Spiders in Minnesota

Minnesota is the home to many spiders of the orb-weaver, cobweb, jumping, crab, and ground family. The deadly spiders found here include the northern widow and the brown recluse, though the latter occurs rarely. The yellow sac, being mildly venomous to humans, also dwell in Minnesota.

Common spiders: Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia), Dark Fishing (Dolomedes tenebrosus), Bold Jumper (Phidippus audax)

Largest spiders: Giant Lichen Orb-weaver (Araneus bicentenarius), members of the Wolf (Lycosidae) family

Spiders in Minnesota Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)



Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-Weaver (Araneidae)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

  • Bold Jumper (Phidippus audax)
  • Zebra Back (Salticus scenicus)

Crab (Thomisidae)

Ground (Gnaphosidae)

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

  • Arctosa rubicunda
  • Arctosa emertoni

Running Crab (Philodromidae)

  • Tibellus maritimus