Subject: Huntsman?
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.
Signature: Kait

Wolf Spider:  Hogna coloradensis we believe

Wolf Spider: Hogna coloradensis we believe

Dear Kait,
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.”

Probably Hogna coloradensis, a Wolf Spider

Probably Hogna coloradensis, a Wolf Spider

Location: Moccasin, Arizona

5 Responses to Wolf Spider: Hogna coloradensis

  1. Vanessa says:

    What fantastic photos of a glorious spider! Very impressive.

  2. Claire says:

    Are those spines on its legs?

    • bugman says:

      Before responding, we wanted to verify that “spine” is the correct term for the features on the spider’s legs, and we found this information on the US National Library of Medicine site: “Some large spiders have relatively large spines on their legs and it was hypothesized that these may cause injury in some cases of suspected spider bite, and may account for “splinters” uncommonly seen at bite sites. “

      • Claire says:

        Thanks for doing that! I sincerely love your work on this website. It’s cool that I used the right terminology (if by accident)!

  3. Hi!

    A little known fact.
    Spiders live in burrows, are dangerous to cows.
    When cows eating spiders, along with grass, there is an injury in the intestines of cattle.

    Thank you

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