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Does anyone know what kind of spider this is? Pics inside

We found it in our basement! It was hanging by its web.

 

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kimberlyinberea

Asked by kimberlyinberea at 6:33 PM on May. 12, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • A brown recluse spider maybe.
    momavanessa

    Answer by momavanessa at 6:35 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • No, and you're in Ohio judging your name? I am too, and hope I don't see one of those.
    Christine0813

    Answer by Christine0813 at 6:36 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • If it is a brown recluse thank God nobody got bit by it. I would have a pro check it out and have your home look at if it is.
    momavanessa

    Answer by momavanessa at 6:40 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • kimberlyinberea

    Comment by kimberlyinberea (original poster) at 6:42 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • I was looking online because I am curious. So far, it looks like a wolf spider. I'm going to keep looking, lol.

    Christine0813

    Answer by Christine0813 at 6:44 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • OK, maybe not. Lol.
    Christine0813

    Answer by Christine0813 at 6:47 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • That is NOT a recluse. Here's a good site to try and identify spiders.
    Here are the things that describe a brown recluse spider (but some other spiders have a few of these characters too). There are pictures below to illustrate what is NOT a recluse.

    * Six eyes arranged in pairs, with one pair in front and a pair on either side.
    * A dark violin shape on the cephalothorax.
    * Uniformly light-colored legs - no stripes, no bands
    * Uniformly colored abdomen which can vary from cream to dark brown depending on what it has eaten, however, it will never have two colors of pigment at the same time. (The little discoloration on the spider above left is the heart which can be seen through the thin skin.)
    * No spines on the legs, only fine hairs
    * Recluses make small retreat webs behind objects, never out in the open.
    * It is about 3/8 of an inch in body length.
    http://spiders.ucr.edu/recluseid.html
    karischub

    Answer by karischub at 6:51 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • Yep, I'm in Ohio lol...oh Thank God...you don't think its a recluse?? I was praying it wasn't! I couldnt tell from what I've googled up wether it could be a brown recluse or a wolf spider. We have some of the scariest spiders in this house I swear!!! UGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    kimberlyinberea

    Comment by kimberlyinberea (original poster) at 7:00 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • It's not a brown recluse, these are are a type of wolf spider, we have them in our basement as well.
    how_reb

    Answer by how_reb at 7:02 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • I'm in Ohio too and we have some giant mean nasty looking spiders in our basement......they are all wolf spiders but they scare me....lol We even get Orb weavers(they are pretty) but HUGE!
    how_reb

    Answer by how_reb at 7:04 PM on May. 12, 2011

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