NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS - New Spider ID launching Summer 2024 - Learn more here.

About Spider ID

Our Mission

Spider ID provides an interactive framework for community-driven spider identification, a growing informational and pictorial library providing accurate spider resources to the public, and data collection and data visualization dedicated to spiders. Our goal is to dispel myths, superstitions, and urban legends that cause many people to be fearful of spiders. We empathize and promise to put the squeamish and scared at ease as best we can. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about Spider ID or our other websites, please contact us.

Dedication to Mandy Howe

In August 2016, Mandy Howe, a co-founder of the original website, passed away. You may remember her as “Lady Arachnophile” or as “Mandy” in the or BugGuide communities. Her expertise and passion for spiders as an academic, and as a public educator who was always willing to help, was truly unique. She is an irreplaceable member of our team, and her impact, friendship, and commitment will never be forgotten by myself or other core members of this community. You can read more about Mandy or contribute to a scholarship fund managed by her family:

Features and Release History

Version 2 – is now Spider ID (December 19, 2017)

  • First release of Spider ID, providing foundational community features.
  • Public user registration and member profiles.
  • Badge system to virtually reward and acknowledge the meaningful contributions made by members of Spider ID.
  • Picture submission for registered users.
  • Community-driven discussion to comment and help identify picture submissions.
  • Upvote and downvote comments to bring attention to comment contributions that inform or help identify the given picture.
  • Private messaging system.
  • Dynamic filtering of all spider species covered.
  • Dynamic filtering of all pictures archived.
  • Location filtering of data collected; spider species and pictures.

Version 1 (December, 2011 as

  • Spider ID originally existed as, our legacy brand and website which now redirects to Spider ID.
  • provided detailed overviews of ~40 unique species of spiders.
  • vBulletin was installed and used as the platform to manage spider picture submissions from the public and community engagement.
  • Other than the vBulletin forum, website was largely static, and relied on the project team and volunteers to provide written and visual content.
  • The written species guides on were academic and casual in nature. However, the new Spider ID no longer attempts to write exhaustive content on spiders, and instead emphasizes visuals and data collection.

Special Thanks

  • Insect Identification for being a close friend and partner in our goal of providing friendly education on insect and spider topics.
  • Bug Guide for being one of the first platforms (maybe the first?) to provide a service similar to what Spider ID does, but for all insects and arachnids in North America.
  • Home Workouts – This is a fun hobby project the team behind Spider ID are also working on.
  • Richards Patent Law in Chicago for providing intellectual property and digital law services.