I'm trying to ID a spider I found in my curtains. Dumbass me, I tossed him outside before I thought to get a picture.
Markings are somewhat like this, but the abdomen is too skinny and unmarked to be my spider. The abdomen markings I saw were like a hobo spider, but I know it can't be one of those because I got bit five times down my leg from sleeping with one just like it, and there was only minor swelling and pain. Bunch of searching for common house spiders in Washington and California got me nothing else similar.
Also spider general I guess.
>I know it can't be one of those because I got bit five times down my leg from sleeping with one just like it, and there was only minor swelling and pain.
thanks, that made my night.
>the front looked like a hobo spider
>the back looked like a hobo spider too
>but it can't be a hobo spider because I found a spider that looked like it in my bed once and my leg didn't fall off or anything.
brilliant deduction, Sherlock.
Yeh, har har. I forgot to mention that the abdomen wasn't as thick as a hobo spider's, just that the markings were similar but simplified.
The two I found were the same kind, I can confirm. I also kept a female of the same type for a while and the egg sac was not like a hobo spider's.
none of those things is diagnostic though.
You can't ID a spider by markings or abdomen thickness, and you sure as hell can't ID it based on your reaction to bites that may or may not even be bites caused by a spider that looked similar to your completely uneducated eye.
that said, google wolf spiders and grass spiders and see if any look like your mystery insect.
Looks like it may be a grass spider after all. (But I'll still say I'm sure that that spider did bite me, considering I found him under my leg which had a bunch of red welts that weren't there the night before.)
But now that I know I am a dumbass (no sarcasm) how is a spider identified if not by markings/abdomen/etc? Eye pattern?
usually by microscopic bits.
the best you and I are going to do without a microscope and a lot of information is going to be a combination of things like markings, eye pattern, shape of the pedipalps, coloration of the legs, type of fur, web type, etc.