Spiders in Florida

The state of Florida houses about 60 spider species distributed throughout the northern, southern, and central parts of Florida, of which the most dangerous ones are the widow and recluse.

The two-striped jumping spider (Telamonia dimidiata) was rumored to be a deadly species, dwelling in Northern Florida, mostly under toilet seats, claiming the lives of people. However, later, it was said that this was nothing more than a piece of hoax news.

Spiders in Florida Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Florida

Spiny-backed Orb-weaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis)Banded Garden (Argiope trifasciata)

Largest Spiders in Florida

Golden Silk Orb-weaver (Nephila clavipes)Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia)Wolf (Lycosidae) family

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Southern Black Widow Size Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans) - Did you know there's a spider called the southern black widow? It's mostly found in North America. It has family members like the western black widow and northern black widow, and they look a bit alike.… Continue Reading >

Northern Black Widow Spider Size Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus) - The Northern Black Widow is a cool spider found mainly on the 'East Coast' of North America. It's a close relative to the southern and western black widows.… 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 >

Red Widow Spider Size Red Widow (Latrodectus bishopi) - Have you ever seen a bright red spider? There's one called the Red Widow Spider, and it's part of the 'widow spider' family. This special spider lives in just a few places in the United States.… Continue Reading >


Brown Recluse Image Brown Recluse Spider (Loxosceles reclusa) - The brown recluse spider is a special spider found mostly in the central and southern parts of the U.S. It's part of a small group of spiders in North America known for having strong venom, along with the Chilean recluse and black widow.… Continue Reading >

Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Tropical Orb Weaver Spider Tropical Orb-weaver (Eriophora ravilla) - The tropical orb-weaver is a fascinating spider from the Eriophora genus, part of the Araneidae family. You'll often find it in many areas of the United States.… Continue Reading >

Gasteracantha Cancriformis Spider Spinybacked Orbweaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis) - Discover the spiny-backed orb-weaver, a fascinating spider from the orb-weaver family. Found mostly in the New World, these spiders are known for the unique, spine-like bumps on their back.… Continue Reading >

Leucauge Argyrobapta Mabel’s Orchard Orb Weaver Spider (Leucauge argyrobapta) - The Mabel’s Orchard Orb Weaver Spider is a kind of long-jawed orb weaver. Fun fact: Charles Darwin found this spider in Brazil in 1832. It's the first of its kind to be known among orb weavers.… Continue Reading >

Arabesque Orb Weaver Spider Arabesque Orb-weaver (Neoscona arabesca) - The Arabesque orb-weaver is a fascinating spider from the Araneidae family. Common in North America, this orb-weaving spider isn't limited to just one continent.… Continue Reading >

Neoscona Domiciliorum Red-femured Spotted Orbweaver Spider (Neoscona domiciliorum) - Explore the red-femured spotted orb weaver spider, part of the orb weavers family. With a name like "domiciliorum," which means "of dwellings" in Latin, it's no surprise they often live around buildings.… Continue Reading >

Golden Silk Orb-Weaver Spider Golden Silk Orb-Weaver (Nephila) - Have you ever seen a spider's web that shines like gold? Meet the Golden Silk Orb-Weaver! With 23 different types living around the world, they're known for their special golden webs.… Continue Reading >

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 >

Yellow Garden Spider Images Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia) - Imagine a spider with bright yellow and black colors, weaving an amazing web in the garden. That's the Yellow Garden Spider for you! They're super peaceful and really good at making fancy webs.… Continue Reading >

Silver Garden Spider Silver Garden (Argiope argentata) - The silver garden spider, shimmering with a unique silvery glow on its carapace, hails from places like Central and South America, as well as parts of the U.S. and the Caribbean Island.… Continue Reading >

Arrow-Shaped Micrathena Arrow-shaped Micrathena (Micrathena sagittata) - The Arrow-shaped micrathena spider has a unique arrow-shaped tummy, which is why it's named that way! This spider is part of the orb-weaver family and lives mainly in the eastern United States and Central America.… Continue Reading >

  • Brown Sailor (Neoscona nautical)
  • Cyclosa turbinata
  • Araneus pegnia
  • Metazygia zilloides
  • Tropical Tent-web (Cyrtophora citricola)
  • Hump-backed Orb-weaver (Eustala anastera)
  • Heptagonal Orb-weaver (Gea heptagon)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Twin Flagged Jumping - Anasaitis canosa Twin Flagged Jumping Spider (Anasaitis canosa) - Dive into the world of spiders and you'll notice the Twin Flagged Jumping Spider. It's known scientifically as Anasaitis canosa and is famous for its unique look and quick moves.… Continue Reading >

Magnolia Green Jumping Spider Picture Magnolia Green Jumper (Lyssomanes viridis) - There's a cool kind of spider called the jumping spider that lives in many parts of the United States. They have an amazing way of moving around! Ready to find out more?… Continue Reading >

Gray Wall Jumping Spider Gray Wall Jumping (Menemerus bivittatus) - Did you know there's a spider called the Gray wall jumper? It belongs to the Salticidae family and is found in warm tropical places in both the north and south.… Continue Reading >

Canopy Jumping Spider Canopy Jumping (Phidippus otiosus) - The Canopy Jumping Spider belongs to the Salticidae family and lives in trees in southeastern North America. It's closely related to other spiders like the Phidippus regius, Phidippus pius, and Phidippus californicus.… Continue Reading >

Female Regal Jumping Regal Jumping (Phidippus regius) - The regal jumping spider is a cool member of the Salticidae family. Here's a fun fact: the boy spiders look so much like black widows because of their color that people sometimes mix them up!… Continue Reading >

  • Pantropical Jumper (Plexippus paykulli)
  • Sylvana Jumping (Colonus sylvanus)
  • Hentz Jumping (Hentzia palmarum)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Six Spotted Fishing Spider Six-spotted Fishing (Dolomedes triton) - Discover the Six-spotted Fishing Spider, often known as the dock spider. These large, semi-aquatic spiders are daytime hunters. They're experts at waiting near water edges, among bushes, ready to catch their next meal.… Continue Reading >

White Banded Fishing Spider Picture White Banded Fishing (Dolomedes albineus) - The white banded fishing spider is a cool member of the nursery web spider group. Guess where it's from? The United States of America!… Continue Reading >

  • Pisaurina brevipes


Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider Size Red-spotted Ant Mimic (Castianeira descripta) - The red-spotted ant mimic spider is super clever! It walks on six legs and uses its front legs like ant antennas. This tricks the ants into thinking it's one of them.… Continue Reading >

  • Falconina gracilis


  • Cithaeron praedonius

Wandering (Ctenidae)

  • Tropical Wolf (Ctenus captiosus)

Lynx (Oxyopidae)

  • Hamataliwa grisea

 Ground (Gnaphosidae)

Eastern Parson Spider Parson (Herpyllus ecclesiasticus) - The eastern parson spider is a special kind of spider from the USA and Canada. It's part of the Gnaphosidae family. Instead of making webs to catch food, this spider likes to chase down its meals!… Continue Reading >

Anyphaenidae Sac

  • Hibana velox

Wolf (Lycosidae)

South Carolina Wolf Spider Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis) - The Carolina Wolf Spider, native to America, is just one of the many wolf spider species globally. Known for being quick hunters, they prefer the chase over waiting on webs. You'll often spot these speedy spiders during midsummer nights, particularly around June.… Continue Reading >

Hogna Antelucana Hogna antelucana - The Hogna antelucana is a special kind of wolf spider found in the USA. People first noticed this spider in Austin, Texas. Like other wolf spiders, it has some cool looks and interesting ways of doing things.… Continue Reading >

Hogna lenta Hogna lenta - The Hogna lenta is a kind of wolf spider that lives mostly in the USA. It's a member of the big wolf spider family. People who study spiders and nature lovers find it really interesting because of the way they act and how they look.… Continue Reading >

Tigrosa Georgicola Spider Tigrosa Georgicola - The Tigrosa georgicola is a kind of spider that lives in the southeastern parts of the United States. It's part of the Lycosidae spider family.… Continue Reading >

  • Trebacosa marxi
  • Tigrosa annexa

Crevice Weaver (Filistatidae)

Southern House Spider Size Southern House (Kukulcania hibernalis) - The Southern House Spider lives in many parts of America, from the north to the south. It's quite a big spider! Interestingly, people often confuse the male Southern House Spider with another spider called the brown recluse because they look a lot alike.… Continue Reading >

Long-Jawed Orb-weaver

Leucauge Argyra Leucauge argyra - Step into the world of Leucauge argyra! This spider is a part of the long-jawed orb weavers family. What's interesting is its connection with the Costa Rican wasp Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga.… Continue Reading >

  • Lupettiana mordax


  • Hacklemesh Weaver (Metaltella simoni)

Running Crab (Philodromidae)

  • Philodromus floridensis

Spitting (Scytodidae)

  • Brown Spitting (Scytodes fusca)
  • Scytodes longipes

Cobweb (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 >


Broad Faced Sac Spider Broad-faced Sac Spider (Trachelas tranquillus) - The broad-faced sac spider belongs to the ground sac spiders family. These spiders call North America their home. Ready to uncover some cool facts about them?… Continue Reading >


Grey House Spider Size Grey House (Badumna longinqua) - The Grey house spider is a fascinating creature from the Desidae family, originally from eastern Australia. But guess what? These spiders have traveled far and wide!… Continue Reading >