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Subject:  Spider Wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Omaha, Nebraska
Date: 08/29/2018
Time: 03:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I thought this was one bug when I saw it out the corner of my eye. Nope! It was a wasp carrying a big spider.
How you want your letter signed: Alissa Apel
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Spider Wasp with Prey

Dear Alissa,
Your images of a female Spider Wasp with her prey are awesome.  The Spider wasp is
 Entypus unifasciatus and the prey is likely a large Wolf Spider.

Spider Wasp with Prey

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Subject:  Spider Wasp: Entypus unifasciatus
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date: 08/22/2018
Time: 06:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Encountered this Spider wasp attempting to haul off his bounty today…wolf spider. A rather large wolf spider at that.
Respect for anything that takes care of these nasty spiders for me.
How you want your letter signed:  Stefanie

Spider Wasp with Prey

Dear Stefanie,
Only female Spider Wasps hunt for prey to feed the brood.  We agree your wasp is
Entypus unifasciatus, and according to BugGuide:  “Females dig a burrow that ends in a terminal chamber off of the side of a mammal burrow or large crack in the ground. The serrations on the hind tibiae are used to aid the movement of soil out of the burrow entrance. The position in which the egg is laid is unknown. Larvae feed on one large spider and, as in all Pompilids that have one generation per year, overwinter as pupae.”

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Subject:  South Louisiana Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  South Louisiana
Date: 03/25/2018
Time: 09:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found my dog barking  and observed it was a fairly large spider I have not seen before. Was curious to find out which it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Glenn D

Wolf Spider

Dear Glenn,
This looks to us like a harmless Wolf Spider in the family Lycosidae.

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Subject:  Identifying a spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Bloemfontein South Africa
Date: 01/12/2018
Time: 04:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Good day,
I found this spider in my house and just want to make sure my identification is correct, is the spider a wolf spider? And if so are they to be considered dangerous for humans?
Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Anonymous

Female Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

This is indeed a Wolf Spider.  She is a female with her brood of Spiderlings.  Wolf Spiders are considered harmless to humans.

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Subject —
Wolf or Trapdoor
Geographic location of the bug —
Montgomery, Al
Date: 09/28/2017
Time: 06:18 PM EDT
Hi: I am sending two pics of what I believe are the same spieces of spider. One of the spiders is, what I think to be, quite a unique color. I stupidly forgot to put a coin by that one, however, it was just slightly bigger than the second spider. Both spiders were discovered dead. One was being drug by a spider wasp. We have had a bumper crop of spiders this year. They seem to have exploded along with the record breaking rain in our area. Thank you for checking my photos and I am very curious about the one with the blue abdomen.
How you want your letter signed:  Kathy

Wolf Spider

Dear Kathy,
These are not Trapdoor Spiders, and we concur that they are probably Wolf Spiders and the same species or at least genus. 

Wolf Spider

Update Courtesy of a comment from Michael
Michael identified these as members of the Wolf Spider genus
Tigrosa, and based on this BugGuide image and this BugGuide image, we would grade his as Correct.

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Subject:  Wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Niagara Falls, Ontario
Date: 09/25/2017
Time: 12:06 PM EDT
What is this wasp dragging a spider across the deck? The iridescent blue wings and striped body, rusty colored legs and eyes are beautiful. It was very fast but I was able to get a very short video of it.
How you want your letter signed:  Dawn

Spider Wasp with Prey

Dear Dawn,
This is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae, and female members of the family hunt and paralyze Spider to feed to the developing brood.  Your species,
Tachypompilus ferrugineus, does not have a species specific common name.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults are often found taking nectar from flowers (Daucus, Pastinaca, and Eryngium). Females provision nests mainly with Lycosids” meaning the Spider in your image is most likely a Wolf Spider.

Spider Wasp and Prey

Thank you Daniel. It is extraordinary that you replied so quickly and it is much appreciated. I will write a short story for the Bert Miller Nature Club’s fall Rambler newsletter and give reference to What’s That Bug and the information you provided.
Sincerely,
Dawn Pierrynowski

Spider Wasp

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