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Ever seen a white spider?

Asked by Berserker (33459points) September 3rd, 2012

Last night there was a white spider crawling on my wall. I’ve never seen any completely white spiders before, so that was kind of odd. I think baby spiders are white when they pop out of their eggs, but this wasn’t a baby. It looked like a regular house spider, maybe a tad smaller, but it was all white. I wanted to take a picture of it with my cell but it was way too fast, and disappeared out of view.
So what I’m wondering, what is this white spider? Tried to look it up online, but they keep coming up with results for the white tail spider, which isn’t my spider. The closest I found to an answer is that it’s a type of house spider…which I kind of figured already. :/ But I’d like more information on this kind.
Does anyone know what kind this was? Was it some kind of vampire spider or something? How come it was all white?

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Trillian's avatar

All white? Yeesh!
It might have been a scout from a deep underground lair where all the spiders and creepy crawlies have never felt the warm, life-giving touch of the sun and are thus without pigment or sight.
Be vigilant, lest it come back with more of it’s night vision kin and carry you off.

Coloma's avatar

Maybe it is an albino variety of whatever species it is. Very cool, I love seeing interesting little nature things. I saw an albino hummingbird once, a rarity too.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Grew up in darkness? I was cleaning out decades of old crap out of a basement once. Picked up a box of old magazines, box broke, and hundreds of white rolly polly’s cam spilling out.

gasman's avatar

I’ve seen spiders with very little pigmentation (including most newly hatched), kind of a very pale brown but more yellowish than white. I suppose how “white” it is depends a lot on lighting. I tried to get more info at Google but I’m swamped with “spider vein” treatments, even excluding the word “vein” and substituting “arachnid.”
Anyway, here’s a bunch of pictures to match: Google images

gailcalled's avatar

Robert Frost has;

Design (1936)

I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth—
Assorted characters of death and blight
Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth—
A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
And dead wings carried like a paper kite.

What had that flower to do with being white,
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
What brought the kindred spider to that height,
Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
What but design of darkness to appall?—
If design govern in a thing so small.

Berserker's avatar

@Coloma Yeah, it was definitely a neat spider. Can something like spiders and insects actually be albino though?

@Trillian Haha yeah, maybe it’s like a drow spider. :D

@Dutchess_III You mean like sow bugs?

@gasman I got up close to it, it was completely milk white, besides the eyes which were black, and hard to see, even from that up close. Was also moving really fast.

@gailcalled Ha cool poem. Kind of reminds me of all those old horror/vampire poems from the eighteen hundreds and early 1900’s.

gasman's avatar

@Symbeline Check my updated post above for images.

Trillian's avatar

I totally found a photo. Take a good look and forget sleeping soundly ever again. You’re welcome.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Like this @Symbeline. That’s just what we call them in Kansas. Ahh ahhh Kansas. The land of rivers and cricks.

Berserker's avatar

@gasman It kind of looks like the first spider on page two, but mine had thinner legs than that one.

@Trillian Ha sweet. Up close pictures of bugs. Reminds me of when someone posted a microscopic image of a fruit fly’s penis.

marinelife's avatar

They exist. There are several different types of white spider.

gailcalled's avatar

Here is an anonymous but still interesting critique of the Frost poem.

The author says that ” Design,” a perfectly executed sonnet, is Frost’s greatest poem. I don’t agree with that but do with this: “The poem is in many ways the key to Frost’s universe, a poem so perfect in its execution that one cannot imagine a word placed otherwise.”

Trillian's avatar

@Symbeline Imagine someone taking the time and trouble to get a fruit fly to pose for a pic like that. We really do have the sweetest people on this site!

ucme's avatar

Nope, my son did spot a mahoosive spider in his bedroom last week, imagine “thing” from the Addams family only with hairs & loads of eyes, that’s how big the fucker was.
He ran down stairs suitably spooked & his mother played the hero & ejected it from the house, I cowered in the corner sucking on my thumb as a certified coward should do.

Berserker's avatar

@Trillian lol insect porn

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I never saw a spider white.
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow
I’d rather see than be one.

@Symbeline Without a photo and a general location, it may be hard to identify. You could always arrange a meeting with Pilcher from Silence of the Lambs. He’s the bug expert.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline I’ve seen a white spider with longish legs when I was young in our pool. I thought it was dead so I picked it up to throw it out of the pool. Little bastard bit me, it hurt so bad. I guess it’s not poisonous though.:)

Berserker's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Yeah but I really doubt I’ll find it again…unless it happens to walk across my field of vision.

@Adirondackwannabe Yeah, in North America we only have three or four dangerous spiders. :/

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline Yeah, just three dangerous ones that I know of: Brown Recluse, Black Widow, and Pissed off GirlFriend.

Berserker's avatar

Do we have tarantulas here? Canada I highly doubt it, but some places in the States might have them.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Tarantulas aren’t poisonous. They just look like it. It’ll hurt like hell but not kill you.

Berserker's avatar

Oh…I thought they were. I heard pet shops take the venom out before selling them. Or maybe that was scorpions.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Scorpions are more iffy. Some will, some won’t kill you.

Mariah's avatar

Was it hairy? I’ve seen spiders that were white, but it’s like the hair was white. And you could kind of see specks of a black body underneath. That sounds a lot more horrifying then they really were.

Berserker's avatar

It wasn’t very hairy, looked pretty smooth.

augustlan's avatar

I’ve seen white spiders a couple of times. Always creepy, but interesting! I have no idea what kind of spider they were… either they or I departed too quickly for intense observation.

Berserker's avatar

I thought it was kinda cute, just sprinting away going, yo skank, stop checkin me out yo. I got a close look at it, but not long enough. But yeah, it was interesting.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Taratula’s are SCARY. But not poisonous. We have them here, in southern Kansas. Damn Oklahoma. They’re dumping their immigrant armadillos (Texas natives) on us too. It’s strange seeing them further and further north every year.

Only138's avatar

I get those motherfuckers in my house all the time. I hate spiders.

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