What Types of Spiders are in SoCal

Spider On A Web

Southern California, often referred to as SoCal, is home to a diverse range of spiders. While many of these arachnids are harmless and even beneficial to the environment, it’s essential to be aware of the different species that inhabit the region. 

Here’s a look at some of the most common spiders you might encounter in SoCal:

Tarantula (Aphonopelma Spp.)

Native to California, these large, hairy spiders are often found in pool filters. While females live in burrows, males are frequently seen wandering in search of mates during the fall.

Calistoga Spider

Often mistaken for tarantulas, Calisoga spiders are smaller and can’t climb smooth surfaces. They are commonly encountered in areas like the Oakland hills.

Sow-Bug Killer (Dysdera Crocata)

An invasive species from the Mediterranean, this spider is typically found under wood or bark.

Cellar Spiders (Pholcus Phalangioides & Holocnemus Pluchei)

These spiders are European invasives and are sometimes confused with “daddy long-legs.”

Black Widow (Latrodectus Herperus)

Recognizable by its red hourglass shape, the black widow’s venom is medically significant, making it one of the few spiders in California to be wary of.

False Widow (Steatoda Grossa & Steatoda Nobilis)

These European invasive spiders are similar in appearance to the black widow but are brown with a faint purple sheen.

Cross Orbweaver (Araneus Diadematus)

Another European invasive, this spider creates large vertical orb webs and can become quite large in size.

Silver Garden Spider & Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope Spp.)

Commonly found in gardens, these spiders create orb webs with shiny, radiating “stabilimenta.”

Wolf Spiders (Pardosa spp.)

These spiders don’t build webs to capture prey but are often seen carrying their egg sacs or spiderlings on their backs.

Zoropsids (Titiotus Californicus)

Often confused with the brown recluse, which doesn’t exist in California, these spiders have eight eyes instead of six.

While this list is not exhaustive, it provides a glimpse into the diverse world of spiders in Southern California. Remember, most spiders are harmless and play a crucial role in controlling pest populations. 

However, it’s always a good idea to exercise caution and avoid handling spiders unless you’re sure of their identity.

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