I am very Sorry, but the Spider Guide will no longer be kept up with. The good news is that I have given up the blogs so I can have one good real website. The new site is USA Spiders. Please do come and check it out.

The Spider Guide Disclaimer

Get Your Spider Identified - I have been helping others get their spiders identified since 2010. I try to be quick in replying and as helpful as I possibly can. If you would like your spider identified, please see Contact the Spider Guide to learn more about getting your spider identified as well as finding the email address.

Spiders and the States
I have created home pages for each state in the United States. When someone sends me a picture of a spider, I will list it under the state it was found in. So please send me pictures of spiders from your home state. You can find the email address under the Contact the Spider Guide section.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

What is Your State Spider?

Recently I was looking up the state symbols for my home state, Michigan. Something caught my attention, and to be honest, it kind of annoyed me.  There is no State Spider. There is actually a State Soil, which is Kalkaska sand, but there is no State Spider?  Really? We have a State Dirt?  I know it must have to do with agriculture and farming and such, but somehow it just doesnt seem right that we have a State Soil, but not a State Spider.

Now, I will admit, I have not looked into the other 49 states, but I am taking an educated guess that no state has a state spider. If someone's home state does have one, please let me know.  I will admit, it kind of has some logic behind it. Can you imagine there being a state spider and we are no longer allowed to kill that kind of spider? Imagine it being a spider that is very common but is quite a pest, and you get them in your home and you can get ticketed for killing them!  So it does kind of make sense that there is no State Spider. Not to mention that most people really dont like spiders and the fear of spiders is one of the largest and most common phobias in the United States if not the world.

Still, I keep thinking it might be interesting to give each state their own State Spider, right here at the Spider Guide. The problem is, I dont think it would be right for me to just issue a spider to each state.  There should be a set of rules to follow. Maybe a vote.  Unfortunately, this site is so new, it doesnt get enough people to do a good vote.  So I decided to post this article and see what others thought.   Should I just set some guidelines and issue spiders to each state by following the guidelines? Should we do a vote? Maybe the first spider to 500 votes gets chosen? Once a spider is chosen, I would want to place the picture on each states spider page as well.

What guidelines should be followed?  Obviously I would say the spider must be indigenous to a state for that state to be allowed to have that spider as its symbol. Also, I would say that it would have to be a specific species of spider. It cannot simply be the Garden Orb Weaver, for there are many different species of the Garden Orb Weaver and many different appearances.  Even within a specific species the appearance can change, so I would even say we should make it specific to appearance.

I would be interested in hearing the thoughts of others. And please, if you think this is stupid because you dont like spiders, then this article is not for you.  I think its ridiculous we have a state dirt, but I will voice my opinion on my own site and I will not go to any agricultural sites and tell them it is stupid or that there shouldnt be one.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Wyoming Spiders

When someone from Wyoming sends me a picture of a spider, I will list that spider here as well as the city and date it was found. As time passes, hopefully we will gather a good list of spiders and their sightings to help us see which spiders are in Wyoming and which spiders are most common.

I will also use some of the pictures on this site. Possibly here on the Wyoming Spider page. I will choose the pictures I use and I make no promises your picture will be used, but the better quality the picture of the spider, the better chance of it landing on the Spider Guide. So if you have a decent camera, start taking pictures and emailing them to me. Please refer to the Contact Guidelines, to get the email address as well as tips and rules to sending them.



Wisconsin Spiders

When someone from Wisconsin sends me a picture of a spider, I will list that spider here as well as the city and date it was found. As time passes, hopefully we will gather a good list of spiders and their sightings to help us see which spiders are in Wisconsin and which spiders are most common.

I will also use some of the pictures on this site. Possibly here on the Wisconsin Spider page. I will choose the pictures I use and I make no promises your picture will be used, but the better quality the picture of the spider, the better chance of it landing on the Spider Guide. So if you have a decent camera, start taking pictures and emailing them to me. Please refer to the Contact Guidelines, to get the email address as well as tips and rules to sending them.


SPIDERS FOUND in WISCONSIN and (quantity of verified sightings from pictures sent to me.)


Fishing Spiders (1)
Photographed by: Doug Dominick - Wisconsin