Spiders in Cyprus

When talking about Cyprus the first things that come to mind are beautiful beaches and lively nightlife. However, it is also known for its exotic wildlife, creepy crawlies, and predators. Truth be told, spiders might surprise you when you visit the forestry parts of the island. If you have any plans of traveling to Cyprus, it would be best if you take extra caution in areas known to be heavily infested with spiders, especially if you have fear of creepy crawlers.

Spiders in Cyprus

Spiders in Cyprus Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Cyprus

Common Garden SpidersWolf Spiders

Biggest Spiders in Cyprus

European TarantulaWalckenaer’s Huntsman Spider also called Cyprus Huntsman (Eusparassus walckenaeri)Middle East Black Tarantula / Black Furry

Most Venomous Spiders

Cobweb Spiders/Tangle Web Spiders (Theridiidae)

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 >

Female Brown Widow Spider Brown Widow (Latrodectus geometricus) - The Brown Widow Spider is a cool spider that belongs to the cobweb spiders family. Some people know more about its cousin, the Black Widow, but the Brown Widow has its own interesting story.… Continue Reading >

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 >


Mediterranean Recluse Spider Mediterranean Recluse (Loxosceles rufescens) - Guess where the Mediterranean recluse spider comes from? That's right, the Mediterranean areas! Even though it started there, now you can find this spider all over the world.… Continue Reading >

Less Venomous Spiders

Tarantulas (Theraphosidae)

  • Middle East Black Tarantula / Black Furry, Black Tarantula – Chaetopelma olivaceum

Jumping Spiders

  • Red-bellied Jumping Spider – Philaeus chrysops
  • Pantropical Jumping Spider – Plexippus paykulli

Orb Weavers (Araneidae)

Banded Garden Spider Banded Garden (Argiope trifasciata) - The banded garden spider is a common spider with two types: Argiope trifasciata deserticola and Argiope trifasciata kauaiensis. They prefer warm places and usually aren't around in cold winters because they don't like the chill.… Continue Reading >

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 >

Crab Spiders – Thomisidae

  • Napoleon Spider – Synema globosum
  • Giant Crab SpidersOlios giganteus

Nursery Web Spiders (Pisauridae)

  • European Nursery Web Spider – Pisaura mirabilis