Unidentified

Picture ID 118341

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

And I STILL don't know what the heck this eater of spiders is called! He is so alien like....and not a spider...

  • Submitted by: 
    Wendave70
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2020
  • Photographed: Jul 28, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Sandston, Virginia, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Helper-Harvestman

I’d say some obscure type of mantis. Beyond that, I wouldn’t know. You could try BugGuide.net on it.

TangledWeb

I used “computer vision” on the photos and “mantis” was the closest answer I could get. It’s a cool creepy little thing.

Helper-Harvestman

Ah, you are right! BugGuide.net has a page for Genus Stenolemus, a cryptic type of assassin bug. It says they specialize on spiders:

“prey: spiders, including web-building spiders
hunt by either stalking or plucking the web of a spider in imitation of trapped prey”

https://bugguide.net/node/view/39203

Helper-Harvestman

Great! I’m always fascinated by the mysteries you post, even though I don’t usually have the answers. 🙂

Helper-Harvestman

Aww, thanks. You’re sweet. 🙂