94% of people can't name all of these spiders from an image! Can you?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, affects nearly half of the U.S. population. However, most spiders aren't poisonous, but rather helpful in keeping down the insect population. So how many of these spiders do you think you can name from an image? Take this quiz to find out.

Male American House Spiders have orange legs. The females’ legs are yellow. The legs of both males and females have dark bands.

Like most other jumping spiders, Tan Jumping Spiders have great eyesight. They can be found is several areas throughout North and Central America

In general, the Trashline Orb Weaver is a very small spider. The female is larger than the male (as is the case with most spider species) with a body length of about 7.5 millimeters. These spiders recycle waste material, adding it as camouflage to their webs.

Once the sun rises, the Arrowhead Orb Weaver begins to take down its web. It will build another web for that day and repeat the process the next day.

Spotted Orb Weaver Spiders are mostly nocturnal. Their abdomens are brown and hairy on top but the underside is black and has two white spots.

The distinctive triangular pattern on this spider’s abdomen leads to its name. The Triangulate Cob Web Spider is a common house spider that can be found in many regions of the world.

The “crab” in this spider’s name is due to its front pair of legs being quite thick and long. It’s unlikely you’ll find this spider indoors since it prefers wooded areas as the ‘bark’ in its name suggests.

If you measure from spike to spike across this spider’s back you could get as much as 3 centimeters – that’s over an inch. It’s only in the case of the females, however, since the males' projections are more like stubby knobs than spikes.

As far as its name goes, it is the web it makes and not the spider itself that has a golden sheen. These large spiders are, in fact, colored silvery-grey to plum with brown-black legs that tend to have yellow bands.

The characteristic arrow-shaped abdomen which gives this spider its name is only featured in the females of the species. The web of the Arrow-shaped Micrathena Spider also has a characteristic feature – a hole in its center.

Sowbugs (aka woodlice) may be tough little pests, but they are no match for the Sowbug Killer Spider which views them as regular prey. These spiders live close to their food source, so you can find them under rocks and logs or in leaf litter.

The painted abdomen of this large spider will vary in color from one spider to the next. Furthermore, while most orb weaver spiders have a more or less spherical abdomen, this species is noted for the oblong shape of its body.

The egg cocoons of the Banded Garden Spider can hold several hundred eggs. The eggs are laid in early fall and the young spiders emerge from the cocoons in spring.

The Southeastern Wandering Spider is an active hunter and as such does not spin a web. They are aggressive, venomous, and hunt at night.

This spider is easily identified by the bold pattern on its abdomen. The Western Spotted Orb Weaver’s circular web is often located out in the open away from foliage.

Although there are color variations from one spider to the next, this spider is known by the distinctive black and yellow pattern on its abdomen. Also, the females of this species are about four times larger than the males.

While the true Daddy Long Legs is not a spider, there is a species of spiders that is referred to as Daddy Long Legs. While real Daddy Long Legs have 8 legs like a spider, they only have two eyes instead of the eight that spiders typically have.

Keen eyesight and the tendency to live and hunt alone are a couple of the characteristics of the Wolf Spider. They are also known to hunt down and pounce on their prey.

The venom of the Black Widow Spider is said to be up to 15 times as strong as that of a rattlesnake. A healthy adult will most likely not die from being bitten by a Black Widow, however, small children, the elderly, and sick people may not fare so well.

Found throughout warmer regions of the Americas, the Silver Garden Spider can often be distinguished by the zig-zag stabilizing pattern it forms in its web. The female of the species can grow up to 3.5 centimeters long.

The Bold Jumping Spider is often called the Daring Jumping Spider. Among its distinguishing traits are mouthparts which are an iridescent blue or green.

Sac Spiders have an abdomen that is conical in shape. They can be found in many regions throughout the world.

These mainly nocturnal spiders are wandering hunters. They do not build webs but tend to live on the ground in leaf litter, among decomposing wood, and under rocks.

Although called “brown,” their colors can be anywhere from whitish to dark brown to blackish gray. Those bitten by the Brown Recluse Spider may need to seek medical attention to counter the effects of its venom.

Like other spiders that do not build webs, the Running Crab Spider uses its silk for egg sacs and as draglines. This species tends to have a leaf-like mark on its abdomen.

The female Spined Micrathena Spider is typically black with white markings. Her abdomen is encircled by five pairs of black spines.

Brown Widows closely resemble the immature version of the more dangerous Black Widow spiders. Their egg sacs are spiky and can each hold up to 150 eggs.

The Red ant-mimic Spider uses its disguise for a double advantage. It fools would-be predators into thinking it’s a red ant and so is often left alone. It also tricks the red ant (its most favored prey) into thinking it’s one of them so it can get close enough for a meal.

Despite its name, the Shamrock Spider is not green but rather can be white, yellow, bright red, purple or anything in-between. They do have the number three in common with the clover leaf in their name, however, as they display three stripes on their legs.

Except for the fact that its body is shiny and hairless, the California Trapdoor Spider looks pretty much like a small Tarantula. Its burrow is built with a hinged door made of silk so it can spring out and catch its prey.

The Orb Weaver Spider builds a spiral wheel-shaped web and not a ball as its name suggests. This is one of the most common groups of spiders found around the world.

The Red Folding Trapdoor Spider is related to both the Trapdoor Spider family and to Tarantulas. They do not spin webs, but rather live in underground burrows designed with a silk trapdoor from which the spider jumps out to surprise its prey.

These solitary hunters do not spin webs, preferring instead to actively hunt down their prey. The Carolina Wolf Spider is thought to be the largest of the Wolf Spiders throughout North America. It has been singled out as the official spider of South Carolina.

The Green Crab Spider has two pairs of remarkably long front legs. This wandering hunter does not build webs but uses its long legs to help grab and secure its prey.

The name of this spider is derived from a combination of its large abdomen and two very prominent “horns” like cat’s ears on its “shoulders.” Together they give the very distinct appearance of a cat’s face.

The female Marble Orb Weaver has a huge abdomen which is often orange with spots of pale yellow and brown to purple markings. Marble Orb Weaver Spiders like to build their webs among the plants that grow along the banks of streams.

Nursery Web Spiders come in various colors but their large and hairy appearance means they are often mistaken for Wolf Spiders. The female Nursery Web Spider builds a silken “tent” for her egg sac and guards it until the young spiders emerge.

Cross-Spiders can range in color from light yellow, to orange-brown, to dark grey. What they all have in common, however, are mottled markings across their abdomens with at least five large white dots in the shape of a cross.

The Long-bodied Cellar Spider has extremely long legs and prefers to stay hidden away in sheltered areas. As a result, they can often be found in dark, quiet spots, such as cellars, garages, warehouses and caves.

This very large and very hairy spider is both endangered and protected. The males have longer legs than the females but as is typical of most spider species, they have smaller bodies.

Found in dry regions of both Arizona and Mexico, this spider is often called the “Blond Tarantula” due to its covering of thick, pale hair. They hunt mostly at night and prefer to stay close to their burrows, venturing further away only during mating season.

This tiny spider can jump a distance more than 5 times its body length. It is a daytime hunter that prefers to pounce on its prey rather than build webs.

This Central American native is closely related to the Mexican Orange-Kneed Tarantula. It is covered in curled dark-brown to black hairs that have a distinctive golden sheen.

The Hacklemesh Weaver will eat whatever gets caught in its web – including other spiders. They have also been known to eat earthworms.

To figure out this spider’s name, count the black spots on its underside – six of them. If you count the white spots on the top of its abdomen, you’ll get a whole lot more than six.

Fishing Spiders look very much like larger versions of Wolf Spiders in that they have the similar coloration and shape. There have been reports of them catching small fish.

The Giant Crab Spider is also known as the Huntsman Spider. It is a large spider that moves fast and sideways like a crab.

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