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Subject:  Spider ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Claremore OK
Date: 07/05/2018
Time: 01:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please ID this spider.
How you want your letter signed:  Darlene Armstrong

Male Trapdoor Spider

Dear Darlene,
This is a male Trapdoor Spider in the genus
Ummidia, and here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  Male Trapdoor Spiders are generally sighted more often than females because females are more sedentary while males wander in search of a mate.

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Subject:  Usually I scream and run away like the girl I am but…
Geographic location of the bug:  Bothell, WA
Date: 05/28/2018
Time: 01:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I stuck around today to take pictures of this girl, I found while sweeping out a storage unit. She was under a pile of dead leaves, sticks and bird droppings. I assume she’s a she, I could be wrong but I am sure she won’t know. 🙂 I snapped a few pictures then left her alone. It’s what I would have wanted if I was a spider.
How you want your letter signed:  Perplexed In WA

Trapdoor Spider

Dear Perplexed in WA,
This Spider identification has been on our back burner since you sent it several days ago, but we have not had any luck identifying it other than that we know it is a Mygalomorph in the infraorderMygalomorphae.  Mygalomorphs are primitive spiders, and their members include Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders.  While Tarantulas are not found as far north as Washington, there are several different families of Mygalomorphs reported from Washington.  We have not successfully identified your Spider and we are continuing to search BugGuide.  The closest match we have found is on Insect Identification and it is identified as a member of the genus
Antrodiaetus.  We cannot confirm a species on BugGuide from the genus Antrodiaetus that matches the coloration on your individual, including the red cephalothorax and legs and darker abdomen.

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Subject:  tarantula
Geographic location of the bug:  Ecuadoran andes 30 miles west of Quito
Date: 04/02/2018
Time: 01:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  On a birding tour of Ecuador we found this beauty in the road. It’s about 4-5″ long. Any idea on Species?
How you want your letter signed:  BirderKate

Tarantula

Dear BirderKate,
Your individual resembles this FlickR image identified as being a member of the genus
Pamphobeteus.  We suspect the arachnophiles in our readership may write in with a confirmation or correction.

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Subject:  what is this thing??
Geographic location of the bug:  Eugene, Oregon
Date: 12/18/2017
Time: 02:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  just curious what the heck this thing is. It looks scary but I did end up letting it go, unharmed.
How you want your letter signed:  chris

Trapdoor Spider

Dear Chris,
We are sorry for the long delay.  Your original request arrived while our editorial staff was away from the office for several weeks and we were never able to respond to all the emails that arrived during our absence.  This is some species of Trapdoor Spider and it looks very similar to an individual we located in our own archives that we never identified more specifically.  It looks like it is most likely
Antrodiaetus pacificus which is pictured on BugGuide and which is reported from Oregon.

Sorry about that. I found it under an old wooden deck in my backyard. It was hiding in a small tunnel dug into the dirt, like a trap door spider. I live in Eugene, Oregon and this was spotted during the summer months.

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Subject:  Red Legged Purseweb Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  humble texas
Date: 02/02/2018
Time:  12:35 AM
Your letter to the bugman:  sir, I was going through my pic’s and vid’s and I found some more pictures and vid of the red legged purse spider I also found in humble Texas a few years ago like the red velvet And I released it on its way as to cause it no harm only to look at it and was amazed at the size of it and the what looked like massive fangs. i hope you can enjoy these items.
How you want your letter signed:  Mr David Mullins

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

Dear Mr David Mullins,
Thanks so much for sending your beautiful images of an endangered male Red Legged Purseweb Spider.

Red Legged Purseweb Spider

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Subject:  Large Hairy Spider (But Not a Wolf!)
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Fauquier County, VA
Date: 01/06/2018
Time: 09:59 AM EDT
We found this on June 25th, 2017, scuttling across my brother’s foot in my mother’s backyard. Fortunately he is a pretty laid-back guy, so no squealing or panic ensued, but we knew something was going on when mid-sentence he stopped talking and his eyes got as big as dinner plates.
My mother has have lived here for over 50 years (grew up right down the street) and when both she, myself and my brother were kids we practically lived outdoors and have never seen these. After this first sighting, my mother saw 3 or 4 more in pretty quick succession, so I would assume there is a breeding population if they’ve just moved to the area.
I didn’t take a measurement, but judging from the container from fang to rear the spider was about 3/4.” So not quite as long as the wolf spiders we have here, but this one was “fatter” and bulkier than the wolf. It was also very aggressive, lunging at the “poking stick” we employed and baring his very impressive fangs rather than run away or just stand it’s ground. Unfortunately you may only see the chelicera in the photo, not sure if the part you can see curling under is more of the chelicera or the fang, but the fangs were massive and very prominent and distinct from the chelicera. All in all, this spider generally looked like a tarantula without the hairy body.
I appreciate any help you can provide. We have searched several resources and have been unable to find this spider, either amongst indigenous or foreign species.
How you want your letter signed:  April

Trapdoor Spider

Dear April,
This is a Trapdoor Spider in the genus
Ummidia.  According to BugGuide:  “Virginia south to Florida, west to Arizona, also neotropics” though BugGuide data does include sightings from Ohio and Maryland as well.  According to BugGuide, these Trapdoor Spiders “Dig tunnel in ground and seal with a silk-hinged lid. They hide under this lid and make forays out when prey is sensed, presumably by vibration. Males are often found wandering in late spring, presumably looking for mates.”  Trapdoor Spiders and Tarantulas are classified together with other primitive Spiders in the infraorder Mygalomorphae.  Trapdoor Spiders are not considered dangerous to humans.

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