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spiders in jar
spiders in jar  

single spider
single spider  
I can not find any information on this spider. I sent pictures to the Univeristy of Kentucky site(Ky Bugs) and he has no idea.
I live in Southeast KY. Found the spiders under a board in drive way.

Hi, Lisa:

The creatures in your images are not spiders, which is probably why you couldn't find images that matched.  They are "harvestmen" in the order Opiliones, maybe this species:

They are not dangerous, not even venomous, if that was an unspoken concern.  They are mostly scavengers and opportunistic predators on injured insects.

Hope this helps!  Thanks for sharing your find.


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