Spiky Mutant Spider of Doom

Apr 14, 2012 by

I came across this rather stunning fella inside my front porch – take a peek.

Spiky Florida Crab Spider of Doom

He sorta looks like a crab, doesn't he? But is he? Click to expand to its full glory.

Do you agree that he looks quite sinister for a spider?

What kind of spider is he, you wonder? I have no idea, and I’ve been trying to find out.

There’s a lovely spider identification guide for the Eastern US and Canada, and my spiky visitor seems to resemble a female jumping spider the best, but not quite.

I’ve emailed in a request for identification; both out of curiosity, and to see if he really is as sinister as he looks.

Florida is home to many-a-poisonous spider. We’ve found black widows and brown widows happily building egg sacks in our lanai, and many a jumping spider has hunted its way across the ground in front of us, much to the amusement of our cats. We like the jumping spiders though, or so Nurse Jane tells me, because they keep the population of other insects down and result in less bugs overall. But they jump. And skitter. And pounce like an excited feline to devour their prey.

Do you know what kind of spiders lurk in the dark reaches of your home? Or, you know… on your porch. If you were to go hiking in the woods (or say, bugging out), do you know what kind insects and spiders you’ll run in to? If you don’t, you should find out so you can identify and avoid the poisonious ones as best you can.

For a brief guide on the various types of Florida spiders, see this site from Florida Bugs.

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  1. Anonymous

    Crab spider?

  2. RedNeckPrepper

    Nice shot! Woulda liked to see him more closeup.

  3. John Doe

    That’s a selenops subspecies.

  4. Pina

    great now i see them running across my childrens faces in the middle of the night. thanks!

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