Spiders in Indiana

There are more than 400 species of spiders in Indiana. Out of them, the most dangerous ones are the brown recluse and the southern black widow. The former builds its web in dry regions, while the latter prefers dark, dingy and isolated areas.

Common spiders: Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia), Dark Fishing (Dolomedes tenebrosus), Six-spotted Fishing (Dolomedes triton), spiders of the Wolf (Lycosidae) family

Largest spiders: Wolf (Lycosidae) family, Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia)

Spiders in Indiana Identification Chart

Highly Venomous


Cobweb (Theridiidae)

  • Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans)

Less Venomous

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

  • Six-spotted Fishing (Dolomedes triton)
  • Dark Fishing (Dolomedes tenebrosus)
  • Dolomedes vittatus

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae)

Ground (Gnaphosidae)

Crab (Thomisidae)

Spitting (Scytodidae)

  • Scytodes thoracica

Wolf (Lycosidae)

Trachelidae (Araneomorph)



  • Bowl and Doily (Frontinella pyramitela)