Subject:  Mygalomorphae
Geographic location of the bug:  South Texas
Date: 07/08/2021
Time: 02:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found these two in a cup on my porch after returning from out of town after a few days. Someone told me they are mygalomorphae. My question is are they venomous/dangerous to man.
How you want your letter signed:  Dan

Trapdoor Spider

Dear Dan,
We suspect this might be a male Southwestern Trapdoor Spider,
Eucteniza relata, which is pictured on BugGuide, or a closely related species and then again, we may be wrong.  Perhaps one of our readers more skilled in arachnology will be able to identify the species.  According to BugGuide:  “Eutecniza males can be recognized by the presence of 1-2 mid-ventral megaspines on the tibia of both legs I and II” but we do not have the necessary skills to make that definitive identification.  Your amusing collection of Trapdoor Spiders, Longhorned Borer Beetles and Cockroaches is quite the still life.  Trapdoor Spiders may bite humans but they are not considered dangerous.

Location: South Texas

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