Mermithid nematodes
symphylans new


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
Spiney orb weaver, Gasteracantha elipsoides
spiney orb weaver

Salticidae - Jumping spiders

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


Great websites:

Garden Safari: Garden spiders

Nick's Spiders of Britain and Europe

Nick's Spiders of North America

Spiders of Northwest Europe

Spider Facts (recommended website from the kid reviewers at the New Orleans Rose Society).

Upon the recommendation of Elliot, a diligent member of his school's Bug Club, I have added the following website which has activities, facts, and photos related to spiders, Spiders in your Playground.

Original publication: 10/22/07
Most recent update. 6/19/2018

Author: R.L. Rosetta, Extension Nursery Integrated Pest Management, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University


Website editor:
Robin Rosetta

Page last modified 6/19/18


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