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.
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.”