Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Aphonopelma chalcodes - Desert Blond Tarantula

Spiders of the Georgia region of North America
By Ralph Chamberlin & Wilton Ivie
Bulletin of the University of Utah 35(9):1-267, 1944

Common Spiders of North America
By Richard A. Bradley
University of California Press , 2012
"Spiders are among the most diverse groups of terrestrial invertebrates, yet they are among the least studied and poorly understood groups. This beautifully illustrated volume is the first comprehensive guide to all 68 families of spiders in North America and illustrates 469 of the most commonly encountered species. Species descriptions include identification tips, typical habitat, geographic distribution, and behavioral notes. A concise illustrated introduction to spider biology and anatomy provides the key for understanding spider relationships. This book is a critical resource for curious naturalists who want to understand this ubiquitous and ecologically critical component of our biosphere."

Notes on little known New England spiders
By B. J. Kaston
The Canadian Entomologist 70: 12-17, 1938
If you have a subscription, a free PDF is available from the publisher. Otherwise, I think all articles are pay-per-view only.

Descriptions of new spiders
By Nathan Banks
The Canadian Entomologist 29: 193-197, 1897
Available online to subscribers of The Canadian Entomologist, otherwise pay-per-view only -

Report on a collection of spiders from Mexico. 3.
By Willis J. Gertsch & L. Irby Davis
American Museum Novitates 1069: 1-22, 1940

Laboratory methods for maintaining and studying web-building spiders
By Zschokke, S. & M.E. Herberstein
Journal of Arachnology 33: 205–213, 2005
Available on Dr. Zschokke's website here.

Partial abstract: "This paper aims to provide an up-to-date guide on how to best collect, keep and study web-building spiders. In particular, it describes how to obtain spiders by capturing them or by raising them from cocoons, how to keep and feed spiders in the laboratory and how to encourage them to build webs. Finally it describes how to document and analyze web building and web structure."

Spiders from the Southwestern United States with descriptions of new species
By W.J. Gertsch
American Museum of Natural History, 1935
American Museum Novitates No. 792

This paper is available online thru the AMNH Research

The Crab Spiders of Canada and Alaska; Araneae: Philodromidae and Thomisidae (The Insects and Arachnids of Canada, Part 5)
By Charles Dondale & James Redner
Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Publ. 1663: 1-255, 1978
Entire monograph available for free download from the Entomological Society of Canada:

(The monographs are also now available as print-on-demand books at All the titles can be found using a search for “Agriculture Canada” or by individual title.)