Most of us have a fear and a fascination with spiders. For those growing plants in the Pacific Northwest, spiders are important players in pest management. Learning to live with them and encourage them can be extremely useful.

Spiders by family

Araneidae - garden spiders

European garden spider or cross spider, Araneus diadematus

Araneus diadematus European garden spider
Photos: Rosetta
Spiney orb weaver, Gasteracantha elipsoides
spiney orb weaver
Photo: Rosetta

Salticidae - Jumping spiders

jumping spider jumping spider
jumping spider
Photos: Rosetta
Spiders of Northwest Europe: Jumping spiders
Thomisidae - crab spiders
crab spider crab spider on sunflower
crab with bee
Photos: Rosetta
Woodlouse spider, Dysdera crocota
woodlouse spider
Photos: Rosetta


Great websites:

Garden Safari: Garden spiders

Nick's Spiders of Britain and Europe

Nick's Spiders of North America

Spiders of Northwest Europe

Website editor:
Robin Rosetta

Page last modified 10/26/07


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