How to Identify Spiders in Ohio

  • Print this article

Most people tend to be afraid of spiders, but for the most part, spiders in Ohio are harmless and will only bite if they feel threatened. Some spiders in the state are rather colorful and can be quite fascinating to watch. However, there are others that can be rather dangerous, such as those that hunt for their prey, since they tend to be a bit more aggressive than most. For information on identifying the most common spiders in the state of Ohio, read the steps below.


    • 1
      Crab spider

      Look in the garden. You can occasionally find the crab spider on flower petals. These creatures don't spin webs but lurk on flowers, where they capture their prey. They can also be found on tree barks and fruits. They change color depending on where they sit.

    • 2
      Golden orb weaver

      Determine if the spider spins a web. You can find a variety of orb weaver spiders in Ohio. They include the golden orb weaver, the humped orb weaver and the garden orb weaver. They all live on their sticky, wheel-shaped webs, which they spin between trees and shrubbery where insects tend to fly.

    • 3
      Sheet weaver

      Search for the smallest spider in Ohio, which spins an unusual web. The sheet weaver spider grows only to a quarter-inch in size. It creates webs in the shape of a cone in several layers to be able to trap its prey quickly. For the larger insects it catches, the sheet weaver will quickly spin more of its web around the insect to keep it trussed up for later feeding.

    • 4
      Ground spider

      Watch for ground spiders. In Ohio, they live in forest and woodland areas, and travel at night to hunt their prey. They are best recognized by their barrel-shaped spinnerets and by the fact that two of their middle eyes are narrow rather than round. They are black, gray and pinkish-brown.

    • 5
      Jumping spider

      Look out for jumping and wolf spiders. They both live in forests and shrubbery--as well as in deserts and mountain areas elsewhere in the United States. The wolf spider has eight eyes in three different rows, while the jumping spider has two sets of eyes (two large and two small). They both have great vision. The wolf spider is unusual in that the female will carry her egg sac on the bottom of her abdomen until the baby spiders are born. The species is brown and tan with orange markings. Jumping spiders are mostly dark and light brown.

Related Searches




You May Also Like

  • Common Spiders in Ohio

    Ohio is home to almost 600 types of spiders. Most of the spiders found in Ohio are not problematic to humans; rather,...

  • Ohio Wolf Spiders

    Ohio is home to about 580 species of spiders, and wolf spiders make up about 9 percent of the state's total spider...

  • Poisonous Spiders Native to Ohio

    There are roughly 600 species of spiders native to Ohio, a number high enough to give nearly everyone in the local populace...

  • Are There Any Brown Recluse Spiders in Ohio?

    The Midwestern state of Ohio is home to a large variety of spiders of all colors, shapes and sizes, some of which...

  • Spiders That Are Common in Oklahoma

    Several types of spider are common in Oklahoma, where the climate is ideal for hatching eggs, survival and growth. All are harmless...

  • How to Identify Spiders With Pictures

    How to Identify Spiders With Pictures. ... Poisonous Spiders in Ohio. There are not many species of venomous spiders in Ohio, and...

  • How to Identify Spiders

    Spiders are any arachnids of the order Araneae, of which there are about 40,000 species. They have two body segments, an abdomen...

  • Poisonous Spiders in Ohio

    Poisonous Spiders in Ohio. There are not many species of venomous spiders in Ohio, and overall occurrences are rare. ... How to...

  • Venomous Spiders in Ohio

    Black & Yellow Spiders in Northeast Ohio; How to Identify Poisionous Spiders; Comments. Related Ads. View Photos Shared Family Time With Your...

  • Information About Wolf Spiders in Ohio

    Wolf spiders, known for their deadly hunting prowess, can be found throughout all of Ohio. As members of the arachnid family Lycosidae,...

  • Spiders Common to Buildings in Central Ohio

    Ohio is home to almost 600 species from 39 spider families. Most spiders found in Ohio are beneficial because they prey on...

  • Common Spiders in Northeast Ohio

    Nearly all of the most common spiders in Ohio are not dangerous to humans, and they are frequently found in homes, barns,...

  • How to Identify Spiders Living in a Garage

    Black & Yellow Spiders in Northeast Ohio. Most spiders found in Ohio are harmless to humans. Although nearly all spiders have venom,...

  • Common MA Spiders

    The common house spider is a dark brown color and dwells in houses, especially in attic corners and basements. ... Venomous Spiders...

  • Common Spiders in Southwest Ohio

    Common Spiders in Southwest Ohio. There are quite a few spiders common to Southwest Ohio. ... The Slinky Wolf Spider; Insect Identification:...

  • Types of Spiders in the State of Ohio

    Types of Spiders in the State of Ohio. ... What Kind of Foxes Live in Ohio? Four fox species live in North...

  • Common Garden Spiders in Ohio

    Many garden spiders call Ohio home. According to Ohio State University, there are close to 600 different species living there. ... How...

  • Black & Yellow Spiders in Northeast Ohio

    Hairy Black Spiders With White Dots in Columbus, Ohio. Spiders are common in the gardens and homes of Columbus, Ohio, and many...

  • Spiders in Toledo, Ohio

    According to Ohio State University at Marion, Ohio hosts over 580 spider species, most of which live across the entire state. While...

  • Crab Spiders in Ohio

    Ohio's crab spiders are divided into two related families. ... How to Identify Spiders in Ohio. Most people tend to be afraid...

Related Ads

View Mobile Site