Spiders in Vermont

Vermont has about 25 species of spiders of which the brown recluse and northern black widow are considered the most dangerous. The northern yellow sac could also be harmful to humans though they are mildly venomous.

Common Spiders: Banded Garden (Argiope trifasciata) Marbled Orb-Weaver (Araneus marmoreus), Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia)

Largest Spiders: Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia), members of the Wolf (Lycosidae) family

Spiders in Vermont Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders


Cobweb (Theridiidae)

  • Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus)


Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Prowling (Miturgidae)

  • Long-legged Sac (Cheiracanthuim mildei)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

  • Ground Wolf (Trochosa terricola)
  • Tigrosa helluo

Long-jawed Orb-weaver


Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae)

Cobweb (Theridiidae)