One of the most famous venomous spiders in the world is the hobo spider, which lives on the Pacific coast of the northwest. Hobo spiders are also a type of funnel-web spider distinguished from Australian funnel-web spiders. Spiders weave a funnel-shaped silk-like web and wait in the web for insects to hit the net before hunting. Hobo spiders also sometimes make nests in and around human settlements.
The wandering spider Tegenaria Agrestis is native to Europe considered harmless. But after it was introduced to North America, people seemed to believe that the hobo spider was one of the most dangerous creatures we could encounter in our homes.
The hobo spider is the most commonly confused spider with the brown recluse, but they have different danger levels. The features distinguish it from other similar spiders can only be seen when magnified. It is time to learn the facts and facts about hobo spiders.
Hobo Spider Basics
Scientists identify hobo spiders by examining their reproductive organs, chelicerae, body hair, and eyes with a microscope. Humans cannot accurately identify hobo spiders by their color, markings, shape, or size, nor can they identify Tegenaria Agrestis with the naked eye. There is a quick review of the hobo spiders' basics.
Hobo Spider Appearance
Hobo spiders are usually brown or rust-colored, with a chevron pattern on the back. However, this is not considered a physical characteristic and cannot identify species. The hobo spider shares the same traits as other spiders. Eight legs, fangs for administering venom to prey, jaws for eating, and eyes grouped on the head. Related species are quite similar in appearance, and it requires technical training to identify them reliably.
- Hobo Spiders have a herringbone pattern on the top side of their abdomens.
- Many species of hobo spiders also have a light-colored stripe running down the middle of their sternum area.
- Most hobo spiders have very hairy-looking, solid light-brown-colored legs.
Hobo Spider Size
There are different types of hobo spiders, but the ones found in the U.S. tend to be between 7-14 millimeters in length with a leg span of about 1-2 inches. They are medium in size, and females are slightly larger than males. The female Hobo Spider reaches sizes of 11 - 15 millimeters. The male Hobo Spider measures 8 - 11 millimeters.
Life Cycle and Reproduction
It is believed that the life cycle of hobo spiders can be as long as three years in inland North America, but only one year in coastal areas. Adult wanderer spiders usually die after breeding, but some adult females will overwinter.
In summer, hobo spiders reach adulthood and sexual maturity. In early fall, mated females can produce up to four egg sacs each, with more than 100 eggs per egg sac. The mother tramp spider attaches each egg sac to the underside of an object or surface. Spiders appear next spring.
Hobo spiders typically spin webs on stakes, landscape beds, and the like. When cobwebs are found near buildings, hobo spiders are usually found in basement window wells or other darker, protected areas near foundations. Hobo spiders do not usually live indoors but occasionally enter people's homes. Females mostly live inside webs, while males and immature spiders wander around looking for females or better nesting sites.
If spiders get into shoes, clothing, or under covers, they are closely related to human activity. People often need to take precautions against spider bites. It is worth noting that the hobo spider's bite may cause the wound to fester, similar to the Recluse spider. Once bitten by any spider species, you should consult a professional physician for treatment.