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I am looking for someone who is experienced with placing items like insects inside of clear resin paperweights. I would someday like to encase a Brown Recluse and a Black Widow. At this time I do not have the spiders, nor do I have the money, but I would like to find someone who has the ability to do a professional job and learn what the price would be for when I am ready. If you have this experience and would be willing to do it, please email me and let me know your price.

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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.

Michigan Spiders (Ebook version) is available at Smashwords for only $3.99 and at least at this time, is more complete than this site. It has more spiders and shows pictures for more species of spiders.

Once it becomes available at other stores (including the printed version at Amazon) I will update this posting.

The BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER! - Likely, this spider is the most misunderstood spider in the world. The facts most people know are often wrong. Rick Vetter is probably the top expert in the world when it comes to the Brown Recluse spider and he has a new book all about them. Don't listen to others misleading knowledge, but learn the truth for yourself with his new book. (To be released very soon)

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Contrary to what most people believe, the Brown Recluse is NOT indigenous to Michigan. However, if you have reason to believe you have found one, DO NOT discard it alive or dead! I can only uncover about 4 confirmed sightings ever in Michigan. A sighting cannot be confirmed without positive identification and this will take more than just a picture. Whether you catch it alive or kill it, please take pictures and send them to me. If I agree it is the Recluse, I will help you have it identified professionally. You can find the email where to send it, below.

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Beyond Spider Dome
A clear plastic dome (well it is more of a cylinder really), where two spiders are released to face each other in a fight to the death.

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

Play with a computer spider (Flash)

For a little better understanding of the body parts of the Spider, please refer to our Spider Diagram.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Submitted Pics - Banded Argiope

The following, are pictures of Banded Argiopes that have been submitted to me by others living in Michigan. In doing this, I am able to show pictures of spiders in Michigan that I myself have not seen, as well as more pics of those I have posted officially as being in Michigan.

Please understand that the Banded Argiope Spiders in this section may or may not be indigenous to Michigan. I would hope that others would be honest and actually send pics of the Banded Argiopes they have actually found in Michigan, but I cannot make any guarantees.

I would also like to thank all of those listed below for their kindness in sending me these pics. If by any chance, you have sent me one of the following pics and you do not wish me to use it, or if any information is wrong, please email me and let me know.

Banded Argiopes

Michigan Spiders - Banded Argiope-4aKristy - Newaygo, Mi.

Michigan Spiders - Banded Argiope-4Kristy - Newaygo, Mi.

Michigan Spiders - Banded Argiope-1Brian - Willis, Mi.

Michigan Spiders - Banded Argiope-2Roy - Athens, Mi.

Michigan Spiders - Banded Argiope-3Ross - Rochester, Mi.

Michigan Spiders - Banded Argiope-5Matt - Macomb, Mi.


  1. Wow i was in the woods the other day and ran in to one of these really scared me cause i hate spiders and i think it bit me cause after i ran into its web and killed it i had a itchy bump on my arm

  2. We have these in the cattails by our pond in Romeo Michigan. They are here and lots of them.

  3. I just photographed one of these in it's web this morning in Hart, MI. I've never found one until today, but they are here.

  4. I live in Dearborn, MI. I found one of these in my backyard today while doing yard work.

  5. My sister lives in Romeo,MI. We found one in her garden today. I came to this site to find out what is was. Weve never seen one. There are really pretty and REALLY big. Does anyone know if they are poisinous?

  6. In a defensive situation, the Argiope may bite but the venom is not harmful to humans. In fact, it may even be helpful. Argiope venom is being used in medical research for its abundance of Polyamine Toxins, which may be useful in treating certain neurodegenerative conditions.

    I have a degree in biology, but I don't work in that field and I'm not an expert on spiders. But I know a little bit. Hope it helps.

  7. I took a beautiful photo of this spider in it's web with it's prey in my backyard in rural area near Swartz Creek, Michigan in late September 2013 and didn't know what kind of spider it was until I came upon your site. Thank you. It is beautiful and quite large.