Spiders in West Virginia

West Virginia has a mountainous terrain, and in the cold regions located at a high altitude lesser numbers of spiders are present. In fact, they mostly throng in areas with a low height that is comparatively warmer. Species of the orb-weaver, cobweb, and funnel weaver family mostly frequent different parts of the state. The only deadliest spider found here is the southern black widow. The brown recluse occurring in most of the states of the U.S. is not found here, with some of them residing near the western tip of this state.

Common spiders: Common House (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), Triangulate Cobweb (Steatoda triangulosa), and members of the wolf (Lycosidae) family

Largest spider: Members of the Wolf (Lycosidae) family

Spiders in West Virginia Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans)

Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-Weaver (Araneidae)

Long-jawed Orb-Weaver (Tetragnathidae)

Prowling (Miturgidae)

  • Long-legged Sac (Cheiracanthuim mildei)

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

  • Common House (Parasteatoda tepidariorum)
  • Triangulate Cobweb (Steatoda triangulosa)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Ground (Gnaphosidae)


Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae)

Lynx (Oxyopidae)

  • Striped Lynx (Oxyopes salticus)
  • Western Lynx (Oxyopes scalaris)