Trapdoor spider in Maryland?
Hi – can you please identify this spider for me? We live in Maryland, and a large spider has recently dug a burrow under our path in which, or near which, it spends time lurking. The burrow is about an inch or more in diameter. I’d assumed it was a trapdoor spider, but there as there is no actual door to the burrow I’m not 100% sure. Beautiful spider though – it seems to have surprising good vision (for a spider) as it noticed me even though I was several feet away and keeping still waiting for it to come out for its picture. Thanks in advance,
cheers,
Dave.

Hi Dave,
We are relatively certain this is a Burrowing Wolf Spider in the genus Geolycosa. These spiders dig vertical burrows up to several feet deep in sandy soil.

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