Illinois Spiders: There
are a three common spider types that can
be found through out the state of Illinois. The
most common spiders you can see are the
Crab Spider, Spiny Orb Weaver Spider,
Garden Spider, Jumping/Zebra Spider, Cellar
Spider, Wolf Spider, and the Black
Widow to name a few.
named for their crab-like movement and the
arrangement of their legs, the first two pairs
being much longer than the others. Crab spiders
that find their way indoors usually get there by
hitchhiking on flowers and plants brought in
Spiny Orb Weaver
The spiny orb-weaver
spider is one of the most colorful and easily
recognized spiders in Illinois. The dorsum of the
abdomen is usually white with black spots and
large red spines on the margin.
are strikingly colored
black with yellow or orange markings, their
bodies can be an inch long. Their webs may span
two feet or more in diameter.
seem to have good vision and sometimes turn to
face those that disturb them. Able to see prey
several inches away, they hunt by day, pouncing
on insects, spiders, etc., and hide at night in
silken retreats in cracks and crevices.
The Cellar Spiders
are sometimes called
“daddy-longlegs” because of their long, delicate
legs. Their tiny bodies are not more than ¼-inch
long. Cellar spiders are most often seen hanging
upside down in sheet-like or irregularly-shaped
webs in corners near the ceiling or floor. The
webs can quickly accumulate and become unsightly
nuisances in cellars, basements or commercial
buildings such as warehouses.
The Wolf Spiders
are active hunters that search for prey day or
night. Some burrow and others rest in silken
retreats beneath rocks, logs and vegetation.
Females attach their egg sacs to their
spinnerets and carry the egg sacs and spider
lings around after they hatch.
The Black Widow
are a glossy jet-black,
with a bright-red hourglass marking on the
underside of their abdomen. These spiders
typically have a row of red dots running down
the top of its abdomen, with white stripes
running diagonally down the sides of the
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