What type of spider is this?

Asked November 3, 2015, 2:04 PM EST

Hi, I live in Park Forest, IL and this spider was found in my husbands room. Should I be concerned, pack our things and move?

Cook County Illinois

1 Response

That is a photo of a very healthy and happy Cross Orbweaver Spider, Araneus diadematus. They are considered to be not harmful to humans. According to this article, it's not a native spider to the US, but it's commonly found throughout the country: http://naturemappingfoundation.org/natmap/facts/cross_spider_712.html .

If you can collect her and toss her outside to capture flying insects, please do so. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry too much about them.