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Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Cordes-Sur-Ciel, Southern France
Date: 09/19/2017
Time: 01:21 AM EDT
Hi Mr Bugman,
I saw this on my patio yesterday, I’ve never seen anything like it. A friend tells me it is a Wolf spider, carrying her babies, is this correct?
Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  Curly

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Curly,
Your friend is correct.  This is a female Wolf Spider with her brood of spiderlings.

Subject: Joshua Tree Spider
Location: Joshua Tree, CA
July 25, 2017 5:25 pm
Please help me identify this greyish spider that’s about the size of an open hand.
Signature: Matt

Wolf Spider

Dear Matt,
This looks like a large Wolf Spider, but we are not certain of the genus or species.  Wolf Spiders are hunting spiders that do not build webs.  Despite their large size, they are harmless.  We are going to attempt to contact Mandy Howe to see if she can provide a species identification.

Subject: Spider Wasp
Location: Near Pittsburgh PA
July 11, 2017 4:51 am
I’m pretty sure this a spider wasp (Pompilidae) of some sort, but I hope that you can tell what variety.
Signature: Terry M

Spider Wasp with Prey

Dear Terry,
Based on BugGuide images, we are pretty confident your Spider Wasp is
Tachypompilus ferrugineus, and of the genus, BugGuide states:  “Adults are often found taking nectar from flowers (Daucus, Pastinaca, and Eryngium). Females provision nests mainly with Lycosids.”  Based on that information, the prey is most likely a Wolf Spider.

Subject: What is this spider?
Location: Aiken, SC
July 9, 2017 2:10 pm
I suffer from extreme arachnophobia. My husband sent me this picture of a spider living in our storage building. My first instinct was to tell him to kill it with fire; but cooler heads prevailed and he just left it alone. I’m afraid that it is venomous and will have lots of little venomous babies in our building and the building and everything in it will have to be transferred to the ownership of the spider.
Signature: Arachnophobe Angie

Wolf Spider

Dear Angie,
This is a Wolf Spider, and we suppose it would make no difference to an arachnophobe, but Wolf Spiders are not considered dangerous to humans.  They are hunting spiders that do not build webs, so it is doubtful it will remain in one location very long.

Thank you so much for your reply! Although I am still terrified of it, it’s great to know it’s not actually a danger.
Thank you again!

Subject: Huntsman Spider?
Location: Nashville, TN
June 29, 2017 9:02 pm
Just curious if this is a huntsman spider
Signature: Spider Identification

Fishing Spider, we believe

Your image detail is not ideal for exact species identification, but we are certain that this is NOT a Huntsman Spider.  We believe it is a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes, but we would not rule out that it might be a Wolf Spider like this Thin-Legged Wolf Spider pictured on BugGuide.

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