Male California Trapdoor Spider appears after Rain

Subject: Trap door?
Location: Oceanside CA
September 21, 2016 9:27 pm
Bug man think I got a trap door. What do you think?
Oceanside after the rain..
Signature: Chainsaw

Male California Trapdoor Spider
Male California Trapdoor Spider

Dear Chainsaw,
This is indeed a male California Trapdoor Spider and it appeared right on schedule, though your September rain was rather unseasonal in Southern California.  It will be interesting to see how changes in our weather patterns will affect populations of native species.  Male California Trapdoor Spiders wander in search of mates after the first rains of the season.

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