Spiders Of Indiana.. Good And Bad

Large Spiders Commonly Found In Southern Indiana And Through out The Midwestern Regions Of the USA

There are many different types of spiders in the southern regions of the United States, some native to Indiana. Some are poisonous, some are harmless and some eat the insects living around our homes. It’s important to know which ones can do you harm.

Wolf Spiders

1. Wolf Spider…If the spider has a leg span of about 2 inches, is brown with a dark gray/black Union Jack or cross pattern on its back, and it is very furry and bulky looking, then the spider is most likely a wolf spider. These are rarely found indoors and only mildly venomous. Their bites will usually only cause itching.


Fishing Spider

2. Fishing Spider…If the leg span is around 3 inches long and the spider is a dark-brown color with light and dark gray markings, it could be a fishing spider. These spiders enjoy living near water or dark, damp places. They can run across water to hunt for prey, do not maintain a web and are just poisonous enough to cause minor redness and necrosis near their bites.


Yellow Garden Spider

3.Yellow Garden Spider…Check to see if the leg span of the spider is about 2-1/2 inches long, and look for yellow and black markings with a white area near the head. If your spider fits this description, it is likely a yellow garden spider. Bites result in only mild itching and swelling for a couple days, though it is believed their bites could inject a small amount of neurotoxin as well.


Yellow House Spider

4.Yellow House Spider…Look for a yellow-green color on the spider’s body and a darker color on its legs. If this coloration is present and the spider is about one-fourth of an inch long, then it is probably a yellow house spider. These spiders cannot puncture the skin and are only mildly venomous.


Hobo Spider

5. Hobo Spider…Look closely at the spider to see if it is brown in color with smooth light-brown legs. If it is, then this spider may be a hobo spider. This spider is sometimes confused with the brown recluse spider, but a hobo spider lacks the violin-shaped dark marking on its back. The bite of a hobo spider can be painful, and it is only slightly less poisonous than a brown recluse spider and just as aggressive.


Triangulate Cobweb Spider

6.Triangulate Cobweb Spider…Check the spider in question to see if it is brown with triangle-shaped tan markings on its back. If it is, then this spider is most likely to be a triangulate cobweb spider. These spiders are not dangerous to humans, but they do hunt brown recluse spiders and black widows, so they are nice to have around the house.


Black Widow Spider

7.Black Widow Spider… Look at the coloration of the spider and see if it is black with a red hourglass-shaped pattern on its underbelly. If it is, then it is almost certainly a black widow. These spiders have extremely poisonous venom and commonly hang upside down from their rough, messy webs.


Six Spotted Orb Weaver Spider

8.Six Spotted Orb Weaver Spider… If the spider has a leg span of about 1-1/2 inches long with a very round body and six (or eight in rare cases) black spots on the abdomen, then the spider is most likely a six-spotted orb weaver spider. It is easier to tell when these spiders are around, because they weave huge webs up to 6 feet in diameter to catch flying insects outside. These spiders are nontoxic to humans.

Though Many of you may have the Natural Response to Kill these Spiders. Remember first that they are a natural part of your Local Ecology.They are Bugs that Eat Other Bugs, and in the Case of the Triangulate Cobweb Spider, could be Handy to have around….


Be Nice to Nature and it Will be Nice to You!!!



Our Huge Backyard Farm Project


Building a backyard farm in rural America is a daunting task. The ground is hard and full of clay suitable for cob building applications(we haven’t gotten to that yet) and there are weeds aplenty. People say there’s not much to do out in the country but out here we have tons of stuff happening.


Our backyard farm project is growing and we hope to see a nice return in the way of fresh veggies and animals (rabbits and chickens) to process for meat. Our goal is to become as self sufficient as possible to ease our living in these poor economic times.


We have many other ideas besides the general farm were building. Alternative energy, homemade soaps and candles are on our to do list as well as making home made wine and spirits and locating forgotten wild edibles and other forages that we can use to our advantage.

We’ve been hard at work on this project since the beginning of March and we are starting to reap the benefits.



Things are progressing quite nicely. We’ve already had our first salads from the garden and our animals, chickens and rabbits, are getting regular green snacks out of there as well. Personally I’m waiting for the fresh salsa.

We have other ongoing projects that are well under way. Each day brings a new set of challenges with new projects and the extra work they make for us, but the money we’ll save in the long run is more than worth it. The feeling of self sufficiency is very nice too.

Here’s a sneak peak at another project that still needs a little work.

Hopefully my videos will get better with practice.


Life Is Better With A Dog.

I say this with surety, for it is something I know all too well. Dogs are awesome. They comfort us when were sad or blue. They get excited for us. No one is ever happier to see you than your dog. I really love my dog Rufus. He’s the best. Sure he’s often a pain and he’s definitely a lot of responsibility but he’s my little terd bird. Well, maybe not so little.


Rufus was born to my brothers dog Asia in my coveralls with his litter mates. One day when my brother was over with Asia and his girlfriend, Asia disappeared. When we found her, she was nestled in my winter coveralls halfway thru her delivery of 6 little baby pitt bull terriers. Needless to say she stayed with me for the next 7 or 8 weeks. Little Rufus has been following  me around ever since.


He loves to play tug of war. When I take him for walks he grabs the leash in his mouth and leads me out of the yard. He walks me at least as far as the road or the alley out back to be sure we’re really going for a walk and he’s not getting tied up on his chain. He weighs about 60 or 65 lbs so he generally leads me around with me giving him a tug every so often when he’s going somewhere he’s not allowed.


He really loves to go down the old railroad tracks so I can let him go to run. Often we will spend a large part of the afternoon out there running and wrestling. Rufus spends a lot of time munching on wild strawberries and tasty looking blades of grass.

Once I get him (and me) all worn out we’ll make our way home where Rufus knows ill have a snack waiting for him (and me) because all that exercise makes us  hungry.


Rufus eats dog food of course but he always gets a portion of my meals. I purposely make extra for Rufus. He sleeps in my bed and trails me all day inside and out. He likes being outside unless it has  rained or is raining. He hates going out in the mud.

He’s my spoiled little terd bird. I love him and he loves me. Too bad all relationships weren’t this simple and easy to maintain.