Entries by Andrew Peluso

Wolf Spider (Florida Wolf Spider)

Quick Overview Size: 1-2” Characteristics:  Florida wolf spiders are large with a gray, black, or brown pattern on their backs. They closely resemble the more dangerous brown recluse spider.  Habitat  Wolf spiders can be found in grassy areas and piles of leaves. They are also frequently found indoors, hiding near doors and windows along with […]

Spiny Orb Weaver Spider

Quick Overview Size: 1/10”- ½” Characteristics  Also known as the crab-like orbweaver and the spiny backed orbweaver, this spider is small, coming in at less than half an inch in size. It has a hard and broad abdomen that can be orange, white, or yellow, usually with distinctive red markings. Habitat  Spiny orb weaver spiders […]

Regal Jumping Spider

Quick Overview Size: ⅕-⅘” Characteristics: The regal jumping spider is about the size of a dime when measured with its legs outstretched. It has large, distinctive eyes, a flat-faced appearance, and is best characterized by its quick, jerky movements.  Habitat  Regal jumping spiders can be found in open woodland and field habitats. They often wander […]

Huntsman Spider (Giant Crab Spider)

Quick Overview Size: 1-5” Characteristics  Known by many different names (including the crab spider and banana spider), the huntsman spider has super long legs that add a great deal to its overall size. Although its body is not that large, the legs of the huntsman spider can easily span up to five inches. Habitat  Huntsman […]

Common House Spider

Quick Overview Size: 1/10”-3/10” Characteristics: One of the most common spiders in Florida, the common house spider is brown and tan with dark brown highlights. It is about the size of a nickel when measured with its legs outstretched.  Habitat  Though native to South America and most abundant in Mexico and Central America, this is […]

Colonial Tentweb Orbweaver Spider

Quick Overview Size: ¼-½” Characteristics  These small spiders are less than an inch in length, with the females much larger than the males. They are both medium brown in color with occasional dark marks on the abdomen.  Habitat  These spiders are native to Asia, Australia, Africa, and the coastal Mediterranean areas of Europe. They were […]

Cellar Spider

Quick Overview Size: 2-3”  Characteristics: The cellar spider is about the size of a half-dollar coin when it is measured with its legs outstretched. It is light tan to gray with dark contrasting markings and a tiny body. Habitat  Cellar spiders typically live in naturally protected areas like rock piles and caves outside. They can […]

Brown Widow Spider

Quick Overview Size: ½” -2”  Characteristics: Brown widow spiders have bulbous abdomens with an hourglass shape on the abdomen’s underside. These hourglasses tend to be orange, with the rest of the body being a dark to pale brown. Habitat: The brown widow spider originated in Africa but has since moved east to become a tropical […]

Brown Recluse Florida

Quick Overview Size: ⅜” long and 3/16” wide  Characteristics: Brown recluse spiders are brown to gray, with a characteristic arrangement of six eyes in three groups of two (as opposed to the usual eight-eye arrangement of other types of spiders).  Habitat: Brown recluse spiders can be found throughout the state of Florida as well as […]

Black Widow Spider

Quick Overview Size: 1.5” x .5-.6”  Characteristics  The Black widow spider, or Latrodectus spp, is best known for its dark coloration, black hair, and distinctive red hourglass pattern on the back. It is highly venomous with a neurotic venom that acts quickly on specific nerve cells. Habitat  It can be found all around the world […]