Spiders in Virginia

North America has over 3600 species of spiders out of which about 60 of them are found in Virginia. Of the several spiders found here only one, i.e. the black widow is deemed as poisonous.  Another dangerous species, the brown recluse that dwells in most parts of America, is extremely rare here.

Common Spiders: Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia), Orchard Orb-weaver (Leucauge venusta), Dark Fishing (Dolomedes tenebrosus)

Largest Spiders: Wolf spider family, Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia)

Spiders in Virginia Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae)

  • Barronopsis texana


Ground (Gnaphosidae)

  • Cesonia bilineata
  • Eastern Parson (Herpyllus ecclesiasticus)
  • Sergiolus capulatus


  • Black-tailed Red Sheetweaver (Florinda coccinea)

White-Jawed Jumping

  • Hentzia mitrata

Anyphaenidae Sac

  • Garden Ghost (Hibana gracilis)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

Crevice Weaver (Filistatidae)

Spitting (Scytodidae)

  • Scytodes longipes

Cobweb (Theridiidae)