Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Spider identfication

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Spider 1
Spider 1  

Spider 2
Spider 2  
Eric,
I live in Syracuse, NY and keep finding these spiders in my basement. I was wondering if you could tell me if they are harmful and what kind of spider they are, thank you for your time and information!

Jonathan

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Hi, Jonathan:

"Spider 1....Spider 2...."  Sounds like a Dr. Seuss book :-)

Ok, the first spider is an Eastern Parson Spider, Herpyllus ecclesiasticus .  Here is a link to more information:

http://www.spiders.us/species/herpyllus-ecclesiasticus/

The other spider is some kind of wolf spider that I do not recognize (family Lycosidae).  Here's a link to more about those :

http://bugguide.net/node/view/1967

Neither is dangerously venomous.  At this time of year, male spiders are wandering in search of mates, and possibly looking for snug places to overwinter.  Consider them free pest control for your home since they prey on insects that *could* be harmful.

Up there, the only confirmed dangerous spider would be the Northern Black Widow.

Hope this helps.

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

Experience

Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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