If you’re like most people, you just call a spider a spider and leave it at that. At least, that’s what you do until you encounter one yourself. Then, you’re excruciatingly aware of its every tiny distinguishing feature. Does that marking mean it’s poisonous? Are its legs that long because it’s some displaced tropical monster? Is it going to eat me? The truth is, the scariest things about most spiders is what you don’t know about them. If you can identify a spider by looking at it, you’ll know whether you’re in danger and how to react to the situation. That’s why we put together this list of the most common spiders in the midwest. It might not help you totally overcome your fear, but at least you’ll have more specific things to scream about!