Hawaii Spiders

Of the 39 species found in our database, the following are established in Hawaii. Our current understanding of each spider's distribution is drawn from numerous scientific publications and online spider submissions in order to be as accurate as possible. It is important to remember that spiders are not bound by the territorial lines decided on by humans, therefore their distribution is subject to change. Occasionally, spiders can be found well outside of their known range due to being intentionally or accidentally transported by humans in cars, luggage, and other belongings.

Species Found in Hawaii

Male Adult Male
Male Argiope aurantia spider
Female Adult Female
Female Argiope aurantia spider

Argiope aurantia
(Black and Yellow Garden Spider)

Summary

Mature females are enormous, their bold black-and-yellow pattern adding to their intimidating appearance. Common in gardens, orchards, forest edges, old fields, and farms, they spin a classic round orb web which is usually decorated with a bold, zigzag band of silk called a stabilimentum.

Male Adult Male
Male Argiope trifasciata spider
Female Adult Female
Female Argiope trifasciata spider

Argiope trifasciata
(Banded Garden Spider)

Summary

Females are large, silvery spiders with legs banded in black and yellow. Look for this species in late summer and fall in fields, prairies, gardens, and meadows. The circular webs are built close to the ground amid tall grasses and weeds, often with a zigzag band of silk running through the center.

Male Adult Male
Male Dolomedes triton spider
Female Adult Female
Female Dolomedes triton spider

Dolomedes triton
(Six-spotted Fishing Spider)

Summary

A large and strong hunting spider, this species is more closely associated with water than any of the other Nearctic fishing spiders. Find it among aquatic vegetation at the margins of streams and rivers, as well as floating around in lakes and residential pools. It eats aquatic insects, small fish, or even small amphibians!

Male Adult Male
Male Dysdera crocata spider
Female Adult Female
Female Dysdera crocata spider

Dysdera crocata
(Woodlouse Hunter)

Summary

Native to Europe, and now widespread across the globe, this brightly colored spider is hard to miss. The long jaws and fangs are used to stab or turn over its prey: land isopods like sowbugs and roly-polies. This species does not spin a web, but hunts “on foot,” sometimes straying indoors.

Male Adult Male
Male Latrodectus geometricus spider
Female Adult Female
Female Latrodectus geometricus spider

Latrodectus geometricus
(Brown Widow Spider)

Summary

The “Brown Widow” is probably native to Africa, but now found almost globally in subtropical regions. Its affinity for man-made structures has allowed it to spread via commerce. It can be common in yards and gardens, often in more exposed situations than other widow species. The spiky egg sacs are fairly diagnostic.

Male Adult Male
Male Latrodectus mactans spider
Female Adult Female
Female Latrodectus mactans spider

Latrodectus mactans
(Southern Black Widow)

Summary

Mature females are black with a red hourglass on the belly, easily visible as the spider hangs upside down in its web at night. By day, they hide. Immature females have pale stripes and spots, gradually losing those markings as they age. These are shy spiders, and if you avoid placing your hands where you can’t see, bites are unlikely.

Male Adult Male
Male Menemerus bivittatus spider
Female Adult Female
Female Menemerus bivittatus spider

Menemerus bivittatus
(Gray Wall Jumper)

Summary

This species is native to the Old World tropics, but has ridden cargo to many other tropical and subtropical places around the globe. Look for these jumping spiders almost exclusively on the exterior walls of buildings here in the U.S. They are active hunters during the day and spend the night hidden away in crevices.

Male Adult Male
Male Neoscona crucifera spider
Female Adult Female
Female Neoscona crucifera spider

Neoscona crucifera
(Spotted Orbweaver)

Summary

This species is relatively variable in color and sometimes pattern, but is most commonly seen sporting a rusty-red or golden orange color. The orb-shaped web is very large and is often constructed on buildings and other man-made structures, especially near outdoor lights. This species is most conspicuous in late summer and early fall.

Male Adult Male
Male Parasteatoda tepidariorum spider
Female Adult Female
Female Parasteatoda tepidariorum spider

Parasteatoda tepidariorum
(Common House Spider)

Summary

This species is abundant and widespread across the entire world, and is closely associated with buildings and other man-made structures. The teardrop-shaped, papery brown egg sacs can aid in their identification. The spider’s color and body shape cause them to be mistaken for “brown widows” on occasion.

Male Adult Male
Male Phidippus audax spider
Female Adult Female
Female Phidippus audax spider

Phidippus audax
(Bold Jumper)

Summary

The “Bold Jumper” is one of the largest and most common species of jumping spider in North America. The spider is mostly black with a conspicuous white, orange, or red triangular patch in the center of its abdomen. Take a close look at this spider’s chelicerae (jaws), as they have a gorgeous, iridescent sheen to them and come in a variety of colors!

Male Adult Male
Male Pholcus phalangioides spider
Female Adult Female
Female Pholcus phalangioides spider

Pholcus phalangioides
(Longbodied Cellar Spider)

Summary

The Longbodied Cellar Spider is thought to be native to Europe, but can be found globally after having traveled nearly everywhere as a stowaway in commerce. Their long, thin legs and elongated abdomen make them relatively easy to identify. Find them on ceilings, in basements, storage sheds, old wells, caves, and other dry locations with low light.

Male Adult Male
Male Salticus scenicus spider
Female Adult Female
Female Salticus scenicus spider

Salticus scenicus
(Zebra Jumper)

Summary

The zebra-like color pattern makes this species one of the easier jumping spiders to identify in the field. It is most common around urban and suburban areas where it hunts by day on fences, rock walls, the exterior of buildings, and similar situations. Thought to be native to Europe, it is also now established in the U.S., southern Canada, and Asia.

Male Adult Male
Male Scotophaeus blackwalli spider
Female Adult Female
Female Scotophaeus blackwalli spider

Scotophaeus blackwalli
(Mouse Spider)

Summary

This is a synanthropic European species that was accidentally introduced to some parts of North America. It runs in fast starts-and-stops and has a soft and fuzzy appearance, earning it the nickname “Mouse Spider.” They are mostly found in and around buildings where they stalk insects at night.

Male Adult Male
Male Steatoda grossa spider
Female Adult Female
Female Steatoda grossa spider

Steatoda grossa
(False Black Widow)

Summary

The “False Black Widow” belongs to the same family as true black widows, and is easily mistaken for its dangerous cousins. However, note that this spider does not have the red hourglass on the underside of the abdomen. It is common in buildings, but may live outdoors in sheltered spots such as wood piles, under bridges, or in rock walls.

Male Adult Male
Male Tegenaria domestica spider
Female Adult Female
Female Tegenaria domestica spider

Tegenaria domestica
(Barn Funnel Weaver)

Summary

Today, this species occurs nearly everywhere people live, having spread with international commerce. The sheet-like webs of this spider are conspicuous in dark corners of barns, cellars, sheds, garages, cabins, and other man-made structures. Adult males frequently get caught in bathtubs or sinks at night.

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