The arrival of spring and summer in Maryland is always a cause for excitement. Warmer weather means more outdoor adventures, from hikes to swimming holes. However, with warm weather means the emergence of bugs in Maryland. We have hundreds of species of arachnids and insects in Maryland, and while there are certainly some people who love creepy crawlies, it’s safe to say that most of us are trying to invent a bug spray that repels them for 50 miles in every direction. We have very few truly dangerous bugs in Maryland, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of creepy-looking insects and arachnids here.

Whether you love insects in Maryland or hate them, one thing is for certain: they’re here to stay!


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Animals In Maryland

Are there any deadly spiders or insects, or dangerous bugs in Maryland?

  • Cow killer, aka velvet ant (though they are technically wasps!)
  • Red fire ant
  • Black widow spider
  • Brown recluse spider


What are some of the weirdest animals seen in Maryland?

Did you know there are over 50 species of birds that are only found in Maryland? We have all kinds of other critters you might not expect, like black bears, porcupines, and nutria.

How many species of insects in Maryland are there?

The exact number is unknown, but it's thought that there are over 1,200 species of insects in Maryland!