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Spooky Spider Series
updated: Oct 19, 2012, 11:41 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

The spooky spiders are out in full force. Can anyone identify this one?

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 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 12:03 PM

I don't like spiders, but this one is beautiful!

 

 COMMENT 333273 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 12:12 PM

This one looks deadly!

 

 COMMENT 333282 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 12:29 PM

kill it !! thing looks like death

 

 COMMENT 333286 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 12:34 PM

The best I can come up with so far is that it is some variation of a "Goldenrod" spider.

 

 COMMENT 333287 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 12:36 PM

A harmless (& super beneficial, as most spiders are) flower spider (maybe Thomisus spectabilis).

 

 ECHO agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 12:40 PM

I hate spiders...I itch when I see them. I've been forcing myself to look at these pictures to try and over come that. That tarantula a while back about did me in!

 

 COMMENT 333294 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 01:00 PM

This is a Crab Spider in the family Thomisidae. Many spiders in this family are highly variable in coloration. I believe this to be the Red Banded Crab Spider, Misumenoides formosipes.

 

 COMMENT 333303 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 01:13 PM

Super cool looking -- it's a Dalmatian! Nice picture. All I get around my house are those fuzzy hopping spiders with the red butts.

 

 COMMENT 333330 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 01:55 PM

My house; Daddy Longlegs

 

 COMMENT 333385 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 03:35 PM

Absolutely beautiful!

 

 COMMENT 333398P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 04:01 PM

Wow! Love the "dalmation" name, ha ha. Thanks for a great picture, never seen one like it.

-Another one who doesn't kill spiders & likes 'em just fine outdoors. And who is too lazy to get rid of them indoors. And who greets them like pets -- when they're outdoors.-

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 05:00 PM

A type of flower crab spider for sure, in the Misumena genus, looks like the "goldenrod" one to me.

Here's a link to photos of this species on great web site:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/6749

These guys often seem to be the same color as the flowers they hide in. I see white ones in my iceberg roses often. I think they are beautiful. And they eat the critters that eat the roses!

The fuzzy hopping ones do bite, I'm afraid. Don't like seeing them indoors myself, and they're hard to relocate because they hop so quickly.

 

 COMMENT 333445P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 05:45 PM

Those hopping ones are aggressive too, they don't turn away when confronted with a human, 50 gazillion times bigger. They stand their ground and turn to face you, eek.

 

 COMMENT 333456P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 06:14 PM

First time I have ever seen one of these. Love the name dalmation even if it is wrong. It should be right. Really pretty thing and I don't like spiders.

 

 COMMENT 333522P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-19 10:24 PM

294 got the i.d. right on this one. I just looked at 100s of pics of spiders---all sorts. Fascinating.

The red-backed jumping spider we have around here is commonly called the "Johnson Jumper," Phiddipus johnsoni. I see crab spiders and the jumpers nearly every day, because my garden is pesticide-free, all organic, and loaded with flowers.

Please DON'T kill spiders. You can go online and buy a "Mini Bug Vac" for around $9.95 + S&H. If you have spiders in your house, use the vac (takes one 9-volt battery) and put the little critters outside, so they can do their jobs. Thanks for being kind to all creatures.

 

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