Myth: All spiders are male

October 23, 2015
Rod Crawford

Myth: All spiders are male.

Fact: Of course, people don't literally believe that there are no female spiders. But they certainly talk as if they did! Nine times out of ten, callers telling me about a spider they found call it "he" or "him." A little reflection should show how silly this sounds. Unless you actually know a spider's sex, it makes more sense to call it "it."

Illustration of dictyna sublata female and male.

Male spiders of any species are easy to recognize by the enlarged ends of the palps (the male sex organs).
Illustration: Dictyna sublata female, male

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