Content tagged with "Insects, Spiders and Kin"

White-Backed Garden Spider

white backed garden spider
Argiope trifasciata
This species is similar to its close relative, the black-and-yellow garden spider. However, the white-backed garden spider is slightly smaller overall, with a pointier hind end. Also, the abdomen is patterned with many thin silver and yellow transverse lines and thicker black, spotty lines. More

White-Spotted Jumping Spider (Bold Jumping Spider)

image of a bold jumping spider
Phidippus audax
This jumping spider, like many other jumping spiders, is fuzzy, walks with jerky movements, jumps astonishingly long distances, and doesn't build webs. To identify this species, note the fuzzy, usually black body with white, orange, or reddish spots on the abdomen. More

Wolf Spiders

Photo of wolf spider with young
Numerous species and genera in our state.
These athletic spiders don't spin webs to catch their prey — they run it down like wolves! (Lone wolves, that is.) Wolf spiders have long legs and are usually gray, brown, black or tan with dark brown or black body markings (especially stripes). This family of spiders includes many of the most common spiders in Missouri as well as worldwide. More

Xysticus Crab Spiders

Photo of a Xysticus crab spider, tan individual
Xysticus spp.
There are several species of crab spiders in the genus Xysticus in Missouri. Generally larger than flower crab spiders, they are usually dull gray and brown and have brown, white or yellow markings, especially on the abdomen. They tend to live under bark or on the ground in leaf litter. More

Yellowjackets

Photo of an eastern yellowjacket
Most are in the genus Vespula
Yellowjackets are bee-sized social wasps that build paper nests, usually underground. Their defensive stinging makes them a major pest when they nest near people. If you want to eliminate a yellowjacket nest, consult a licensed exterminator. More