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Subject: Weird little red dude
Location: Portland, oregon
March 25, 2017 6:47 pm
I live in Portland Oregon and today I spotted this little dude outside trying to crawl into the garage. I’d say he was the size of a dime.
Can’t figure out what he is!
Signature: Sarah

Woodlouse Hunter

Dear Sarah,
This BugGuide image is nearly identical to your Woodlouse Hunter,
Dysdera crocata, is “The only member of the family in NA” according to BugGuide.  BugGuide also notes:  “Introduced to North America and widely distributed in the Neartic” and “Primary prey is isopods; hence the large chelicerae and fangs.”

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Subject: Strange Bug
Location: Burlingame, CA, USA
March 25, 2017 10:18 am
Hello WTB!
I live in Burlingame, CA (near San Francisco) and I was trying to identify this bug on your web site but I haven’t been able to find it. At first I thought it was a spider. However, it has only six legs. The front two appendages don’t seem to be legs, but seemed to be antennae or maybe some sort of stinger. This bug was very aware of me, and as I got close to it, it would point its front antennae at me menacingly, which is why I thought they might be a stinger. Any clue as to what this might be? Thanks!
Signature: JM

Jumping Spider

Dear JM,
This is in fact a Spider and what you have mistaken for antennae are the first pair of legs on this Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  Jumping Spiders do not build webs to snare prey.  Rather they pounce on prey, often from a considerable distance, and they are such adept hunters because of their excellent eyesight.  We will attempt a species identification for you.

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Subject: A spider I’ve never seen before
Location: Uruguay
March 25, 2017 6:03 am
I took this picture yesterday at my place, nobody here seems to know what kind of spider it is.
Signature: Luchi

Silver Argiope

Dear Luchi,
This harmless Orbweaver is a Silver Argiope,
Argiope argentata, a species that ranges from North America, through Central America and into South America.

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Subject: Large Spinder
Location: Alvin, Texas
March 23, 2017 8:40 pm
We found this large spider on the front porch eating dinner. Then shortly found what we belive to be the father carrying the eggs on his back. Not sure what it is… if you could please help us identify them that would be cool.
Gulf Coast region
March – early spring
Warm outside
Signature: Robin Kralovetz

Female Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Robin,
The second Spider is a female Wolf Spider and she is carrying Spiderlings, not eggs.  Thanks so much for including the penny for scale as it provides a sense of the difference between the sizes of these two spiders.  The Spider with its prey is a much larger individual.  The carapace looks to us to resemble that of a Fishing Spider (see this BugGuide image) in the genus
Dolomedes rather than a Wolf Spider and Fishing Spiders are larger.  Wolf Spiders in the family Lycosidae and Fishing Spiders in the family Pisauridae are both hunting spiders that do not build webs to snare prey.  We may be wrong, bug we believe the larger spider is a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes.  The prey appears to be a Scarab Beetle.

Fishing Spider eats Scarab Beetle

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Ed. Note:  March 22, 2017
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Subject: Trapdoor Spider?
Location: North of Tucson, Arizona, USA
March 19, 2017 6:58 pm
She wasn’t too happy to be shoveled out of my garden while I was pulling up weeds and turning soil.
She was clinging to a strip of silk “fabric”, so I’m guessing she’s a trapdoor spider? I’ve never seen one outside one of their holes before.
Signature: Ema

Trapdoor Spider

Dear Ema,
We love digging up critters in the garden.  Earlier this year, we were pulling out weeds and we discovered a California Slender Salamander.  We agree this is a female Trapdoor Spider.  We will attempt to identify the species.  Though the face is not showing on your individual, it resembles this Red Moustached Trapdoor Spider on Arachnoboards.  This might be a member of the genus
Ummidia as pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Huge spider
Location: Akumal near the beach and next to the jungle
March 11, 2017 7:28 pm
Found this in our bedroom tonight in Akumal, Mexico after a rainy day.
Signature: Lisa


Dear Lisa,
This sure looks like a Tarantula to us.

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