Subject: California trapdoor?
January 1, 2014 7:07 pm
Howdy! I was rollerblading along a trail by my house and I saw this big guy stomping his way across the path. I skidded to a hault and he did too. Being a spider lover, I took some pictures. Afterwards I scooped him up and set him on the other side of the trail. When I got home the only thing that I could find that looks anything like him was a California trapdoor spider. I think he is quite a jog from his home, but after doing some research it appears that there have been other sightings of this spider in Washington. I love your website, and I hope the pictures help you identify the dude.
While this is a Trapdoor Spider, it is a different species than the California Trapdoor Spider. We found a very good match to a female Folding Door Trapdoor Spider, Antrodiaetus pacificus, that is posted to BugGuide. There is no additional information on this species on BugGuide. We believe it is unusual to find a female Trapdoor Spider roaming. The females which are more long lived are usually sedentary, and the shorter lived males are the ones that wander in search of a mate.