Spiders

Lori will never visit this page. If she had known that Ferndale is spider capital of the world, she never would have moved here. Our house is constantly decorated for Halloween, as it would be a full time job cleaning the cobwebs off it and I wouldn’t have time to pull the horsetails, another full time job around here.

Barn Funnel Weaver

(Tegenaria domestica)

Maybe Tegenaria

Maybe Tegenaria?

Lightened to show eye detail

Lightened to show eye detail

Closeup of body

Closeup of body

I’m not positively sure of this identification. The problem with spiders is they can vary a lot in one species, and some of the user contributed photos on spider web sites have obviously mis-labeled species. But based on the body and leg shape and especially the banded legs, I think it is Tegenaria domestica.

Candy Strip Spider

Candy Stripe Spider

Male Candy Stripe Spider

Candy Stripe Spider

Male Candy Stripe Spider

(Enoplognatha ovata) – I found this little guy outside in the garden which is where I usually see them, crawling on the ground. (spotted 7/18/2019)

Common House Spider

Common House Spider

Common House Spider

(Parasteatoda tepidariorum) – Lori pointed out this spider to me while we were in the green house. This is supposed to be a very common spider, (duh) but I don’t remember seeing this one before. (spotted 7/4/2019)

Daddy Long Legs Spider

Daddy Long Legs Spider

Daddy Long Legs Spider

Daddy Long Legs Spider

Daddy Long Legs Spider

Daddy Long Legs Spider

Daddy Long Legs Spider

(Pholcus phalangioides) – Yeah, who hasn’t seen one of these in their house? It is also commonly known as a Long-bodied Cellar Spider. (spotted 7/18/2019)

Cross Orb Weaver or Pumpkin Spider

Pumpkin Spider
(Araneus diadematus) – Springtime we see these hatch in huge clusters everywhere, it’s fun to poke the cluster and watch hundreds of tiny spiders scurry. They kind of blend in after that, until September when they start spinning their webs everywhere, making it dangerous to walk through the yard without a stick in front of you.

Grey House Spider

Grey House Spider

Grey House Spider

Grey House Spider

Grey House Spider

(Badumna longinqua) – Even the refrigerator stay didn’t slow this guy down. I had to take him outside to photograph him, because while Lori puts up with my photographing spiders, she wouldn’t be happy if they escaped in the house. Even though they are named house spiders, I originally found this guy outside, and he was returned to nature after he posed. (spotted 7/18/2019)

Johnson Jumping Spider

Johnson Jumping Spider

Johnson Jumping Spider

(Phidippus johnsoni)
We see these outside quite commonly in the early spring, but they stay out of our way and don’t build annoying webs. This is about the only spider that Lori can tolerate, as it’s coloring and mode of movement aren’t as scary as other spiders. They’re also rather small.

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