Location: Prescott, AZ
November 25, 2010 10:03 am
My son in Prescott AZ saw this spider wandering around the kitchen. Two days later it was in the bathroom. He took this photo before putting it outside. There are so many variations of spiders we have not been able to ID it, but think it is perhaps a Wolf spider or a baby Tarantula.
The weather is starting to get cold in Prescott, so the spider was probably looking for a warmer area.
Signature: Jim W
Your spider is a perfect visual match to an image we located on BugGuide that is identified as a Giant Crab Spider in the genus Olios that is also from Arizona, but it is not identified to the species level. The following remark was recently posted to the genus page on BugGuide: “Olios The genus Olios is in need of a major revision. Most of the described western species were written up over 75 years ago and there has never been a comprehensive review of the genus. Additionally,there are apparently numerous undescribed species in various collections. So, for now, the safest thing is to leave it Olios sp. … R.J. Adams, 17 October, 2010 – 12:48pm.” Giant Crab Spiders are also known as Huntsman Spiders. They are hunting spiders that do not spin a web for snaring prey, and they also hunt by night.
Thanks for taking the time to reply.
It is really considerate of you to spare some time to satisfy the curiosity of random strangers.
Jimmy said the spider was very handsome, and aggressive, too. When Jimmy moved the spider outside it stood up on it’s back legs and threatened him by waving the front legs at him.
Spunky little guy. Hopefully he will be OK outside.