Spiders in Albania

Albania is located on the Balkan peninsula of Europe, just in between Greece and Montenegro. It has unique charm and beauty, which explains why many people from other parts of the world visit Albania. It is without a doubt a picturesque getaway. There are plenty of things to see such as the beautiful Accursed Mountains and azure waters. When visiting these places, there are possibilities that you will encounter living creatures of all types including spiders. These scary critters can be lurking somewhere and so it is important to keep an eye at all times. Although the majority of spider species in Albania are harmless, there are a few that can be potentially harmful such as the black widow spiders.

Spiders in Albania

Spiders in Albania Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Albania

Tropical Tent-web Spider (Cyrtophora citricola)Sweet Ray Spider (Enoplognatha ovata)

Biggest Spiders in Albania

Silver-sided Spider (Zygiella x-notata)

Most Venomous Spiders

Cobweb Spiders/Tangle Web Spiders (Theridiidae)

Widow Spider Widow (Latrodectus) - Meet the Latrodectus spiders, often known as true widows! They're part of the cobweb spider family. By July 2017, there were 31 types of them, living everywhere except Antarctica.… Continue Reading >

Steatoda Paykulliana Steatoda paykulliana - Meet the Steatoda paykulliana spider! It belongs to the comb-footed spiders family. Fun fact: it was named after a famous explorer from Sweden, Gustaf von Paykull.… Continue Reading >

Mediterranean Black Widow Spider Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus) - The Mediterranean black widow spider has a history that dates back to 1790 when Italian expert Pietro Rossi introduced us to it. These spiders belong to the comb-footed family.… Continue Reading >

Less Venomous Spiders

Orb Weavers

European Garden Spider Cross Orb Weaver (Araneus diadematus) - Did you know the Cross Orb Weaver spider comes from Europe and North America? Their legs are super cool because they can spin special round webs.… Continue Reading >

Argiope Lobata Lobed Argiope (Argiope lobata) - Discover the Argiope lobata, a fascinating orb weaver spider that makes its home across three continents. Here, you'll find intriguing facts and details about this widespread spider.… Continue Reading >

Nursery Spiders

  • European Nursery Web Spider – Pisaura mirabilis

Crab Spiders

Female Goldenrod Crab Spider Goldenrod Crab (Misumena vatia) - Goldenrod Crab Spiders are super cool! They can change colors and hang out on flowers, waiting for their food. Instead of making big webs, they use silk for catching food or keeping their eggs safe.… Continue Reading >

  • Pink Crab Spider – Thomisus onustus
  • Napoleon Spider – Synema globosum

Wolf Spiders

Hogna Radiata Hogna radiata - The Hogna radiata is a big spider that's part of the wolf spider family. If you're looking at spiders in Italy, this one's hard to miss because of how big it is and its cool looks.… Continue Reading >

Jumping Spiders

  • Half-edged Wall Jumping Spider – Menemerus semilimbatus

Cellar Spiders

Marbled Cellar Spider Marbled Cellar Spider (Holocnemus pluchei) - Meet the marbled cellar spider! Many call it the "daddy-long-legs" because of its long, thin legs. These cellar spiders love to hang out in homes, especially in attics and basements, making silky webs.… Continue Reading >

Cobweb Spiders/Tangle Web Spiders (Theridiidae)

Triangulate Cobweb Spider Triangulate Cobweb (Steatoda triangulosa) - Meet the triangulate cobweb spider from the Steatoda genus! Found in places like North America, New Zealand, and Europe, this little spider has a neat triangular pattern on its back.… Continue Reading >