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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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Subject: Idaho Spider
Location: Boise Idaho
July 14, 2015 8:27 pm
Hi, my girls and I found this big spider in our closet under the stairs and we can’t work out what kind it is, can you help us to identify it and whether it is a beneficial or a pest species. The body was about an inch and the total size was 2.5 inches.
Thankyou
Signature: Graeme, Alex, Bella & Ana

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

Dear Graeme, Alex, Bella & Ana,
This beautiful spider looks like a Wolf Spider, and Wolf Spiders are not considered to be either dangerous or aggressive, however a large individual, and this is a large individual, might bite if carelessly handled.  We would recommend relocation if possible.  You can capture the spider in an overturned glass and slip a post card or other rigid, flat surface under the glass and then safely transport the spider outdoors.

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Subject: Kukulcania Hibernalis question
Location: South central Virginia
May 24, 2015 9:49 am
I saw this on the side of the house. I believe it’s a Kukulcania Hibernalis, the southern house spider. Do you know if the female carries its young on its back? Or is this a wolf spider? Thanks!
Signature: Nina Eagle

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Nina,
This maternal behavior is characteristic of Wolf Spiders in the family Lycosidae.  Alas, we cannot tell you to which species she belongs.

wolf Spider with Spiderlings

wolf Spider with Spiderlings

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Subject: Huntsman?
Location: Moccasin, AZ (Northern AZ Strip)
May 1, 2015 4:47 pm
Hey buggy person! In case the first picture didn’t go through, here’s a smaller resize. Found this big guy in Pipe Spring National Monument, near Moccasin, AZ on the Arizona Strip.
Signature: Kait

Wolf Spider:  Hogna coloradensis we believe

Wolf Spider: Hogna coloradensis we believe

Dear Kait,
This is one spectacular looking spider.  It is not a Huntsman Spider.  You can tell by the eye arrangement on your excellent image that it is a Wolf Spider.  We believe, based on this BugGuide image, that your spider is Hogna coloradensis.  According to BugGuide:  “Range Mostly CO & NM, and also just across the border into AZ & TX. There are old notes of it being found in KS & NE, but those specimens couldn’t be verified.  Habitat A dominant species found in sandy environments of New Mexico.  Remarks  This species creates a burrow (no turret) and may use small rocks/debris to close the burrow entrance.”

Probably Hogna coloradensis, a Wolf Spider

Probably Hogna coloradensis, a Wolf Spider

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Subject: Wolf Spider
Location: Ohio, United States
April 30, 2015 1:16 am
I came across this beauty today that I believe to be an H. lenta. She was carrying an egg sack with her. I’m very curious to see the spiderlings and the mother’s care, so I set up a large escape proof terrarium to watch her in for a bit. Confirmation on her species would be well appreciated.
Signature: SillyToadGirl (Lexi)

Wolf Spider with Egg Sac

Wolf Spider with Egg Sac

Hi Lexi,
The manner with which the female Wolf Spider transports her egg sac is quite characteristic, dragging it about from her spinnerets, so your family identification is definitely correct.  According to BugGuide,
Hogna lenta is found in Ohio, so the species is a possibility, but we cannot be certain.  Perhaps one of our readers can confirm the species identity for you.

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Subject: Spider ID
Location: Salisbury NC
March 20, 2015 11:20 am
Hi,
I have been trying to ID this spider without any luck.
This was taken in Salisbury NC. in Sept 2014.
This was the only picture I could get because it was a fast spider, and was gone in a few seconds.
Thanks for any help.
Signature: David

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

Dear David,
This looks like some species of Wolf Spider to us based on the eye arrangement.  You can see a nice image of the eye pattern of a Wolf Spider on Animals Time where it states:  “Wolf spiders do not spin webs. They are known to run very fast. Wolf spiders usually hunt at night.” 

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