Subject: running on a trail
Location: Santa Rosa, California
April 1, 2014 7:10 pm
I was running on a trail in Southern California and came across this…… bug spider guy/gal. I stopped and noticed it was actually being attacked by an army of ants. Never seeing a spider this big in California I decided to pick it up with a stick. I managed to get the ants off and relocate the creature to a safer location.
This beautiful spider is a Trapdoor Spider, but we are not certain of the genus or species. It looks very similar to this Aptostichus stanfordianus that is pictured on BugGuide.
Thank you! It was quite beautiful and intriguing.
WE forgot to tag your posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award for rescuing this Trapdoor Spider from the Ants.