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Subject: Hefty spider
Location: Kentucky
April 18, 2016 3:05 pm
I was turning dirt in the garden yesterday and this hefty spider ran out of the dirt, across my shoe and started up my pants leg. I shook her(?) out, caught her in a plastic container and moved her to a stump where she’d be out of the way and not get stepped on. Her body, counting legs, is wider than my thumb and as long. She’s a heavy bodied babe. She leapt off of the stump and actually made a thump when she landed. I’m guessing she’s some kind of a trap door spider, but I really don’t know, and I’d like to be able to put a name on her. Could you help, please?
Signature: Gin, who likes golden orb weavers better

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

Dear Gin,
This is not a Trapdoor Spider.  It is a Wolf Spider, possibly a Carolina Wolf Spider,
Hogna carolinensis, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: kentucky

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