16 Blue Spiders And How To Identify Them!

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Blue spiders are some of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures in the world! Although there are many different species of blue spiders, each one has its own unique patterns and characteristics.

Blue spiders are relatively rare, so there’s nothing quite like the thrill of spotting one in the wild for the first time. However, the problem most people have is how to identify the species of spider.

So, in this blog post, we will discuss 16 different species of blue spiders and how to identify them. With that said, if you’re ready, let’s get started!

16 Blue Spiders And How To Identify Them

1. Brazilian Blue Spider

Brazilian Blue Tarantula

The Brazilian blue tarantula is a species of tarantula that is native to an ecological island within the Chapada Diamantina National Park in Bahia, Brazil.

This type of spider prefers warm climates with temperatures of around 20 °C. They also spend most of the day hiding in burrows or under rocks. At night, they will venture out in search of food.

Scientific Name:Pterinopelma Sazimai
Family:Theraphosidae
Habitat:Tropical Forests
Size:4-6 Inches

How To Identify

When looking at one of these spiders straight away your notice they have blue legs and bodies. However, what separates them from other blue spiders are the red hairs located on their abdomen.

You should also notice that they have a light gray prosoma, and opisthosoma, with darker gray chevrons. If the spider you’re looking at has these colors it’s likely you have found a Brazilian blue tarantula.

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2. Peacock Tarantula

Peacock Tarantula

The peacock tarantula spider is the only blue tarantula of the Poecilotheria genus and is native to southern India around the forest of Andhra, Pradesh. However, because of deforestation, these spiders are considered to be an endangered species on the IUCN red list.

Scientific Name:Poecilotheria Metallica
Family:Theraphosidae
Habitat:Forest Of Andhra
Size:6 to 8 Inches

How To Identify

The peacock tarantula gets its name from the colorful patterns on its abdomen, which resemble the tail feathers of a peacock. They also have a noticeable blue prosoma and opisthosoma with white patches running down the center.

The peacock tarantula is considered one of the largest spiders in the world, with a leg span that can reach up to (6–8 in). Their legs are also blue with tiny yellow stripes at the top of each knuckle and their abdomen will be light gray with dark spots.

3. Cobalt Blue Tarantula

Cobalt Blue Tarantula

The Cobalt blue tarantula is a beautiful spider that is found in the rainforests of Southeast Asia. It’s a shy spider that spends most of its time hiding in burrows or under logs. However, the females are much bigger than the males and can reach up to 5 inches in length.

When threatened, the Cobalt Blue Tarantula will usually flee first, but if cornered it will rear up and show its large fangs as a warning. If necessary, the cobalt blue tarantula will also bite in self-defense, but this is extremely rare!

Scientific Name:Cyriopagopus Lividus
Family:Theraphosidae
Habitat:Tropical Rainforests
Size:5 Inches

How To Identify

The Cobalt Blue Tarantula is a striking spider, easily recognizable by its vibrant blue legs with tiny grey hairs. Their body is mostly light gray, with darker gray chevrons on the opisthosoma (back half).

The males and females look very similar to each other in color until they molt! When this happens the males will be a much lighter tan coloration compared to the females.

4. Singapore Blue

Singapore Blue

The Singapore Blue Tarantula is native to southeast Asia Singapore. It’s also one of the most common blue spiders that are kept as pets in Asia.

Scientific Name:Omothymus Violaceopes
Family:Theraphosidae
Habitat:Tropical Forests
Size:9 Inches

How To Identify

The most defining feature of the Singapore blue tarantula is its blue legs and brown and gold carapace. It’s also a very large spider that can reach an excess of 9 inches (23 cm) across in length.

They also have tiny white hairs on their legs and body which give them a “furry” appearance. If you notice these characteristics, then you’re likely looking at a Singapore Blue Tarantula.

5. Chrysilla Volupe

Chrysilla Volupe

The Chrysilla Volupe, is one of the smaller blue spider species, only reaching about 4 inches (5.44mm) in length, and is native to Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, and Bhutan.

Because of their size, they are extremely rare to find in the wild, so if you have discovered one then congratulations “you are one of the few”.

Not much is known about their behavior but they are believed to be “nocturnal hunters” and build small webs near the ground to catch their prey.

Scientific Name:Chrysilla Volupe
Family:Salticidae
Habitat:Rain Forests
Size:5.44 mm

How To Identify

The Chrysilla Volupe is a very colorful spider! If you see a male your notice their legs are golden with purple shades. Their carapace will have a slightly reddish-orange color that has two blue stripes.

The females, on the other hand, have legs that are completely yellow with a gray carapace with grey eyebrows. If you see a spider with these colors then it is likely a Chrysilla Volupe.

6. Metallic Blue Jumper

Metallic Blue Jumper

The Metallic blue jumper, “Thiania Bhamoensis” is a common spider found in “Bhamo” in northern Burma. This species of spider is a jumping spider, and will typically build its nest in gardens or hedges typically between green leaves.

These spiders are also unique because they will molt and often lay their eggs, on these green leaves which is very strange and unusual for spiders.

Scientific Name:Thiania Bhamoensis
Family:Salticidae
Habitat:Garden Or Roadside Hedges
Size:1.8 – 2.5 cm

How To Identify

The Metallic Blue Jumper has a blue carapace with green markings on its abdomen. However, the females are greener and have black faces compared to the males.

The males have a more vibrant blue color on their body and legs and their face is white not black like the females.

7. Greenbottle Blue Tarantula

Greenbottle Blue Tarantula

The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula is a spider that is native to “The Paraguaná Peninsula” and can be found in desert areas of northern Venezuela. They usually live under bushes and tree roots where they nest and make web funnels.

Not only does their webbing traps insects but it also protects them from the harsh desert climate. Their diet is made up of small crickets, roaches, worms, or anything they can find in the desert.

Scientific Name:Chromatopelma Cyaneopubescens
Family:Theraphosidae
Habitat:Desert Areas
Size:6 Inches

How To Identify

This spider is easily identifiable by its metallic blue legs and blue-green carapace getting its name the Greenbottle Blue Tarantula. They can also grow quite large with some adults reaching up to six inches (15 cm) in length.

This species of spider is also particularly attractive to hobbyists and collectors because of its vibrant colors and rarity.

8. Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula

Juvenile Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula

The Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula is a species of tarantula that is native to Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea of South America. This spider gets its name from the “pinkish hue” on its toes and legs.

They are known to be one of the more docile tarantulas, quite shy, and will usually stay hidden in their burrows or under leaves. It’s also considered to be a medium-sized tarantula that can range from 4.5 to 6 inches in size.

Scientific Name:Caribena Versicolor
Family:Theraphosidae
Habitat:Caribbean Sea
Size:4.5 To 6 Inches

How To Identify

The most defining feature of the Antilles Pink toe Tarantula is its vibrant pink toes and legs. However, when they grow they start to lose their blue coloration and their carapace will turn green, and their abdomen red.

Their legs turn green with pink tarsi which are covered with purple hairs. The males are more brightly colored compared to the females. But, the females are much larger than the males who have smaller abdomens.

9. Sea-Green Northern Spider

Sea-Green Northern Spider

The Sea-Green Northern Jumper is a common spider usually found in Malaysia to Australia. This spider is from the same family as the metallic blue jumper and is also very similar in appearance and size reaching about 1.2 and 1.8cm in length.

It’s believed that this spider was dispersed by man to the gardens and the parks of Queensland which has tropical and sub-tropical coastal regions.

Scientific Name:Cosmophasis Thalassina
Family:Salticidae
Habitat:Tropical – Sub-Tropical Climates
Size: 1.2 To 1.8cm

How To Identify

The Sea-Green Northern Jumper has a very distinct coloring that helps it stand out from other spiders. Its carapace is green and bronze in color with copper hairs and its legs are black with white patches

They also have an underlying broadband multilayer reflector that is blue in color. This is what gives them their blue hue and makes them so unique.

10. Golden Blue-Legged Baboon Spider

Golden Blue-Legged Baboon

The Golden Blue-Legged Baboon Spider is a species of tarantula that is native to South Africa in Grahamstown. This spider gets its name from the “golden hue” on its carapace and metallic blue legs.

The females are usually larger than the males reaching up to eight inches (14 cm) in length! While the males only grow to10cm. The females can also live longer than the males up to 12 years and only 2 to 3 years for the males.

Scientific Name:Harpactira Pulchripes
Family:Theraphosidae
Habitat:Arid Climate
Size:10 To 14cm

How To Identify

The most defining feature of the Golden Blue-Legged Baboon Spider is its vibrant golden carapace and metallic blue legs. However, when they reach adulthood their colors will start to fade and they will turn more vivid orange or yellow.

Their legs are also covered in black hairs which give them a velvety appearance. The male’s legs are longer and are more brightly colored compared to the females but the females are much larger.

11. Red-Headed Mouse Spider

Red-Headed Mouse Spider

The Red-Headed Mouse Spider is a very common spider found in southern Australia. These spiders spend most of their time in open forests and desert shrublands where they dig small burrows to nest.

They are also members of the Missulena species, which are widely known for being wind-dispersed (ballooning) so they can travel long distances.

Missulena venom can also be very toxic, however, there’s been very few cases of any serious injuries! In fact, their bites only caused minor effects.

Scientific Name:Missulena Occatoria
Family:Actinopodidae
Habitat:Forests And Desert Shrublands
Size:12 To 24mm

How To Identify

The most distinguishing feature of the Red-Headed Mouse Spider is its bright red head and jaws, and blue-black abdomen. However, the females look slightly different and have black that has a red tinge.

The females are also much larger than the males and can grow up to 24 mm. While the males only grow to 12 mm. Their legs are completely black with a glossy appearance.

12. Blue-Foot Baboon

Blue-Foot Baboon

The Blue-Foot Baboon spider, also known as the Idiothele Mira or the trap-door tarantula, is a much smaller species of tarantula native to South Africa.

Females of the species grow to an average size of 4.5 inches, while males only reach an average of 3.5 inches. This spider tends to live in wooded habitats and will construct densely silk-lined funnels usually under rocks and logs to catch its prey.

Scientific Name:Idiothele Mira
Family:Theraphosidae
Habitat:Wooded Areas
Size:3.5 To 4.5mm

How To Identify

The most distinguishing feature of the Blue-Foot Baboon is its vibrant blue feet, toes” or tarsi, and metatarsi. Their carapace is black and golden the gold radiating within black giving it a “starburst” pattern, and the abdomen is also golden with black speckling.

The Idiothele Mira is a much smaller species of tarantula with the females growing at 4.5 inches and the males at only 3.5 inches.

13. Bold Jumping Spider

Bold Jumping Spider

The Bold Jumping Spider is a small, black-and-white spider. However, it does have a blue mouth which is why we added it to this list! This spider can be found throughout North America and is also known for its large eyes.

In fact, this spider has a total of eight eyes, arranged in two rows of four giving this Spider a wide field of view, which helps it to identify potential prey as well as any predators.

Scientific Name:Phidippus Audax
Family:Salticidae
Habitat:Fields And Grasslands
Size:15 To 18mm

How To Identify

The most distinguishing feature of the Bold Jumping Spider is its large eyes and blue mouth. The spider’s body and legs are black with white hairs that look like stripes however, the juveniles have orange stripes that turn white as they molt.

The females are usually larger than the males and can grow up to 18mm while the males only reach around 15mm.

14. Madagascar Hermit Spider

Madagascar Hermit Spider

The Madagascar hermit spider is an unusual creature that is found only on the island of Madagascar. These spiders are not social, and each one lives in its own individual burrow. The Madagascar hermit spider is also unique in that it lacks venom.

However, the reason why this spider is included in this list is that the color of its abdomen ranges from creamy brown to purple, and even blue!

Although they are not considered dangerous to humans, their strange appearance and habits make them feared creatures among many native Madagascans.

Scientific Name:Nephilingis Livida
Family:Araneidae
Habitat:Madagascar Islands
Size:5 To 24mm

How To Identify

The Hermit Spider has a distinctively long, curved body, and its legs are covered in small spines. Its eyes are large and black, and its mouth is surrounded by long, feelers. Their abdomen can range from blue, brown, purple, or cream in color.

The females typically grow to 24mm in length while the males only grow to 5mm and will have an almost gold-colored sternum and grey abdomen.

15. Polychromatic Earth Tiger

Polychromatic Earth Tiger

The Polychromatic Earth Tiger is a beautiful shy and elusive creature that is rarely seen by humans. Some believe that they are a myth or legend, but those who have seen them know that they are real.

The Polychromatic Earth Tiger is native to the Western Ghats of India, however, the earth tiger’s carapace is purple while its legs and upper body are dark blues with tiny purple hairs.

Scientific Name:Haploclastus Devamatha
Family:Theraphosidae
Habitat:Western Ghats of India
Size:3.94 To 5.91 Inches

How To Identify

One of the most beautiful and intriguing spiders on the planet is the polychromatic earth tiger. As its name suggests, this creature is a tiger that has been blessed with a stunning rainbow of hues.

There are several key features that distinguish the polychromatic earth tiger carapace is purple while their legs and upper body are dark blues with tiny purple hairs.

16. Black Lace-Weaver

Black Lace-Weaver

The black lace-weaver is a species of spider that is native to Europe and North America. The spiders are known for their intricate web designs, which are typically built in areas, such as forests.

This spider prefers dark sheltered areas such as underneath logs or inside cellars.

But, why is it on the list you ask? Well, although this spider is black from a distance it does have shades of blue on its carapace.

Scientific Name:Amaurobius Ferox
Family:Amaurobiidae
Habitat:Dark Areas
Size:8 To 16mm

How To Identify

The Black Lace-Weaver is easily distinguished by their black bodies and the pale skull pattern on their abdomens. However, as mentioned, it does have some shades of brown, red, blue, and black on its carapace.

These are nocturnal spiders and the females are larger than the males growing at 16mm while the males grow to 10mm in length including the legs.

Conclusion

That concludes our list of 16 blue spiders! We hope you found this post informative and helpful in your quest to identify these beautiful spiders. As always, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to us via our contact page on this website.