Big Spiders in Michigan?

Michigan seems to have become a breeding ground for spider bites and large spider discoveries. Are large, dangerous, scary spiders becoming more common in Michigan?

Russell said it’s very unlikely, however, for brown recluses to find their way to Michigan and people are instead confusing them with other species of spider. Some will live in a burrow and pounce on their prey when it crawls past the opening.

When they’re found in homes, wolf spiders tend to live in basements, crawlspaces and breezeways. But, these spiders also can live in forests or wooded areas and frequently invade houses. Jumping spiders also do not tend to spin webs, instead making silken shelters under leaves or bark, according to MSU’s website.

Do Huntsman spiders live in Michigan?

Huntsman spiders are not native to Michigan or the United States.

What big spiders live in Michigan?

Grass spiders, wolf spiders and fishing spiders are large, mostly brown spiders with long legs that are often wrongfully confused with brown recluses. Just scroll down to see the full list of spiders in Michigan incuding several images to help you identify the spider you found.

How big are wolf spiders in Michigan?

Size: Wolf spiders are hairy arachnids that can grow up to 35 mm in body length. Color: Their bodies are commonly patterned in black, gray and brown hues.

Mad Max at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

: They will only bite a human if attacked but the result will be similar to a bee sting. The resulting bite is similar to a mild bee sting.

Fun fact : These spiders can sometimes “balloon,” meaning they ride the wind to higher locations. : These spiders love flowers and are often found hiding in goldenrods … hence the name. Fun fact : These critters change colors from white to yellow and back again, in order to camouflage on different flowers.

Fun fact : They are very easily startled by any creatures except their prey. By User:Bartiebert (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Fun fact : In addition to bugs and spiders, these creatures will munch on earthworms.

By Ryan Hodnett (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Fun fact : These spiders are preyed upon by certain wasps and other animals. By Dakota L. (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

: In a variety of place near ground level, including under rocks, under logs and near fallen leaves By Photo by and (c)2006 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) (Self-photographed) [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons : This spider is found on the edges of all different varieties of bodies of water.

Fun fact : These critters can stay underwater for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. : This spider is predominantly found in gardens, forests and fields. Fun fact : The common name for this spider comes from its diet that consists almost exclusively of woodlice, also known as pill bugs.

By Fyn Kynd from Searsmont, Maine, United States (Eastern Parson Spider (Herpyllus ecclesiasticus)) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons : Usually hiding underneath objects in wooded areas but might be spotted in the open or even indoors during nighttime hunting : They are considered harmless, though their bites might cause an allergic reaction in some humans.

Fun fact : These spiders are very fast and not often captured either literally or photographically. By Patrick Edwin Moran (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons However, if caught by a human this spider might bite, causing a similar reaction as a bee sting.

Fun fact : It’s the official state spider of South Carolina. By Sam Droege from Beltsville, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons : In different habitats, including on trees in wooded areas and in moist environments

: This spider is too small to have fangs large enough to deliver venom to a human. By Thomas Shahan [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Fun fact : This spider has three claws on the end of each leg.

Fun fact : They sometimes curl into a ball if they feel threatened. Fun fact : They can tell when a human is watching and immediately change their behavior, basically showing off. : While this spider is not aggressive, meaning a bite is rare, the venom is dangerous to humans.

Healthy adults will likely avoid any potential for life-threatening reactions to the venom but will likely experience extreme muscle cramping and other effects. Anyone who has experienced a bite should seek medical attention immediately. Fun fact : These spiders are preyed upon by certain wasps and other animals.

By Marshal Hedin [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons : In wooded areas and in tree stumps, mostly in the western Lower Peninsula, according to Michigan State University A very small percentage (less than 1 percent) of bite victims die.

Others experience pain, nausea, cramps and profuse sweating. Fun fact : They can be told apart from southern black widow spiders because the hourglass on the northern variety is detached in the middle. Stu’s Images [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Some blistering at the site of the bite is possible, according to the Penn State Department of Entomology , as well as pain and nausea. Fun fact : In the 2002 film adaptation of “Spider-Man,” this is the species of spider that bites Peter Parker. : Mostly found indoors, many times nocturnally crawling on walls and ceilings

Fun fact : This spider is many times confused for the brown recluse. Let’s be clear you are unlikely to come across a brown recluse (species name Loxosceles reclusa) in Michigan. These critters cannot live in temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which means Michigan is not the place for them.

For instance, a Davison family recently found some of these bad boys in their garage .

Up until I started doing some digging for this article, I didnt know much about spiders. The little knowledge I did have was mostly based on instinct (I either ran away or found something to squish it with.)

We had an agreement that as long as the spider kept to its designated area I would leave it be. Indoors they can be found in undisturbed areas like inside boxes, among papers and seldom-used apparel and shoes.

Their bite results in a stinging sensation followed by intense pain as long as six to eight hours later. The bites rarely kill people but you should seek medical attention. The marking may be split in the middle and they may have a series of red spots along the dorsal midline of the abdomen.

Old stumps, hollow logs, fallen fence posts, abandoned animal burros or piles of crush. The severity of the bite depends on age, size and sensitivity of the victim. Some burrow into the ground and ambush their prey as it crawls past.

Because of their size, wolf spiders are often mistaken for an escaped pet tarantula. C. inclusum bites are usually very painful with a burning sensation lasting for up to an hour. Walking on foliage, under leaf litter, stones, boards and on buildings.

Depending on the species of yellow sac spider the reaction to the bite can be more or less severe. Many species share a body shape and size that makes them similar to widow spiders, the main difference being the color.

Spiders found in Michigan include 45 unique species from confirmed sightings by contributing members of Spider ID. It is important to remember that spiders seen in Michigan 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.

Northern black widow spider

Michigan is not in the native range of the brown recluse, but they have been found in at least 10 Michigan counties as of 2018. They are believed to have traveled to Michigan in people’s suitcases or boxes.

Jumping spider

Wolf spiders feed on large insects and other spiders. They’re not known for being particularly aggressive, but they will be in self-defense. They tend to hunt their prey while on the move instead of making a web. Some burrow into the ground and ambush their prey as it crawls past. Because of their size, wolf spiders are often mistaken for an escaped pet tarantula.