" web that most people associate with spiders. The orb weaver spider family is one of the most varied (in size and appearance) of all the families of spiders.

Orb weavers eat any small insects they catch in their webs. They are nocturnally active, sitting motionless during the day.

Orb weavers are docile and not dangerous to people or pets. Being bitten by an orb weaver is very uncommon, and only bite if mishandled or threatened.

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Brown Six legged bug that looks like a star fish (Spider - possibly Fishing Spider)

by Adrienne miller
(Hartford, CT, USA)

In Connecticut, seen on a friends bathroom wall last evening, 2/4/16.

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Spider
by: Moni

Adrienne
Your photo is of a spider. It happens to be sitting with its front 2 legs together making it look like 6 rather than 8 legs.

Not sure which spider it is without a clearer photo and information on size. It does kind of look like one of the fishing spiders (most are large spiders). They sit in that position with legs out, many times the front two legs next to each other on each side. They are usually found in moist woodlands or near water. Females are usually larger than males.

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