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Subject: Tarantula Spider ?
Location: Orange, CA
July 23, 2016 8:52 am
This spider was found around 10:30pm. It was over 100 F here during the day so I am not sure if the heat confused it? It was found On a driveway near a garden. The legs seem more slender than other pictures of tarantulas I have seen. If you look closely you can notice darker black banding on its legs. Just wondering what it’s species is?
Signature: Courtney

Tarantula

Tarantula

Dear Courtney,
This is most definitely a Tarantula.

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Subject: Massachusetts Trapdoor Spider?
Location: South Central Massachusetts
July 10, 2016 11:00 am
I would be most appreciative if you could identify the spider I found last week walking on my garage floor. I have never seen this particular spider before. Could it be a northeast trapdoor spider? I let him go without harm, I love spiders.
Signature: Thank you!

Trapdoor Spider

Black Purseweb Spider

Though this might be a Trapdoor Spider in the genus Ummidia, based on images posted to BugGuide,  the genus seems to be primarily a southern genus with sightings as far north as Maryland on BugGuide.  We believe a much closer match is a Purseweb Spider in the family Atypidae, like this individual posted to BugGuide.  The Black Purseweb Spider, Sphodros niger, pictured on BugGuide looks like a perfect match to us and you are well within the documented range of the species according to BugGuide.  The spinnerets, the silk producing organs at the tip of the abdomen, are quite distinctive, as are the impressive chelicerae.  You may enjoy the information provided in the Angelfire pdf.

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Subject: What type of tarantula could this be ?
Location: Bought it in Australia but could be from another country.
July 6, 2016 10:33 am
I know it’s a tarantula but just wondering if you could give me an idea on what type! I bought it from a pet store and forgotten what it’s called !!!
Signature: Adrian

Tarantula, we presume

Tarantula, we presume

Dear Adrian,
With all due respect, accuracy in proper identifications is tremendously aided by knowing the location of the sighting.  Pet stores purchase creatures from all over the world.  Furthermore, the highest quality images are incredibly helpful for proper identifications.  Your dark, blurry, low resolution image is not ideal for a proper identification.  We are not able to assist you at this time.

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Subject: Red legged purse web spider
Location: Washington, MO
June 23, 2016 12:10 pm
Found this beauty in a trash can a woodland critter had knocked over. He is in Washington, MO.
Signature: Bob the Farrier

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

Hi Bob the Farrier,
It always cheers us so to post new images of Red Legged Purseweb Spiders.

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!Subject:  Red Legged Purseweb Spider
Location:  Great Falls Park, Virginia
June 19, 2016 11:50 AM
Thank you for the ID! I just photographed a Red Legged Purseweb Spider today at Great Falls Park, Virginia – since it’s endangered and rare, I thought you would like to know of the sighting. Not a great photo, as it was moving fairly fast from the path to the greater safety of the grass.
Signature: Seth

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

Dear Seth,
We are not certain what flaws you observe in your awesome image of an endangered Red Legged Purseweb Spider, but it is the best image we have received of the species since the first submission we received 13 years ago and featured in a posting entitled Help! I’m Having Nightmares!

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Subject: Red legged purse web spider
Location: North east TN
June 17, 2016 4:03 pm
I am 49 years old and this is the first time I’ve seen one of these spiders. It was walking at a very fast pace down the sidewalk, like it owned it, in the small town of Robbins, TN. I’ve lived around this area all my life, so why is this my first encounter with this species?
Signature: T. Smith

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

Dear T. Smith,
According to information we have read, the Red Legged Purseweb Spider is considered rare and endangered, which could explain the infrequency with which they are seen.  Sightings of males tend to be most common in June when they are out searching for a mate, hence his “very fast pace.”

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