Spiders are identified by their various physical, behavior and environmental attributes as well as their bites. By carefully observing the spider and comparing its characteristics to a database of likely spiders in the area, it is possible to identify it.Continue Reading
There are many types of indigenous spiders in Michigan. A good reference is essential to properly determining the type of a spider. The U.S. Spider database classifies spiders by region and state and has pictorial references.
Take a picture if possible. The colors, patterns and markings are important in identifying the spider. Spiders have four, six or eight eyes. Some spiders have thick hairy legs, but others do not.
Habitat and web shape can help to identify the spider. Other behaviors, such as whether the spider is aggressive, can also help determine the type of spider.