Spiders in Nebraska

As per estimations, there are approximately 200 spider species indigenous to Nebraska, with about 20 of them being unique. Species of families like the cellar, jumping, crab, ground, and funnel weaver are sighted here. Two of the most dangerous spiders one may spot here include are the brown recluse and black widow.

In 2018, the photograph of a spider gained popularity in social media, with many calling it deadly, and spider from hell. James Kalisch from the University of Nebraska dismissed this news as a hoax and identified it as the woodlouse spider. He even mentioned that it might appear dangerous, but would not harm humans.

Common spiders: Common House (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa), Black Widow (Latrodectus Hesperus), and spiders of the wolf (Lycosidae) family.

Largest spiders: Banded Garden(Argiope trifasciata), Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia) and spiders of the Wolf (Lycosidae) family

Spiders in Nebraska Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders


  • Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa)

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

Less Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Ground (Gnaphosidae)

Prowling (Miturgidae)

Crab (Thomisidae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

  • Steatoda borealis

Woodlouse Hunter (Dysderidae)