Subject: Large Spider
Geographic location of the bug: Calca, Sacred Valley Peru
Time: 07:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Dear Bugman,
While at a yoga retreat in the Andes, this morning I was on my way to meditation practice and I saw this beauty right next to my shoes. Please tell me who it is, and if they may also enjoy morning meditation and asana practice.
How you want your letter signed: Melanie on the Irish Chain
Dear Melanie on the Irish Chain,
This sure looks like a harmless Wolf Spider to us. Wolf Spiders are hunting spiders that do not build a web to trap prey, so they are often found wandering at night in search of prey. A very similar looking Peruvian Wolf Spider can be found on the blog Spiders in Nature, but you need to scroll down to find it.