Can anyone identify the following spider? We have looked in several spider
books, but can't find anything exact. It looks like a cross between a violin
spider and a spitting spider, but even that doesn't cover everything we are
seeing. Sorry, but I can't take and send a photo ;-)
1. Very long legs in proportion to its body size. I'd say stretched out the
legspan is just over one-half inch, while the body is no more than one-eighth
inch. The legs appear to be in 3 sections (that is, they have 2 joints). The
legs are light brown, each joint appears orange-ish and on both sides of each
joint is a small black stripe.
2. The cephalothorax is much smaller than the abdomen, maybe one-third the size
of the abdomen.
3. The cephalothorax has 2 black marks on the back, like 2 misshapen capital
B's, back to back (that is, one of the Bs backwards and back to back with the
other B's upright).
4. The abdomen is tear-shaped, pointed down at the butt. There are no obvious
web-spinners at the ***(but may be too small to see). The back of the
abdomen has a design on it, like a leaf with a center "vein" and side "veins".
The center vein is very wide at the base, where the abdomen connects to the
cephalothorax, and tapers down towards the butt. The side veins are quite
narrow. The veins are light brown, a little darker than the legs but same
color as the cephalothorax. Outside the veins, it is speckled or mottled with
slightly darker brown than the veins.
5. I cannot see the eyes well, but the "fangs" are quite small and close to the
Can anyone identify this? Or even give suggestions? If so, can you direct me
to a website with a picture to confirm I have described it well enough? If
not, can someone suggest where one can go to get a spider identified?
BTW, we live in Northern ***ia just outside of DC, and just moved into an
existing home in the woods. There are dozens of these spiders all over the
ba***t, in corners both high and low.
Thanks for any help you can give!