9 Types Of White Spiders (with Pictures) – Identification Guide

Last updated on April 1st, 2024 at 02:23 pm

White spiders stand out among their predominantly black or brown counterparts, making them an unusual sight. Compared to other spider species, there are fewer types of spiders with white bodies, which adds to their uniqueness.

On the bright side, their colour can throw people off: for instance, the bugs could be mistaken for other bugs or insects. On the other hand, whether it is a tiny white spider or a bigger creamer one, seeing a white arachnid crawling on the floor is enough to terrify a person.

Do those meanies have any evil intentions inside? A closer look at a white spider will make an individual wonder about its nature. As any spider species, white spiders carry a little amount of venom. The most widespread type of white spiders is the Goldenrod crab spider. The species has venom, and the bug’s bite is stinging. However, do not be afraid: the venom is not fatal for a human. The bite location will get red, and the person will feel pain, which he/she compares to the sting of a bee.

How to Identify White Spider

A White Spider is sitting on a sunflower flower
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The characteristics of white spiders are the presence of eight legs, creamy-white abdomen and cephalothorax which is combined , six ore eight eyes and characteristic mouthparts. Typically, they have egg-shaped white or milk bodies, but it is possible to find marked pairs, black spots and legs with spines. Spiders are not insects, so they have 8 legs and two different body parts.

Additionally, they do not have antennae and wings, and their eyes are simple. The most common white spiders create tangle webs, beautifully circular orb webs, complex, protective funnel webs.

Are white spiders always dangerous to humans and pets?

White spiders jaw called chelicerae have fangs or pincers to bite when is provoked by human beings, Bees sting and white spider bites appear similar, but white spider bites changes vary and achy then to depress burning feeling. On the contrary, the white spider bite is not fatal to the pet or human life, but it is very painful and devastating. Yellow sac spider is a white spider found under leaves and stones in the garden; therefore it bites the human being doing garden during the summertime. The bite of a yellow sac spider can get infected more than that of a brwon recluse spider.

9 Types Of White Spiders

1. Zebra Jumping Spider (Salticus scenic)

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The spider has the appearance of a zebra due to the combination of white background with black pigment; in fact, it is the Salticus scenic of the family Salticidae. The zebra jumping spider is covered in tiny white hairs and sports white dots and stripes, which also cover its face. Both males and females are similar in size and range from 0.19 to 0.35 inches in length. Jumping spiders are known for their agility and quick leaping. They may leap more than 2 feet in length.

Additionally, the spider has six smaller, fixed eyes that detect movement to the sides and behind. It will turn around if you waggle a finger behind it.

2. Caribbean Crab Spider (Misumessus)

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Caribbean crab spider or Misumessus feature an apparitional white appearance with a flattened tear-shaped form, a translucent greenish-white head and legs, and tiny chelicerae. While females usually are more substantial than males, females range from 0.16” to 0.23” or 4-6 mm in length . They are found throughout the United States but are common in Florida, where they inhabit gardens, parks, and woodlands. Their appearance is characterized by four long front legs and four short back legs.

Did you know that crab spiders don’t weave webs but are ambush predators?

White Spiders
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Goldenrod Crab Spider also called Misumena vatia , is an outstanding type of crawls living creatures learned for the capacity to change shadings to the shade of its environmental factors. It has a crab-like appearance and an excellently ability to chase its casualty. Female goldenrod crab spiders have large, round, flat-form abdomens and two long, crab-like hooked forelegs. In comparison, males are very tiny, with grown-ups never developing larger than 0.19″ and females achieving a limit of 0.39″ .

In Conclusion, the female goldenrod crab spiders all through North America and Europe tend to live on blossoming plants, dependent bloomed to provide them camouflage.unuThey are white with red marks or bands and turn yellow when coordinated with yellow flower species host flower species.

4. Yellow Sac Spiders (Cheiracanthium)

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Yellow Sac Spiders or Cheiracanthium spiders are easily identified by their yellowish-white or tan bodies and long legs. The spider has thin, spindly legs that don’t point out or in any particular direction, making it easily distinguishable. It also has a green mark and white speckling along the length of its oval body’s back. Yellow sac spiders average in size from 0.2” to 0.4” and are small figurs in nature. These house spiders frequently deliver a painful bite. Yellow and white colour pattern make them a striped non-venomous brown recluse spider.

Not only are yellow sac spiders fast runners, but they also catch their prey instead.# While they build webs, they do not catch their prey by them; these spiders are remarkably quick at producing their sacs.

5. Shortbodied Cellar Spider (Spermophora senoculata)

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The Shortbodied Cellar Spider – Spermophora senoculata — is a small, whitish-tan spider with a blunt posterior, skinny white legs, and a diminutive cephalothorax. The little white spider is distinguished with round white body marked by dim brownish or dark tint. The minuscule spider is a mere 0.08 inches or 2 mm long – truly tiny! Originally from Asia, the short-bodied cellar spider now occurs all across the Mediterranean and the southern U.S. states. Between rocks, in damp dark rooms, and in caves, these whitish spiders live in their name: the spider prefers to live in cellars.

Fun fact: their maternal egg-sac longbodied spiders will create around 3 egg cases throughout their lifespan and stuff them with 13 to 60 eggs each.

6. Ghost Spiders (Anyphaenidae)

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Ghost Spiders, Anyphaenidae family, are small to medium-sized spiders known for their pale colouration and elongated legs. They size from 0.1 to 0.4 inches or 2.5 to 10 mm and cylindrically shaped without a narrow waist, somewhat flattened. Such spiders are discovered in a diversity of habitats, including diverse types of vegetation, litter, and sometimes indoors. For hunting and shelter, they make small, irregular, tangled webs.

Anyphaenidae spiders can be distinguished by the following fact: this family is distributed worldwide, including Anyphaena calcarata in North America. The name “calcarata” refers to the male’s behaviour of drumming its abdomen on a leaf to attract females, creating a buzzing sound. It is also interesting that later, the female produces an egg sac attached to a leaf and guards it; hence the name “calcarata”_.

7. Yellow Ghost Spider (Hibana velox)

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Yellow Ghost Spider Hibana velox is a small to medium spider with a pale yellow color and long, slender legs. Body size ranges from 5 to 8mm , with a cylindrical body shape and slightly flattened appearance. They reside in diverse habitats such as grasslands, forests, and gardens. They form small, irregular, and tear-shaped webs to hunt and hide. The yellow ghost spider, Hibana velox, is the most common spider of the genus Hibana. It has a global distribution, including as North America and Asia.

Did you know? : Yellow ghost spider is easily identified by its creamy-white abdomen which is pointed and features pale tan markings. It has black spines on legs, a common trait of most ghost spiders.

8. Garden Ghost Spider (Hibana gracilis)

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The adult female Garden Ghost Spider is not hard to miss with its large, bulbous, creamy-white abdomen with dark brown spots. Combined with its spiny legs, two rows of simple eyes, and the dark stripes present on its tan or beige head, the Garden Ghost is easy to identify. Garden ghost spiders are tiny spiders, measuring around 0.28 inches in length. One can easily find them in the northeastern United States. They have a yellow-to-white body and longitudinal dark stripes, as well as dark spots. These spiders also have brown chelicerae. This combination is what really makes the Garden Ghost Spider stand out when one looks at it and it is a fascinating arachnid to observe in the field.

Additionally, male Garden Ghost Spiders exhibit a courtship dance that involves rhythmic vibrations while courting females to show they are fit to be a potential mate.

9. White Florida Crab Spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis)

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White Florida Crab Spider Gasteracantha cancriformi s has its name because of the bright white in its abdomen and has a crab-like shape. Its waistline has black or red spots that make it even more unique. Gasteracantha cancriformis is 0.2 to 0.3 inches in size. Its spines on the sides of the abdomen enable it to have a crab-like appearance. The White Florida Crab Spider typically habituates en Florida and other southeast, the United States.

White Florida Crab Spider Female deposits ovate- shaped egg sacs measuring 20 to 25 mm in length and 10 to 15 mm in width on the undersides of leaves near web of the female between October and January.

FAQs

1. Are white spiders dangerous to humans or pets?

Most white spiders contain venom, but exposure to most is harmless to both humans and pets. To be safe, it is unwise to handle any spider species you are not familiar with. If the spiders bite, get medical checkups to determine if there will be any form of allergy or severe complications that will arise.

2. Can white spider change their color?

Some white spider species can change color; for instance, the Goldenrod Crab Spider can change the pigment to match the flowers they stay on. This example of camouflage helps the spider to catch their prey and protect them from their predators.

3. What is White Porch Spider?

White Porch Spider, scientifically known as Hololena nedra, is found in North America. It belongs to Agelenidae’s family and has a more slender shape compared to others.

4. Are White Porch Spiders venomous?

White Porch Spiders have venom, which they use to kill their prey; however, their fangs are not strong enough to be dangerous to humans. The white porch spiders barely bite humans unless they feel threatened.

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