Unidentified

Picture ID 135308

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

I don't know what species this is, but there's three more that look similar to it in the same windowsill. The other three are significantly smaller.

  • Submitted by: 
    Ns10
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2021
  • Photographed: Mar 25, 2021
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Wilton, Connecticut, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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TangledWeb

I’ve been trying to identify the same spider. I live on the NH/MA state line. I submitted my own photos to another site and haven’t received an answer yet. I suspect that it is in genus Mastophora. Mastophora phrynosoma has been found in Massachusetts. https://bugguide.net/node/view/424001 They are commonly called Bolas Spiders. There are videos on Youtube about them. They hunt by whirling a glob of liquid silk and adhesive goo around like a bolas. They just splat the prey with it. It’s one of the weirder hunting techniques of spiders. The smaller ones are probably males trying to court the… Read more »

TangledWeb

She may be Micrathena gracilis.