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Jul. 21st, 2011

02:44 am - 2 Spider Identification questions, and to see if you guys will teach my how to fish.

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Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well. It's summer here in the states, and prime spider weather :) I can't freaking stand the heat, but being able to photograph my favorite thing in the world makes it a little more tolerable.

I have 4 pictures here of 2 different spiders to see if you guys will help me identify them.

But first, so I don't show up here every couple weeks, I was wondering if anyone here had any good suggestions for spider identifying books (preferably for Wisconsin and/or the midwest). I know I can come here every time I see a spider, but you guys know the old saying (If you give a man a fish...), so if I had my own source...then I will have successfully learned 'how to fish' when it comes to spider identifying!



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These are 2 pics of the same spider. I saw him a few months ago outside my door, and I really wish I'd have captured him to keep as a pet. He was probably just smaller than a quarter, and nice orange-y black. I have never seen a spider like him before or since, and I was wondering if you guys knew what he is.

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These are actually 2 different spiders, but what I'm assuming is the same species. I've seen about 3 or 4 of these right outside my door, and was pretty curious about them (since they appear to be pretty common around here). I compared the pattern on their abdomen with the infamous Google image search for a brown recluse, and I think I'm pretty safe. They're pretty fast and usually hide really quickly as soon as I open the door that they're near. Any ideas?"

I have a ton more pictures, but these 2 spiders were the ones I was the most curious about.

Thanks in advance for your book suggestions, as well as any information you may have regarding these guys.

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From:nonspecific
Date:July 21st, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Some sort of crab spider, mebbe? And aglenidae (sp?) funnel web weaver? On phone and can't search.
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From:nonspecific
Date:July 21st, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Look at bugguide.net and browse crab spider beginning with the letter X.
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From:stucking_foned
Date:July 21st, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
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where do you live? the second one looks like a wolf spider... and i have two living over my door too. at first they scared the shit out of me.. because one of them in my house was HUUUGUE.. like.. bigger than a quarter.. but after i found out they eat poisonous spiders i let them stay.
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From:arachnogeek
Date:July 22nd, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Also, I really wish I could point you in the direction of a good easy-to-use spider field guide, but I haven't found any that are inclusive enough on a state level. I look for field guides that specify "insects AND spiders" and look at how inclusive they are. The arachnid section usually just has a few easily identifiable species.

However, it looks like you're well equipped to use my favorite technique. Take nice, clear close-up photos of the spider in question, then blow up the image on your computer or print it in large format and break out all your guide books and a site like Bugguide.net and start matching key features! Remember that the shape of the body, legs, and arrangement of the eyes are generally more helpful features than colors and patterns, especially when they're highly variable within the species (my local species of crab spider comes to mind: it can be white, green, pink or yellow).
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