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Subject: Large black spider with a large single white spot
Location: Oak Island, NC
September 8, 2013 11:29 am
Found this near our water spigot in Oak Island, NC. Just curious what it is. It moves fairly quick and has a size of a walnut.
Signature: Amanda

Trapdoor Spider genus Ummidia

Cork-Lid Trapdoor Spider genus Ummidia

Dear Amanda,
We recognized your spider as a Trapdoor Spider, but we cannot recall seeing an individual with the white markings.  We searched the BugGuide archives of the genus
Ummidia and found this matching photo.  There is a comment on that posting that indicates it is not a dangerous spider, but it might bite if carelessly handled.  According to BugGuide, they:  “Dig tunnel in ground and seal with a silk-hinged lid. They hide under this lid and make forays out when prey is sensed, presumably by vibration. Males are often found wandering in late spring, presumably looking for mates.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Oak Island, North Carolina

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