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  • North American Spiders - From American House Spider to Yellow Sac Spider

    North American Spiders - From American House Spider to Yellow Sac Spider

    It is said that some three-quarters of the human population is intimidated by spiders in one way or another - about 3,400 species reside in North America alone.





    North America is home to about 3,400 of the categorized 40,000 species of spiders in the world. Spiders are known as Arachnids and fall under the class Chelicerata and order Araneae, taking various shapes and forms as well as colors and behaviors. Regardless of the individual species, all spiders consist of eight legs and feature two-piece bodies made up of the cephalothorax (front) and abdomen (the bulbous rear). The cephalothorax contains a multiple-eye arrangement (the number varying by species), mouth parts and the legs while the abdomen holds the the silk-producing facilities of the spider.


    Spiders can generally be identified by the type of web they create though not all webs are used to capture prey. Some are used in courtship rituals while others are used to secure egg sacs. Silk is produced by specialized glands found in the abdomen of the spider that are formed of liquid protein generated within the body. This protein hardens once it is outside of the body and released through the rear of the abdomen, guided by spinnerets that allow the spider to customize its release as needed. It is not wholly uncommon for spiders of different species to share a web or a spider to steal another's prey. Other species rely on the element of surprise and bury themselves in loose soil, springing out when prey passes - injecting them with powerful subduing venom.


    There are a total of (80) North American Spiders - From American House Spider to Yellow Sac Spider in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.


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    1
    Thumbnail picture of the American House Spider
    American House Spider
    2
    Thumbnail picture of the Ant Mimic Spider
    Ant Mimic Spider
    3
    Thumbnail picture of the Arrowhead Orb Weaver
    Arrowhead Orb Weaver
    4
    Thumbnail picture of the Arrow-shaped Micrathena Spider
    Arrow-shaped Micrathena Spider
    5
    Thumbnail picture of the Banded Garden Spider
    Banded Garden Spider
    6
    Thumbnail picture of the Bark Crab Spider
    Bark Crab Spider
    7
    Thumbnail picture of the Basilica Orb Weaver
    Basilica Orb Weaver
    8
    Thumbnail picture of the Black and Yellow Garden Spider
    Black and Yellow Garden Spider
    9
    Thumbnail picture of the Black Tail Crab Spider
    Black Tail Crab Spider
    10
    Thumbnail picture of the Black Widow
    Black Widow
    11
    Thumbnail picture of the Bolas Spider
    Bolas Spider
    12
    Thumbnail picture of the Bold Jumping Spider
    Bold Jumping Spider
    13
    Thumbnail picture of the Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider
    Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider
    14
    Thumbnail picture of the Brown Recluse
    Brown Recluse
    15
    Thumbnail picture of the Brown Widow
    Brown Widow
    16
    Thumbnail picture of the California Trapdoor Spider
    California Trapdoor Spider
    17
    Thumbnail picture of the Carolina Wolf Spider
    Carolina Wolf Spider
    18
    Thumbnail picture of the Cat-Faced Spider
    Cat-Faced Spider
    19
    Thumbnail picture of the Comb-Clawed Spider
    Comb-Clawed Spider
    20
    Thumbnail picture of the Cribellate Orb Weaver
    Cribellate Orb Weaver
    21
    Thumbnail picture of the Cross Spider
    Cross Spider
    22
    Thumbnail picture of the Desert Tarantula
    Desert Tarantula
    23
    Thumbnail picture of the Eastern Harvestman
    Eastern Harvestman
    24
    Thumbnail picture of the Feather-Legged Spider
    Feather-Legged Spider
    25
    Thumbnail picture of the Fishing Spider
    Fishing Spider
    26
    Thumbnail picture of the Giant Crab Spider
    Giant Crab Spider
    27
    Thumbnail picture of the Golden Silk Orbweaver
    Golden Silk Orbweaver
    28
    Thumbnail picture of the Goldenrod Crab Spider
    Goldenrod Crab Spider
    29
    Thumbnail picture of the Grass Spider
    Grass Spider
    30
    Thumbnail picture of the Green Crab Spider
    Green Crab Spider
    31
    Thumbnail picture of the Green Lynx Spider
    Green Lynx Spider
    32
    Thumbnail picture of the Ground Crab Spider
    Ground Crab Spider
    33
    Thumbnail picture of the Ground Spider
    Ground Spider
    34
    Thumbnail picture of the Hacklemesh Weaver
    Hacklemesh Weaver
    35
    Thumbnail picture of the Hawaiian Garden Spider
    Hawaiian Garden Spider
    36
    Thumbnail picture of the Hentz Jumping Spider
    Hentz Jumping Spider
    37
    Thumbnail picture of the House Spider
    House Spider
    38
    Thumbnail picture of the Huntsman Spider
    Huntsman Spider
    39
    Thumbnail picture of the Johnson Jumping Spider
    Johnson Jumping Spider
    40
    Thumbnail picture of the Labyrinthine Orb Weaver Spider
    Labyrinthine Orb Weaver Spider
    41
    Thumbnail picture of the Lattice Orbweaver Spider
    Lattice Orbweaver Spider
    42
    Thumbnail picture of the Long-bodied Cellar Spider
    Long-bodied Cellar Spider
    43
    Thumbnail picture of the Long-Jawed Orb Weaver
    Long-Jawed Orb Weaver
    44
    Thumbnail picture of the Long-Legged Sac Spider
    Long-Legged Sac Spider
    45
    Thumbnail picture of the Magnolia Green Jumping Spider
    Magnolia Green Jumping Spider
    46
    Thumbnail picture of the Marbled Orb Weaver
    Marbled Orb Weaver
    47
    Thumbnail picture of the Metallic Crab Spider
    Metallic Crab Spider
    48
    Thumbnail picture of the Mexican Orange-Kneed Tarantula
    Mexican Orange-Kneed Tarantula
    49
    Thumbnail picture of the North American Jumping Spider
    North American Jumping Spider
    50
    Thumbnail picture of the Nursery Web Spider
    Nursery Web Spider
    51
    Thumbnail picture of the Orb Weaver
    Orb Weaver
    52
    Thumbnail picture of the Parson Spider
    Parson Spider
    53
    Thumbnail picture of the Putnam Jumping Spider
    Putnam Jumping Spider
    54
    Thumbnail picture of the Red Ant-Mimic Spider
    Red Ant-Mimic Spider
    55
    Thumbnail picture of the Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider
    Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider
    56
    Thumbnail picture of the Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider
    Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider
    57
    Thumbnail picture of the Running Crab Spider
    Running Crab Spider
    58
    Thumbnail picture of the Running Spider
    Running Spider
    59
    Thumbnail picture of the Sac Spider
    Sac Spider
    60
    Thumbnail picture of the Shamrock Spider
    Shamrock Spider
    61
    Thumbnail picture of the Silver Garden Spider
    Silver Garden Spider
    62
    Thumbnail picture of the Southeastern Wandering Spider
    Southeastern Wandering Spider
    63
    Thumbnail picture of the Southern House Spider
    Southern House Spider
    64
    Thumbnail picture of the Sowbug Killer Spider
    Sowbug Killer Spider
    65
    Thumbnail picture of the Spined Micrathena Spider
    Spined Micrathena Spider
    66
    Thumbnail picture of the Spiny Backed Orb Weaver
    Spiny Backed Orb Weaver
    67
    Thumbnail picture of the Spitting Spider
    Spitting Spider
    68
    Thumbnail picture of the Spotted Orb Weaver
    Spotted Orb Weaver
    69
    Thumbnail picture of the Tan Jumping Spider
    Tan Jumping Spider
    70
    Thumbnail picture of the Tengellid Spider
    Tengellid Spider
    71
    Thumbnail picture of the Thin-Legged Wolf Spider
    Thin-Legged Wolf Spider
    72
    Thumbnail picture of the Trashline Orb Weaver
    Trashline Orb Weaver
    73
    Thumbnail picture of the Triangulate Cob Web Spider
    Triangulate Cob Web Spider
    74
    Thumbnail picture of the Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver
    Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver
    75
    Thumbnail picture of the Turret Spider
    Turret Spider
    76
    Thumbnail picture of the Venusta Orchard Spider
    Venusta Orchard Spider
    77
    Thumbnail picture of the Western Spotted Orb Weaver
    Western Spotted Orb Weaver
    78
    Thumbnail picture of the Wolf Spider
    Wolf Spider
    79
    Thumbnail picture of the Woodland Jumping Spider
    Woodland Jumping Spider
    80
    Thumbnail picture of the Yellow Sac Spider
    Yellow Sac Spider