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Old August 21, 2019   #1
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Default Mystery Critter, can you identify?

This was under a leaf of one of my jalapeno pepper plants -- I thought it was an odd spider, now I'm not sure. Moves like one, but ?? The pic looks like it might have 6 legs, not 8. Crab shaped, shiny black with a single yellow dot.

Any ideas? It's tiny. Location is southwest Ohio.




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Old August 21, 2019   #2
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no idea, but check with your local county extension office. they should have an entomologist on staff to ask or find out from someone else.
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Old August 21, 2019   #3
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I sent an email to my agent, will be interested to see if they know. I couldn't find anything like it online!

Plus it looks like it might be making babies. . . just didn't know if it's a good bug or bad bug!
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Try googling citrus spider or crab spider images. Some similar ones there. I had crab spiders when I lived in a house on peat but not since. Harmless insect eaters as far as I know.
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Thanks, I checked it out and it doesn't look that close. It's odd, can't find anything quite like it.
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It's a wee spider.
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Old August 22, 2019   #7
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Thanks, I finally found my wee spider! It's in the Theridula family, not sure which one though.

https://bugguide.net/node/view/541299
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Super cute. I found a pale green one on my garlic the other day, with a ball of green eggs that looked just like a garden pea! Spidermom was carefully tending that.
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aww. Our little wilderness areas. At least the spiders just eat bugs!
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Wow! I've never seen anything quite like that! Looks alien.
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Glad you found it!

There's a great insect ID site where you can search insects by state.

https://www.insectidentification.org/
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Glad you found it!

There's a great insect ID site where you can search insects by state.

https://www.insectidentification.org/
Thanks - that's a nice site. Bookmarked for future use.
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I just hauled a big ole green lynx spider out of the house, it was on my coffee maker.
After second thought maybe I should have left it alone they are hunting spiders.

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wow that's beautiful! And thanks for the site Zeedman!

unrelated side note: I've run across so many people that confuse house centipedes with silverfish; house centipedes are very beneficial, almost every home has them, and all they want to do is eat your pests! They hunt like little lions.

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Glad you found your spider.
When I was a kid I would lie on the floor and watch TV. One evening a giant centipede ran across the floor in front of me and I stayed up on the couch after that! Good to know they too are harmless to humans.
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