Subject: Southwestern Spider
Location: Phoenix Arizona Metro
January 17, 2016 7:56 pm
Somebody found this spider in a pool filter in Arizona and it doesn’t resemble anything we have seen here before.
We believe this Trapdoor Spider is most likely a male in the genus Ummidia. With winter rains, male Trapdoor Spiders wander in search of a mate a frequently fall into pools. Compare your image, which is most likely swollen with water after drowning, to this BugGuide image.
Thank you for your response. I agree with your assessment that this critter had been submerged for a while, making it difficult to identify.
Seems ironic that a lot of humanoid males also wander into pools in search of a mate.