Frequently Asked Questions about Arachnids
Privacy and Use of Questions: Please be aware that the AAS intends to keep a record of the questions that are asked and the answers that are provided. Persons who submit questions will not be identified, but please assume that if you ask a question, it may eventually become part of this Q& A collection.
!. What is this spider I found?
If you want
to know the identity of a spider or other arachnid you have encountered,
send a digital photo of it to Dr.
Rovner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only e-mails with attached
sharp, close-up photos will yield a response. Words alone do not
Otherwise, use the following methods:
BEST METHOD: Compare the spider with pictures provided in an illustrated guide such as SPIDERS AND THEIR KIN by Levi et al (St. Martin's Press. ISBN 1582381569), available in local bookstores and the internet for about $7 or less.
- The University of Nebraska at Lincoln Entomology Department
- Kaweah Oaks Preserve (California)
- Kentucky Spiders
- Insect Identification/Bug Finder - database searchable by color, number of legs and state, will include the most common arachnids
2. Is this a Brown Recluse?