Science Photo of the Day #841

Science photo 841

Nancy found this spider today, and I thought at first glance that it might be a Hobo spider. What is special about Hobo spiders?

See the answer.

hssociety wrote on Sat, 03/09/2013 - 10:47:

What is special is the following myths are circulating about them: they are aggressive, they are house spiders, and their bite will cause necrotic (cell injury=dead skin) lesions. What is special about the Hobo Spider is that it has taught us the importance of thinking scientifically -- the importance of being a skeptic. :)

Anonymous wrote on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 16:05:

I do not think its bite can kill. We sometimes see them in our garage in the summer. They do like to live in clutter because they can hide. Other than that I do not know any thing on Hobos except they are creepy.

DE Unit 2 wrote on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:17:

It looks like a wolf or water spider to me.

Anonymous wrote on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 16:59:

it is Poisonous and migrated from europe all the to seattle

jnbythesea wrote on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 20:25:

Maybe it hitches a ride on things?

bphodnefield wrote on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 13:11:

What is special about the Hobo spiders is that when they bite It is painful and can cause death. I'm glad they don't live around were I live.

DE Unit 2 wrote on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:19:

I don't think we have them here either. ill ave to look it up on the internet.