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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.

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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!
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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.

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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

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Subject: Spider Identification
Location: 40.0911300,-79.5890170
March 2, 2017 11:39 am
Found in Everson Pennsylvania late February of 2017. The weather was warmer (58-63 degrees F). It was on an outside screen door.
Signature: Tiffany Lint

Wolf Spider

Dear Tiffany,
We believe your Wolf Spider is in the genus
Hogna, possibly Hogna baltimoriana which is described on BugGuide as being:  “Sternum black, chelicerae dark reddish to black. Abdomen yellowish with 5 or 6 chevrons posteriorly. Heart mark brown. Venter black posterior to the genital groove, patellae and coxae dark ventrally. Carapace lacks pale median and submarginal bands.”  This BugGuide image looks somewhat similar to your individual.

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Subject: Funky disco boots Spider Karijini
Location: Karijini, North West Western Australia
December 6, 2016 6:08 am
Camping one night in the out back in WA we pitched up next to a cool spider. this guy lived in a hole about 20mm diameter. When he plucked up the courage he sat out, on top of his hole guarding it like a bouncer at flares, he was out in the evening and had a really vibrant party suit on. white and orange legs and a snow white body.
Any ideas?
curious to find out and haven’t seen anything similar before nor after.
Signature: Tim

Wolf Spider

Desert Wolf Spider

Dear Tim,
We have one previous submission in our archives of a Desert Wolf Spider,
Hoggicosa bicolor, from Western Australia, but that individual is much more yellow than your individual.  There is also an excellent image on FlickR where it states:  “Hoggicosa bicolor is arguably one of the most spectacular wolf spiders in Australia. It is fairly common in the arid zone and can be found in WA, NT, SA, Qld and western NSW. This photograph shows a penultimate male, and as all other Hoggicosa, the male will turn drab with the final moult (see the other photo of a male H. bicolor in this set).”

Thanks Daniel,
Really interested to find out.
Tim Barlow

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