Spiders in New York

New York has about 50 spider species from different families like cobweb, orb-weaver, jumping and nursery web. The deadliest among the lot are the brown recluse and black widow, though their presence is extremely rare.

Common spiders: Green Lynx (Peucetia viridans), Eastern Parson (Herpyllus ecclesiasticus), Bold Jumper (Phidippus audax), Cross Orb-weaver (Araneus diadematus)

Biggest spiders: Wolf (Lycosidae) and Fishing (Dolomedes) family

Spiders in New York Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)


Yellow Sac (Cheiracanthium)

Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)


Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Jumping (Salticidae)


  • Garden Ghost (Hibana gracilis)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

  • Gladicosa gulosa
  • Hogna baltimoriana

Crab (Thomisidae)

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Spitting (Scytodidae)

  • Scytodes thoracica

Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae)

Long-Jawed Orb-weaver

  • Tetragnatha viridis

Wolf (Lycosidae)


Lynx (Oxyopidae)

  • Green Lynx (Peucetia viridans)

Ground (Gnaphosidae)

  • Eastern Parson (Herpyllus ecclesiasticus)