Picture ID 113214

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

At first, I thought this was a spiny orb weaver, though I noticed it didn’t really have a head that’s separated from its abdomen. It also obviously has more than 6 spikes, and the third set of legs seem to be smaller than the other legs. Very unusual. Anyone know what this is?

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  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2020
  • Photographed: Jun 24, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: No
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I actually don’t think this is a spider, it looks like a insect of some sort, but as to what kind, I’m stumped, do you have any more pictures?


It looks to have 8 legs so it cant be an insect


arachnids have 8 legs


to me, I could be wrong but the second pair to the left look too straight and thin for them to be legs they look more like antenna but the weird part is how they’re positioned, and that the arthropod doesn’t seem to have a head.


yea i think its a bug too
i see some antennas on the head


I used Google Lens on a screenshot of it. It’s top response was “crabs.” It didn’t recognize it as an insect or arachnid. It could be wrong, but it also could be correct. We’ve had land crabs submitted as spiders several times. In college we ran water through a New Hampshire (Appalachian Mountains area) soil sample to identify all of the invertebrates in the soil. There was one that really confused me, it matched the criteria for a crustacean. My professor had a good laugh. She loved it when students found their first tiny soil crustacean in the mountains. I… Read more »


Weird! I couldn’t get the photo to move from this site to my Google Photos account. Most photos can be lifted easily from here. That’s why professional photographers are allowed to use proprietary marks on the photos they submit to us. So I did the cropped screenshot method. My next guess would be the nymph form of an insect. Submitting it to Bugguide.net might work. They have specialist volunteers in different taxons of Arthropoda. If they find an answer please let us know!