Spiders in Missouri

Among the different spider families living in Missouri, the brown recluse and the northern black widow are the deadliest.

Common spiders: Triangulate Orb-weaver (Verrucosa arenata), Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia), Banded Garden (Argiope trifasciata), Goldenrod Crab (Misumena vatia), and members of the Wolf (Lycosidae) family.

Largest spiders: Species of the Wolf (Lycosidae) family

Spiders in Missouri Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

  • Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus)


Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-Weaver (Araneidae)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Cellar (Pholcidae)

Ground (Gnaphosidae)

  • Sergiolus capulatus

Wolf (Lycosidae)