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Identify Spiders in Southwest Florida

Identify Spiders in Southwest Florida


Naples SWFL Spider Identification including the black widow, brown recluse, orb spider and others. Please comment with local anecdotes!

Black Widow

black widow is found in naples fl area

Black Widow.

Very similar to local examples I’ve seen here in the Naples area. I’ve personally seen more black widows near Orlando than in Naples but they are not uncommon here. Found under trash barrels, in garages and other dark spots. By Chuck Evans”. (Own work) [(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)]

Brown Recluse

brown recluse may be found in naples area

Brown Recluse, found but not common

The brown recluse spiders I have personally observed around the Naples area are very, very similar in color to this public domain image. Not to be confused with Southern house spider below.

Southern House Spiders

southern house spider is found in naples area

Southern House Spider, found in our area

The male southern house spider is often mistaken for a brown recluse spider. Though, notice the difference in the abdominal shape. These are harmless spiders often found in eaves and under overhangs.

Wolf Spider

wolf spider is found in our area naples

Wolf spider is found in our area, I often see them jump off when I open the screen door to my pool cage. By Patrick Edwin Moran (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Orb Spider

orb spider is found in naples area

Orb Spider, found in our area

Image is very like ones I’ve seen in Naples. And they are very common in my experience. Check out the path at Clam Pass park to see some in the wild. By Markrosenrosen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)