Nov 29, 2009

A Green Spider?

Cindy needs some help in identifying this spider. They've been emerging from her bathtub drain for a few weeks now, and she suspects that they are young wolf spiders. She lives in Alberta, Canada. Any takers? I'm inclined to think she's right, since I think I see the characteristic two prominent eyes on the top of its head. Regardless, it looks to be recyclable (# 5). A green spider then.

10 comments:

Dudel said...

It could be a wolfy, yeah. I can sorta make out the eyes.

Something that should be watched is if the abdomen is yellow and not brown.

I can't tell the difference via the photo with being partially colorblind and the image being kinda grainy.

OH.. and not that I know the spider but yellow, in general, is a bad sign.

Tim Eisele said...

It's hard to see the eyes, but it looks to me like there is a row of four across the face, not two large ones. Given where it was found, there's a good chance it is a European House Spider, at least it looks quite a lot like the ones we find in our house.

Nervavels said...

These look almost like the little light colored spiders that occasionally come out in my kitchen. I usually shoo them into corners and under the fridge. They don't grow very big, at least not in my kitchen. I just thought they were common house spiders....

Anonymous said...

"OH.. and not that I know the spider but yellow, in general, is a bad sign."

Not that kind of yellow, which I wouldn't even call yellow. I'd call it brown. It's yellows like THIS: http://robbsnet.com/fire_salamander.jpg that should make you think twice.

I agree it's a European House Spider.

Dr. Raz said...

I don't know, but if they were coming out of my bathtub drain I'd freak out. I'd probably pour some poison down on them! Sorry!

Adorably Dead said...

http://pestcontrolcanada.com/Questions/sewer%20spider.jpg

It also looks like it could be a domestic house spider. The site I was at said if there are banding on the legs then it could be an aggressive house spider or hobo spider. The patterning on it's abdomen is pretty though, I think I'm getting a new appreciation for spiders. ^_^ Juuuust as long as I don't have to touch them, not that appreciative.

Stari said...

cindy!- ok enough with hearing names i know, i'd probably run out of the room and make someone kill, than i'd feel guilty later on...

Joe Lapp said...

Not a wolf spider. The posterior row of eyes appears to be linear and forward facing. I'd go with a funnel spider (Agelenidae) of some sort.

Joe Lapp said...

In fact, the PER is nearly straight. I'd go with Tegeneria, as everyone else is saying -- the house spider. I don't have enough experience with these guys to ID them to species.

Alan said...

On a related note, does anyone know what large spiders live in Cyprus? A friend of mine stayed out there in a rented house and found one on the stairs one morning. He managed to get it inside a pint glass and put it outside, but from the picture he showed me I would estimate the leg span to be well over 10cm (it sppeared to be a male by the way)