Orange Spiders

Of the 39 species found in our database, the following include the color orange. It's important to note that spiders exhibit quite a bit of individual variation in color and pattern sometimes. Also, in order to grow, spiders must shed their exoskeleton in a process called "ecdysis" or "molting." After that process, a spider may permanently change in color, or may be temporarily discolored while the new exoskeleton is still fresh. Please keep those possibilities in mind when using the color filter.

Spider Species with the Color Orange

Male Adult Male
Male Araneus diadematus spider
Female Adult Female
Female Araneus diadematus spider

Araneus diadematus
(Cross Orbweaver)

Summary

This spider is named for the pattern of white spots on the abdomen that form a cross in most specimens. Native to Europe, it was introduced to North America long ago. It spins the classic wheel-like orb web, usually sitting head-down in the hub (center), at night as well as during the day.

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 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 Eratigena agrestis spider
Female Adult Female
Female Eratigena agrestis spider

Eratigena agrestis
(Hobo Spider)

Summary

The “Hobo Spider” builds a funnel-shaped web on or near the ground, usually under stones and other low-lying debris. It is especially common near man-made structures here in North America, but is more of a field spider in its native Europe. Recent research has shown that it may not be a spider of medical concern as was once thought.

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 Leucauge venusta spider
Female Adult Female
Female Leucauge venusta spider

Leucauge venusta
(Orchard Orbweaver)

Summary

“Orchard Orbweavers” are brilliantly colored spiders with shimmering silver-white, green, and gold on their abdomens. The orb-shaped web is nearly horizontal and the spider hangs underneath it. It is a common and widespread species in eastern North America, as well as parts of California and Arizona.

Male Adult Male
Male Loxosceles devia spider
Female Adult Female
Female Loxosceles devia spider

Loxosceles devia
(Texas Recluse)

Summary

The “Texas Recluse Spider” is a relative of the famed Brown Recluse, but is found only in the southern third of Texas and adjacent Mexico. This spider normally lives under stones, in abandoned rodent burrows, and other natural refuges. The eye arrangement is an important diagnostic feature for this genus.

Male Adult Male
Male Loxosceles reclusa spider
Female Adult Female
Female Loxosceles reclusa spider

Loxosceles reclusa
(Brown Recluse)

Summary

The “Brown Recluse” is one of the few species in North America whose venom is considered medically significant. It is very timid and non-aggressive and simple precautions can be taken to avoid bites. The eye arrangement is an important diagnostic feature.

Male Adult Male
Male Metaltella simoni spider
Female Adult Female
Female Metaltella simoni spider

Metaltella simoni
(Hacklemesh Weaver)

Summary

This species is native to Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil but has been introduced to North America via commerce and trade. It is now well-established in the southeastern USA, as well as southern California. Being closely associated with humans, it may occasionally stray indoors.

Male Adult Male
Male Misumenoides formosipes spider
Female Adult Female
Female Misumenoides formosipes spider

Misumenoides formosipes
(Whitebanded Crab Spider)

Summary

This spider waits in ambush on flowers for visiting insects to come within range, seizing a victim in the embrace of its first two pairs of legs. Adult females can change from white to yellow and vice versa, though the change takes some time. Males are very small and strikingly different than females.

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 Olios giganteus spider
Female Adult Female
Female Olios giganteus spider

Olios giganteus
(Giant Crab Spider)

Summary

This relatively large species lives in arid, desert ecosystems. They are nocturnal and like to prowl vertical surfaces like shrubs, trees, and the exterior walls of buildings. They do not spin a web to catch prey, but easily overpower most insects.

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 Platycryptus undatus spider
Female Adult Female
Female Platycryptus undatus spider

Platycryptus undatus
(Tan Jumping Spider)

Summary

These jumping spiders are frequently seen patrolling the outer walls of buildings and other vertical surfaces, looking for bugs to pounce on. The mottled gray, black, and white scalloped pattern on their abdomen makes them one of the easier spiders to identify in the field.

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 Trachelas tranquillus spider
Female Adult Female
Female Trachelas tranquillus spider

Trachelas tranquillus
(Broad-faced Sac Spider)

Summary

This species is a wandering hunter that may be encountered indoors on occasion and is often referred to as the “Broadfaced Sac Spider.” Normally lives in leaf litter, under bark, or in curled leaves, where it hides by day and emerges at night to prowl for insects. Often confused with the “Woodlouse Hunter,” but lacks the long jaws of that species.

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