Readers Spiders

A gallery of spider pictures sent to me by the readers of my web page.

Every now and again people e-mail me wanting me to identify a spider for them. These people come from all over the world and sent me pictures of some rather exotic spiders. Because my site is currently dedicated to European spiders I can't use the spider pictures with the others. So I have decided to make this page where beautiful foreign spider pictures can be displayed. This page will also serve as a further resource for identifying spiders.


Below: Some pictures of Nephila madagascarensis, sent to me by my friend Phil Bowles after his visit to Madagascar.

Above: a scorpion, also photographed by Phil.

Phil is currently studying in Australia and has had the opportunity to photograph loads of spiders. Here are a few more pics:


Above: Argiope keyserlingi, the St. Andrew's cross spider.


Above: Mopsus mormon, the largest Australian jumping spider.


Above: Huntsman spider, Holconia sp.


Above: Latrodectus hasselti, the redback spider.

Above: a net-casting spider (Deinopidae).

Above: Nephila edulis.

Above: a lynx spider.


Above: an image of Linyphia triangularis by Neil Hancock. He has a web page with some nice images of spiders and things here: Neil's Pit of Gloom.

Above: Araneus quadratus.

Below: Araneus diadematus. Both of these beautiful images were sent to me by Stéphane Moniotte.

Stéphane runs two websites on digital photography: Digital Birding and the Birdchat Quiz.


Above: The huntsman spider (Heteropoda venatoria) photographed by Debby Wood from Clarksville, Virginia. Debby describes this spider as her 'Backyard buddy'.


Thanks to Vanessa and Mike Ansell for the two pictures below.

Above: the pink-toe tarantula (Avicularia metallica). It is a tree dwelling tarantula. This species is known to actually catch and eat birds. They are found in countries in the nothern part of the continent of South America. This picture was taken by Diana Way.


Above: Nephila maculata, a golden orb weaver. This picture was taken in Nepal where they are apparently quite common. This spider is related to Nephila clavipes (see below) and is one of the largest orb weving spiders in the world.

Above: Dysdera crocota, the woodlouse spider.

Above: Argiope aurantia. This spider is the American cousin of Argiope bruennichi and has similar habits.

This spider was found under a newly build tree-house by Bob Ozman and his daughter Amy, from Southern California, USA.

Above: a huntsman spider.

Above: Here are some pictures of the Calico spider (Nephila clavipes). Also known as the golden orb weaver this spider builds extremely large webs with very strong silk. Both pictures show the spiders underside. These pictures were sent to me by Laura Horovitz from Savannah GA.

Above: Argiope versicolor is an Argiope spider that is found in Southeast Asia. This picture was sent to me by Kenneth P. Koury from Los Angeles California and was taken when he was visiting Taiwan.

Above: Argiope aurantia the black and yellow garden spider. This spider is the American cousin of Argiope bruennichi and has similar habits. It is harmless to humans and is an effective predator of grasshoppers and crickets. This photograph was taken by J.R. & Karin Stevenson, who live in King George, Virginia. The spider was in their garage although they are normally found outdoors.

Above: The Crablike Spiny Orb-Weaver (Gasteracantha elipsoides). This picture was sent to me by Paula Michaud in St. Augustine, Florida and was taken using a digital camera. Gaseracantha elipsoides can be found from North Carolina to Florida and west to California. The spiders orb web has few or no spiral stands near the center of the web.

Above: This spider belongs to the family Lycosidae - the wolf spiders. The picture was sent to me by Brad Kugler of Clearwater, Florida. The spider in the picture is a female who is carrying her young on her back. These spiders are nocturnal hunters and like other nocturnal hunters (eg cats) their eyes reflect light. You can see on the picture that the mother and even her babies are reflecting the camera's flash in their eyes.

If you have a spider you need identifying and you can send me an image please send it to I would also be pleased to see anyone's spider pictures and display them here. If you cannot send a picture digitally then email me and I will let you know of a postal address you can send it to.



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