Spiders in Kentucky

Kentucky has about 50 spider species of which the brown recluse and black widow are the deadliest. The common families seen here include the purse web, orb-weavers, cellar, jumping, and fishing.

Spiders in Kentucky Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Kentucky

Bold Jumper (Phidippus audax)Tiger Wolf (Tigrosa aspersa)White-banded Crab (Misumenoides formosipes)
Dark Fishing (Dolomedes tenebrosus)

Largest Spiders in Kentucky

Members of the Fishing (Dolomedes)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 >


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)

Star Bellied Orb Weaver Spider Starbellied Orb-weaver (Acanthepeira stellata) - The Starbellied orb-weaver is a special spider from the Araneidae family. You can often see it in places like Mexico and Canada, especially between late spring and early fall.… Continue Reading >

Araneus cingulatus Araneus cingulatus - The Araneus cingulatus is a special kind of orb weaver spider. What makes it stand out? It has bright red spots on its tummy!… Continue Reading >

Furrow Spider Size Furrow (Larinioides cornutus) - Did you know there's a spider called the Furrow spider? It belongs to the orb-weaver family. You can find them in places like North Africa, Europe, parts of Asia, and even in North and South America!… 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 >

Triangle Orb Weaver Arrowhead (Verrucosa arenata) - Imagine spiders weaving beautiful webs! They're called arrowhead spiders and mostly live in the New World. Their fancy name, Verrucosa, means 'warty' and arenata means 'sand' in a language called Latin.… 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 >

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 >

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 >

  • Araneus miniatus

Jumping (Salticidae)

Bold Jumping Spider Picture Bold Jumping (Phidippus audax) - Bold jumping spiders are super cool members of the Salticidae spider family. They get attention for their amazing jumps and colorful looks. Instead of using webs to catch food, they like to sneak up on bugs and jump on them!… 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 >

Male Tan Jumping Spider Tan Jumping (Platycryptus undatus) - Tan jumping spiders are super interesting! They hop around and belong to the jumping spider family. You can find them in places like North and Central America.… Continue Reading >

Dimorphic Jumping Spider Female Dimorphic Jumping (Maevia inclemens) - The Dimorphic Jumping Spider is a bright creature from North America. "Dimorphic" means having two forms. What's special about these spiders?… Continue Reading >

Paraphidippus Aurantius Emerald Jumping Spider (Paraphidippus aurantius) - Discover the emerald jumping spider, also known as Paraphidippus aurantius. Found everywhere from the United States to Panama and even the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, these spiders stand out due to their size, being notably larger than many other jumping spiders.… Continue Reading >

Phidippus Putnami Phidippus putnami - Say hello to Phidippus putnami! This lively spider belongs to the jumping spiders family and loves hopping around in North America. We've gathered some awesome facts about this jumpy friend for you to explore.… Continue Reading >

  • Marpissa lineata

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Dark Fishing Dark Fishing (Dolomedes tenebrosus) - The Dark Fishing Spider is a special spider from the Pisauridae family. It looks a lot like the striped fishing spider. Here's something wild: after these spiders mate, the male often becomes a meal for the female!… Continue Reading >

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 >

Striped Fishing Spider Size Striped Fishing (Dolomedes scriptus) - Discover the Striped Fishing Spider! This big spider is part of the Pisauridae family and lives in both the United States and Canada. With its striking patterns and unique habits, it has become a topic of interest.… Continue Reading >

dolomedes vittatus Dolomedes vittatus - The Dolomedes vittatus belongs to the nursery web spiders family. These spiders have a cool talent: they can glide across water in search of their next meal.… Continue Reading >

Crab (Thomisidae)

White Banded Crab Spider White Banded Crab (Misumenoides formosipes) - Did you know there are spiders called White banded crab spiders? They're part of a big family named Thomisidae. These spiders live in the United States and Canada.… Continue Reading >

Wandering (Ctenidae)

Anahita punctulata Southeastern Wandering (Anahita punctulata) - Have you ever heard of Southeastern wandering spiders? They're part of the big Ctenidae family and come from the Anahita group. These spiders can be found in various places in America.… Continue Reading >

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 >

Common House Spider Size Common House (Parasteatoda tepidariorum) - Guess what? The American house spider is a popular spider many people meet! Even though its name says "American," it's also found in places like Pakistan and Myanmar.… Continue Reading >

  • Rhomphaea fictilium
  • Spintharus flavidus
  • Subsocial Tangle Web (Anelosimus studiosus)
  • Twospotted Cobweb (Asagena americana)

Tube-dwelling (Segestriidae)

  • Ariadna bicolor


Castianeira amoena Castianeira amoena - Step into the world of the Castianeira amoena spider! This unique crawler is part of the Corinnidae spiders family. It has special colors and patterns that warn other animals to stay away.… Continue Reading >

Castianeira Longipalpa Castianeira longipalpa - The Castianeira longipalpa spider is a cool member of the Corinnidae spiders family. Found in North America, this spider acts a lot like carpenter ants. It's a master of disguise!… Continue Reading >

  • Meriola decepta

Ground (Gnaphosidae)

  • Cesonia bilineata
  • Sergiolus capulatus

Philodromid Crab (Philodromidae)

  • Thanatus formicinus

Wolf (Lycosidae)

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 >

  • Tigrosa helluo
  • Tiger Wolf (Tigrosa aspersa)