I have a real website now rather than a blog. Though I will keep this one open for a while, I will no longer keep this one up. My new site, "USA Spiders" is not fully completed but getting close. I made sure to get the Michigan page finished first. :o) Please use
USA Spiders in the future and if you find any problems with the site, please let me know so I can fix them.

Spiders verified to be here in Michigan are listed on the left sidebar. On the right sidebar, are the spiders of which pictures have been sent in to me.

The BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER! - Rick Vetter, the worlds top expert on the Brown recluse has published a book on the infamous Brown recluse spider. Learn the truth behind the worlds most misunderstood spider. (BUY IT HERE!)

My Disclaimer
My Knowledge and Why I am Not an Expert

Spider Questions and IDENTIFICATION Requests
My EMAIL can be found in the above link. I am always happy to help identify a spider, but please do us both a favor and read this before emailing me. Thanks.

Describing your Spider ..... Photographing your Spider

Your Fear of Spiders
........... Spiders in your Home?


Beyond Spider Dome - Where two spiders enter and one comes out.

Spiders and Drugs - Documentary video about the effects different drugs have on spiders.

Play with a computerized spider
- (flash)

Spider Diagram. - Basic anatomy of a spider.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Disclaimer for Michigan Spiders

I feel it is necessary to make sure it is understood that I am not an expert and do not claim to be one. I have no degree in entomology or any other field. Any information I offer, it is strictly my opinion. If you wish to have a spider identified for a 100% ID, you would have to look up an entomologist and send your specimen to him/her and have them put it under a microscope.

In 2009 I knew very little about spiders and much of what I thought I knew, I had wrong. I found a spider in our living room and decided to look it up. When I had trouble finding any sites about what spiders were in Michigan, I decided I would start a blog posting the ones I found. I wanted to give others a place where they could find out what spiders they were dealing with. After a couple of years of this, my site suddenly reached the first page in google searches for spiders in Michigan and the next thing I knew, I had people emailing me, asking me to help them identify spiders.

Since that happened, I have learned a lot about spiders. Most of what I learned has come from looking them up, but I have also learned a lot from being in touch with the real experts like Rod Crawford and Rick Vetter. They have been a great and wonderful help.

So when I give you an identification, it is my opinion. If I am not sure I will tell you so, but there is always a chance of me being wrong. I will always do my best and try to update anyone I feel I have given any wrong info to.


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