Florida Spiders: Pictures and Spider Identification Help

picture of a Giant crab spider or male Huntsman's spider,

Year round residents more than tourists know first hand that Florida spiders are a year round thing. Warm weather and the presence of insect prey makes for the perfect spider recipe.

Most interest in spider identification comes from people who see spiders in their homes and apartments and want to know if the spider is dangerous. For example, there’s nothing like seeing a five inch Huntsman spider (top picture) hanging out in he garage or around the patio to scare the bejeebers out of anyone.

Fortunately they are not dangerous. In fact they consider nuisance insects such as cockroaches as five star dining.

The following small gallery of spiders covers a representative sample of Florida’s common house spiders and lawn and garden spiders. Please press the spiders button for additional spider pictures and information. The entire spider guide covers over one hundred different spider species.

Common House Spiders
picture of a Funnel Web spider
Funnel Web Spider (Grass Spider)

picture of a Long-bodied Cellar spider
Long-bodied Cellar Spider

picture of a common house spider (parasteatoda-tepidariorum)
Common House Spider

picture of a Wall spider Oecobius-navus
Wall Spider

picture of a spider
Triangulate House Spider

picture of a Southern Black widow spider
Southern Black Widow Spider

picture of a False widow spider
False Widow Spider

picture of a striped lynx spider
Striped Lynx Spider

picture of a Six-spotted Fishing spider
Six-spotted Fishing Spider

picture of a nursery web spider, pisaurina-mira
Nursery Web Spider

picture of a crab spider, misumena-vatia
Crab Spider (Misumena vatia)

Common Orb Weavers
picture of a Red Spiny-backed Orbweaver
Red Spiny-backed Orbweaver

picture of an Orchard Orbweaver spider
Orchard Orbweaver

picture of a Spotted Orbweaver spider, neoscona-domiciliorum
Spotted Orbweaver (Neoscona domiciliorum)

picture of a Hentz Orbweaverspider
Hentz Orbweaver (Neoscona)

picture of an Arabesque Orbweaver spider with a darker body
Arabesque Orbweaver

picture of an Argiope spider spcies common to Florida, Argiope florida
Florida Argiope

picture of a Banded Garden spider
Banded Garden Spider

picture of a Black and Yellow Garden spider, Argiope
Black and Yellow Garden Spider

picture of an Arrowshaped Micrathena spider
Arrowshaped micrathena Spider

picture of a Golden Silk Orbweaver or Banana spider
Golden Silk Orbweaver (Banana Spider)

picture of a Green Crab spider, Diaea livens
Green Crab Spider

Common House Spiders

picture of a Southern House spider,
Florida sure does have big house spiders. In addition to the Huntsman spider, add the Southern House spider to the list. Their bodies are over one half inch in length and their legs add more length.

Formally they belong to crevice weavers and build webs in crevices around the house. Again, they are not considered dangerous, just large and scary to individuals who are not spider enthusiasts.

The first column in the gallery also covers more common house spiders. It’s interesting to note that many of the common house spiders such as cellar spiders and cobweb spiders fit into the web category.

Add in common hunting spiders such as ground spiders and jumping spiders, and that translates into both web spiders and hunting spiders sharing space with humans on a day to day basis.

Cobweb spiders also fit into the common house spider category. The Triangulate House Spider and the Common House spider (Parasteatoda-tepidariorum) represent two cobweb spider species that rank as two of the most common house spiders from coast to coast.

A couple of additional Stedota species go by the name False Widow spiders and they often wander indoors.

That leaves the widow spiders of the Genus Latrodectus to discuss. They are the most common of all the poisonous spiders. Four species live year round in Florida.

While they normally build nests low to the ground in brush and woodpiles,the bottom of barbecues or lawn chairs. Occasionally one can be found indoors, especially in back yard sheds.

Learning more about how to identify the different types of cobweb spiders in the house can be as easy at attaching a small, inexpensive macro lens onto the smart phone and comparing pictures.

Grass spiders also known as funnel weavers, often wander inside the house. Most species also look very similar with thin, striped brown bodies. The long spinnerets at the end of the abdomen help differentiate them from the wolf spiders.

Crab spiders usually do not venture indoors. Rather they tend to the flowers around the house. TThe picture shows two species with white bodies and red stripes. Three genera of so called flower crab spiders come in a variety of colors, including yellow. Eye patterns and body hair are the proper way to identify them.

Five Nursery Web and Fishing Spider species can also be found near residential areas, although with less frequency than other types of spiders. They generally have medium sized bodies with indistinct colors that help them blend into their environment.

To the untrained eye, they can look like wolf spiders or grass spiders.

Spider Identification: Orb weavers

The presence of colorful bodies with distinctive patterns make Florida spiders in the orb weaver category among the easiest spiders to identify.

Golden Silk Orbweavers, for example have thin brown spotted bodies. The presence of the largest orb shaped web in the United States makes it hard to miss them anywhere they live.

Species from three genera, Araneus, Neoscona and Argiope are probably the most common back yard orb weavers.

Tourists from the West Coast might be interested to know that a handful of less common Araneus species such as Araneus Cingulatus; Araneus bicentenarius; Araneus alboventris; Araneus alboventris live there.

Black and yellow garden spiders are probably the most common argiope spiders. Florida also has its own distinct version of a Silver Argiope, (Argiope florida).