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Subject: Red Striped Spider
Location: Grand Prairie, TX
July 28, 2015 9:31 pm
This spider jumped the sliding glass door ledge, and bolted into the house toward my kitchen. I had never seen anything like it here in the Dallas city before. It’s flashy red coloring made me wonder if it were poisonous, and well…I squeeshed it. The pic was taken today. However, he was squeeshed on Saturday, July 25th.
Signature: not sure what you question is here.

Unknown spider

Ant Mimic Spider

We have tried unsuccessfully to identify your Spider, and what we find most troubling is that we believe we have a photo of this species posted somewhere in the over 20,000 postings on our site.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist in this identification.

Update:  July 30, 2015
Several folks provided comments indicating that this looks like an Ant Mimic Spider,
Castianeira amoena, and we are in agreement, though when the image first arrived, it looked like a hairier spider than an Ant Mimic.

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Subject: Mystery Fishing Spider
Location: North Plainfield, New Jersey
July 23, 2015 7:53 am
This guy has been hanging out on my pool these past few days. It’s clearly some kind of fishing spider but I can’t figure out what species. From the markings, it doesn’t look quite like any of the more common local species. Any guesses?
Signature: LaSalamander

Grass Spider Walks on Water!!!

Grass Spider Walks on Water!!!

Dear LaSalamander,
Though it is walking on water, this is not a Fishing Spider, which explains why its markings look different.  Among Spiders, walking on water is not miraculous and species other than Fishing Spiders, including Wolf Spiders are able to walk on water because the spread of their legs helps to distribute the weight of the body.  The pronounced spinnerets at the tip of the abdomen are a factor in identifying this as a Grass Spider, possibly
 Agelenopsis pennsylvanica, one of the Funnel Weavers, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Grass Spider

Grass Spider

Thanks so much, Daniel! I wish I had something witty or something more meaningful to say, but that’s all I got. I’m happy to be schooled on the subject of Fishing and Not-So-Fishing Spiders. Hurray!
John

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Subject: spider
Location: Klickitat County, WA
July 22, 2015 9:40 pm
This spider was behind the dahlias on the north side of our house in Washington state, about 2000 ft. elev., yesterday (7/21/15). Just wondering what you can tell me about it.
Signature: Carla

Golden Orbweaver

Golden Orbweaver

Dear Carla,
This beauty is a Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantia, and like other members of the Orbweaver family, it is a docile and non-aggressive spider that rarely strays far from its web, which it uses to snare its prey.  Orbweavers rarely bite humans, though a large individual might bite if carelessly handled.  The bite is considered harmless, though there may be redness and swelling near the site.

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Subject: Funnel Web Spider
Location: Powell, Ohio
July 22, 2015 6:01 am
This not so little guy has taken up residence in the transom window over our front door. I got the best pictures I could, given the amount of webbing built up around him/her. I told my five year old that I thought it was called a funnel web spider, now she says, “hi tunnel spider, bye tunnel spider”, every time she walks through the foyer. Lol. Enjoy the pics of our tenant!
Signature: Amber

Funnel Web Spider

Funnel Web Spider

Dear Amber,
The distinctive spinnerets are clearly visible in your image of this Funnel Web Spider in the family Agelenidae. 

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Subject: what is this spider?
Location: Stafford Virginia
July 18, 2015 3:05 pm
Can you tell me what this spider is?
Signature: Katyana

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Dear Katyana,
This is a harmless Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes.

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Subject: Burrowing spider black/orange
Location: Albany, TX
July 17, 2015 12:31 pm
I found this spider with a 1′ deep burrow in a dry rocky soils area. I am unsure what spider it is as I have never seen it before
Thanks so much!
Signature: Jonathan

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

Dear Jonathan,
This is one gorgeous and impressive Wolf Spider in the family Lycosidae, but we cannot be certain of the exact species.  We are leaning toward a member of the Burrowing Wolf Spider genus
Geolycosa which is well represented on BugGuide.  There is an image on the Arco Digital Images site from Wolfsspinne, Texas that looks very similar to your individual.  We also found a very entertaining posting on the Bugs In The News website from Harker Heights, Texas, and the author indicates that Geolycosa is a possible identification.  We would not discount the possibility that this is a member of the genus Hogna either.  Perhaps one of our readers can assist with this identification.

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

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