Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Interested in a 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico?

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Previous events

trapdor spider - Myrmekiaphila comstocki - male

trapdor spider - Myrmekiaphila comstocki - Male
shreveport 71106, bossier Parish, Louisiana, USA
December 1, 2009
Size: one inch
the red one is about the size of a 50cent peice longer legs perhaps this one is a male does redish color sugest age or premolt

Images of this individual: tag all
trapdor spider - Myrmekiaphila comstocki - female trapdor spider - Myrmekiaphila comstocki - male trapdor spider - Myrmekiaphila comstocki trapdor spider - Myrmekiaphila comstocki

Moved from Myrmekiaphila.


Moved from ID Request.

I think that's their normal coloration
Hi, Tony. This color might just be normal for the Myrmekiaphila genus. That article that I gave you on the last photo you submitted mentions that the the carapace color can range from yellowish-red to dark reddish-brown. This one could be a male like you said. From what I read in the article, it seems like the first one you submitted may be a female because of the wide, dusky stripes on the back of her abdomen (her dorsum)...and this new submission of the more reddish spider doesn't seem to have those, which I guess means it could be a male. But like I said before, someone like Brent would probably know more about this genus. Thank you for submitting this photo, also! We may need to see if Brent can confirm that this is also Myrmekiaphila (I think it is).

And here is that article again (give it a moment to load): (This article is absolutely wonderful for anyone interested in this genus...color photos and everything!)

trapdoor spiders
thanks Mandy for helping me out I went through the downloaded site will have to read it many more times to understand all of it thats just the way my brain works Ive submited a picture of my last spider it finally came out last night I dont think my soil is right it seams to clumpy and falls back in as they dig they dont seem to be building there burrows they seem to go under ground more to hibernate Ive got theme at room temperture and moisened soil I want theme comfortable so they will build there trap doors have you seen any sites about building terriums for burroing spiders thanks specificaly for trapdoor spiders


Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.