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Subject: Spider Identification
Location: Witbank, Mpumalanga, South Africa
May 5, 2017 10:58 am
Hi.
Found this little big man on my doorstep while sitting outside in the dark. Just caught my eye, needless to say I got a terrible fright!
His back seems to have a “smiley face” on.
Would love to know what’s it called and if poisonous, but I really doubt it.
Thank you
Nataly Oosthuizen
Witbank, Mpumalanga
South Africa
Signature: N Oosthuizen

Tarantula

Dear N Oosthuizen,
The best we are able to provide at this time is that this is a Tarantula, but we don’t know the species.  Tarantulas have venom but most are not aggressive and they are not considered a threat to humans.

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Subject: Spider in Costa Rica
Location: Pozos de Santa Ana, Costa Rica
May 4, 2017 7:02 pm
This spider is about the size of my thumb, and wandering about in our garage like it does not have a care in the world, or it just had its third martini. We have tarantulas, but I have not seen one (yet) with a white strip on its abdomen.
Signature: Family Pura Vida

Trapdoor Spider

Dear Family Pura Vida,
This is definitely a member of the infraorder Mygalomorphae, the group that contains primitive spiders including Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders.  It seems small for a Tarantula, so we are guessing this is a male Trapdoor Spider out searching for a mate.  We have an image in our archive of a male Trapdoor Spider from North Carolina with similar markings.

Trapdoor Spider

Perfect!  That is the same answer we got from a local source. Hebestatis lanthanus to be exact. We are relocating “him” from our house to a nice forest dwelling (with nice ground cover) nearby. Thank you!!!

Thanks so much for providing a species name for us.  We are linking to both FlickR and Arachids My Species that have images of Hebestatis lanthanus.

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Subject: Possible trapdoor spider?
Location: Eastern Kentucky
April 11, 2017 2:29 pm
I was pulling up clumps of ornamental grass from a raised bed and noticed a white “sack” that came up on the roots of one clump. There was a tear on one side of the sack and I could see a large, dark, shiny spider inside. While I was trying to figure out what to do about it, I noticed tiny spiders crawling out of the sack. (The second image shows them.) I’m assuming they were her babies. I left her there with the youngsters while I finished cleaning the raised bed. When I came back, she had crawled out of the nest and was walking across the deck. I encouraged her to move where she wouldn’t be stepped on and put the clump of grass and nest beside her. I went back later, but she was nowhere to be seen. I’ve checked the images here on whatsthatbug and I think she’s a trapdoor spider.
Signature: Kentucky Gin

Cork-Lid Trapdoor Spider

Dear Kentucky Gin,
We agree that this is a Trapdoor Spider, probably a female Cork-Lid Trapdoor Spider in the genus
Ummidia based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “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.”  Because of your gentle kindness in relocating this little lady, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Cork-Lid Trapdoor Spider with Spiderlings

Cork-Lid Trapdoor Spider

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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

Tarantula

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

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Subject: Found in home
Location: Jakarta Indonesia
March 5, 2017 6:35 am
Hi Bugman, i found the attached picture of the spider in my outside kitchen, wondering if it was a dangerous species and if it nests nearby as i have kids and want to be sure everything is safe.
Signature: Jawad

Trapdoor Spider

Dear Jawad,
This appears to us to be a Trapdoor Spider.  We have not had any luck matching your image to a specific species.  Trapdoor Spiders are harmless and they live in underground burrows.  Females rarely leave their underground burrow, but male spiders will travel in search of a mate.

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