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Subject: Hefty spider
Location: Kentucky
April 18, 2016 3:05 pm
I was turning dirt in the garden yesterday and this hefty spider ran out of the dirt, across my shoe and started up my pants leg. I shook her(?) out, caught her in a plastic container and moved her to a stump where she’d be out of the way and not get stepped on. Her body, counting legs, is wider than my thumb and as long. She’s a heavy bodied babe. She leapt off of the stump and actually made a thump when she landed. I’m guessing she’s some kind of a trap door spider, but I really don’t know, and I’d like to be able to put a name on her. Could you help, please?
Signature: Gin, who likes golden orb weavers better

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

Dear Gin,
This is not a Trapdoor Spider.  It is a Wolf Spider, possibly a Carolina Wolf Spider,
Hogna carolinensis, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

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Subject: What is this spider?
Location: Mwandi, South Zambia
January 27, 2016 3:56 am
Hello bug people,
On a trip to Zambia in July last year, we encountered a phat spidr in the small town of Mwandi in Southern Zambia. We were wondering if you could identify it for us, we think it may be a wolf spider. Thanks very much.
Signature: Phat Spyda

Probably Wolf Spider

Probably Wolf Spider

Dear Phat Spyda,
We believe you are correct that this is a Wolf Spider in the family Lycosidae, but a dorsal view or a close-up of the eyes would aid in identification.  Your individual looks similar to this Wolf Spider from iSpot.

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Subject: Cockroach killer!!!
Location: Memphis, TN, USA
November 7, 2015 3:49 pm
Hi – can anyone identify this cockroach killing spider from Memphis, TN?
We think it’s probably a wolf spider from our google search.
Signature: Josh

Wolf Spider eats Cockroach

Wolf Spider eats Cockroach

Dear Josh,
We agree that this is a Wolf Spider.  Wolf Spiders do not build a web to snare prey.  They hunt without a web and they are often nocturnal, which makes them effective in controlling Cockroach populations.  We hope your image will cause more of our readers to have a tolerance and appreciation of harmless Wolf Spiders.

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Subject: What is this bug
Location: Northern Illinois, USA
September 21, 2015
Saw what appears to be a mother spider with tons of babies all over it, pretty big once I got close, can you tell me what kind it is?
Signature: Jbmanz

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Jbmanz,
This is a female Wolf Spider from the family Lycosidae with some spiderlings.  With future submissions, please use our standard form which can be found by clicking the Ask What’s That Bug? link on our site.

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Subject: I love this spider in PA
Location: Skippack, PA
August 30, 2015 6:36 pm
I saw the spider while I was out jogging and I have never seen anything like it. I am in Pennsylvania not far from Philadelphia, in the suburbs you may say near a wooded area. It looks like it was carrying babies.
Please could you help me identify please could you help me identify us it.
Signature: Chris

Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac

Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac

Hi Chris,
Female Wolf Spiders, like your individual, drag their egg sac behind them to protect it, and once the spiders hatch, the young spiderlings ride about on the body of the female spider for a few days before dispersing.

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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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