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Spider Photos - Wolf Spiders

Here's some photos sent in by viewers.  There are several types of wolf spiders and I have tried to group them accordingly below. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section.
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Argiopes/St. Andrew's Cross Barn Funnel Weaving Spider Basilica  Spiders
Bird Dropping Spiders Black House Spiders Bolas Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders Candy Stripe Spiders Common House Spider
Crab Spiders Cyclosa Conica Daddy Long Legs
Daring Jumping Spiders Fishing Spiders Funnel Web (Aus)
Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers Giant House Spider
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Wandering Spiders

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Widow Spiders
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OTHER WOLF SPIDERS (7)

The surest way to recognize a wolf spider is by the general stout body shape, the eye arrangement and by the fact that they are usually not in a web. Their general body shape is somewhat stout with the cephalothorax and abdomen of about equal sizes. The legs also are stout, fairly even in length and strong enough to support the spiders weight. The legs can be compared to those of many web building spiders whose legs are much longer and thinner. In wolf spiders, the anterior eyes are made up of 4 small eyes in a row, and the posterior eyes are 4 large eyes arranged in two rows. From a front view, you can see a row of 4 small anterior eyes with two larger eyes above them and 2 eyes further back on the head. The large eyes are significant in their behaviour: wolf spiders do have good eyesight (especially for spiders) and use vision fairly extensively for prey capture, courtship and aggressive interactions. The posterior eyes give the spiders vision above them and behind them and are significant in avoiding predation or capture.

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Reply: No it looks more like a wolf spider of some sort.
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Reply: That is a wolf spider, species Hogna helluo, a benign species. [One major factor in distinguishing wolf and fishing spiders apart is the length of the legs. Compare this one's stubby legs with the spiders from Billy Brown ( Oct 13 ) and "Scott from South NJ"--both of which have much longer legs in relation to their body ( abdomen + cepthalothorax ) size. You can also tell fishing spiders from Tegeneria house spiders and Agelenopsis grass spiders by the legs. In grass and house spiders,  the legs become very very spindly and thin towards the end, whereas fishing spiders' legs remain stout and strong throughout their length.]  Nathan
16 October, 2006:
I believe this is a Wolf Spider but I don't see them this large. This was found on the outside of our brick home in Virginia (Near Washington DC.) It was found about two days ago. Would you be able to assist in the identification of it? Many Thanks,
The Scotts.

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22 October, 2006:
Can you please tell me anything about this spider , i have alot of spiders around here and they scare the sh*& out of me . Any information would be appreciated.

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8 October, 2006:
And a couple more for you,
Eddie

 

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8 October, 2006:
Hi, I found this spider in my kitchen. I'm assuming after looking through your website it's a wolf spider? Feel free to post.
 

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16 September, 2006:
Glen, I managed to get some great shots these last few days of some Wolf Spiders. Hope you can use them!
- Jason

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15 September, 2006:
I think this is a wolf spider?? We live near Rapid city SD. Are they poisonous? I found it out under a water trough for the ducks in the grass. Virginia
 

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8 September, 2006:
Dear Glen, I'm so glad your web site is so thorough. I've brought myself a good
amount of peace researching the difference between the fake black widow vs. the real thing, and also, I feel I have a good handle on what a brown recluse looks like. It all makes me less nervous to clean out my
basement. Here are some photos of my encounters.  Second, what I think is a wolf spider (camera shy). Thanks for the education, Neela

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6 September, 2006:
Looking at your chart it looks similar to a few of the spiders. I have these in my house and I always seem to see them running across the floor. They are pretty big as well. Thanks in advance!
~Chris

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5 September, 2006:
Hi Glen I found your website while trying to identify a very large spider (100_0175) I found on my garage. It looks like some of the wolf spiders on the site but do they actually get this big? This one was appr. 7-8 inches from tip of leg to opposite tip of leg... The second (100_0175)is a spider I found inside my house including legs it was about the size of a silver dollar, I'm not sure what kind it is... If you could let me know It may put me at ease, at least if it's not poisonous... Thanks, Stacy, Mayhill New Mexico

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30 August, 2006:
My brother keeps insisting I send these shots to you. I found a mama wolf spider with brood in my garage and had to take a photo. It seems that when photography becomes a hobbit, the wonders of nature can't simply be enjoyed, they must be preserved for all time. Enjoy the photos.

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29 August, 2006:
Hi Glen, I found this spider in my pool, or should I say on my pool as it was actually walking along the surface of the water. I live in Clearwater , Florida and after some investigation on the web I suspect this to be a wolf spider. I am not exactly sure what type of wolf spider it is though. Any ideas as to what type this may be? The spider is roughly 1 inch long in body size and about 2 inches from tip of one leg to the opposing leg tip. Itsí eyes are configured as two large eyes in the middle and two slightly smaller eyes just above and slightly wider apart than the two larger ones. Below the two larger eyes is a row of 4 eyes running horizontally with the middle two being slightly larger then the two outer ones. The two black fangs below itsí eyes are quite large and leads me to believe that it would be quite painful to be bitten by this spider.  When we found it, she had dozens of baby spiders on her back however many appear to be gone now. I am not sure if those round egg shaped things that remain on her back are little spiders as well. My wife is deathly afraid of spiders as well as about any other type of critter and wants me to kill it. I donít think itís dangerous but I have two small children and donít want them to get bitten. We usually find at least one spider of this size per week in our pool however most are dead when we do find them. This is the first one we seen with babies on itsí back! We usually find them in the morning. I suspect they come out at night and get trapped in the pool when hunting along the edge. The pictures I have attached are the best ones I could get with it being in a plastic container. Feel free to post them on your web site.
Thanks. Mark

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29 August, 2006:
Can you ID this spider for me, please? I am guessing a wolf spider, but with hundreds on the list...... I am a bit lost. I love in Spain, near the Ebro delta (between Barcelona and Valencia.) The area here is dry, lime stone rocks, oak, carob and olive trees, lots of grasses. the spider (body) was about 2 1/2cm long, dark brown- and hairy. Hope you can help. I am posting it on flickr- and so far no one has ID'd it. Greetings from Spain
 Marie-Louise

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18 August, 2006:
I recentlly caught a spider in my house and photographed it I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of spider it is. I live in the southwestern united states and I did some resaerch and believe it is some sort of wolf spider but am not sure. You can use any of these photos on your website.
Thanks,
Will

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6 August, 2006:
I found this in the road by my house today ----- I don't know what it is ???

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16 July, 2006:
I came across this Wolf Spider with babies in late July 2006 as I was moving rocks in my back yard in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is about 2.5 inches from leg tip to leg tip. Much to my wife's dismay, we frequently see these around our yard. I tell her they don't have any interest in her, just bugs. It doesn't help. You can use this picture on your web site if you like. Thanks for the great info on spiders! Darrel

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16 July, 2006:
Thank you

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9 July, 2006:
Hi, I have 3 Spiders. Their is 2 Baby Spiders, I don't know what kind ? I was wondering if you can tell me what kind the 2 baby spiders are ? I think one Baby Spider is a Wolf Spider. Would you please put the 3 spiders on your web sight? Email me back please when you get my email. I have one wolf mama spider , baby wolf spider if it is a baby wolf spider so you can put it on your wolf spider pictures sight. I love your Web sight. 1 picture would be a baby spider, looks like a wolf spider. 2 picture would be a mama wolf spider. Thanks By: Renay

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Reply: I think its a wolf spider

5 July
, 2006:
Hi again Glen! I swear I'm not hunting for these spiders! They are literally coming out of everywhere in our newly built home. This one crawled out in front of my husband who is usually not jumpy but it scared the daylights out of him. We sprayed it and then I felt bad b/c it is a very interesting spider. Is it a Wolf or a Tarantula?  

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27 June, 2006:
I do not know anything about spiders. I know you can't always tell from a picture. Can you point me in the right direction? I see some similarities with a Fishing Spider. I notice in all the pictures I see that most spiders have a smooth body. This one was very bumpy almost like it had growths on its back. You will notice the bumps have a faded yellow or off white color to them. I live in Southern, CA and do not get to see many cool spiders. This one was awesome looking. It looked mean so it was probably harmless.

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18 June, 2006:
Hi We found this spider in our yard in Weare NH. Any idea what it might be. It was approximately the size of a half dollar. Thanks Laura

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13 June, 2006:
Found 2 of these under rocks by our pond, both were carrying what looked like egg sacs, one had many babies on its back. they look like the wolf spiders on your site, but would like confirmation if you can. The babies on the back look very young, legs are still clear. Are these dangerous?
thank you for any help.
Doug

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9 June, 2006:
Hello Glen,
Here are two pictures from me. I am not sure if they are good enough for your site. You are welcome to publish them.
Have a great day,
Julia

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9 June, 2006:
A friend just sent me this. We live in Omaha, Nebraska. I thought it is probably a wolf spider, what do you think?
dan

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3 June, 2006:
I came across this spider in my yard yesterday. I believe it's a female wolf spider. I rarely see one this large and healthy so I took photos and thought I'd share with others. I'm about 40 miles south of Houtson, TX (USA) but I know these spiders are relalatively common throughout the US.

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27 April, 2006:
Hello, This is "Molly". She lives in my window and has a sticky web. She is not shy and is often out during the day. I am concerned she is not getting enough food in her web and wondering if there is anything I can do to assist. I am also wondering if she is a type of wolf spider? I live in the city of Southern California. p.s. It really angers me to hear of people flushing nice spiders. Lynn

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12 April, 2006:
Glen, A very wonderful, educational site. Here are a couple of photos to share with your class. Could you please settle and argument with my coworkers. Most of us believe this to be a wolf spider, while two others claim it to be a brown recluse. We are located in middle Georgia near Macon, south of Atlanta, could your please help us settle the score. Thanks, Tommy

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6 April, 2006:
Hi, I am not really an expert on spiders, but htis one lookedlike a wolf kind to me, any way you could help me identify it. I live in south  Florida. I found it sitting in the middle of my living room.

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14 March 2006:
Found this spider at about 3am in the kitchen. I'm from Charlotte, NC.  I'm hoping this is a funnel weaver spider, but from comparing it to the  photos on your website it looks like a wolf. I'd say it might be an inch  long if it were stretched out from leg to leg. Saw one of these a while  ago but didn't get a pic. You've got a great website. Thanks. Matthew

Reply: I'd say this is definitely a wolf spider.

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7 March 2006:
Hey Glen, Here are the pictures of the beautiful wolf spider my sister found in the back yard. She freaked out, but I was glad she told me so that I could take some pictures. What are the chances that you get to see this? It was pretty cool. The spider was kind of shy... but the grasshopper was really scared and would barely move. It was kind of funny. Anyway, you can zoom in on the pics and get some really good detail. Enjoy! -Deborah

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20 February, 2006:
Hello, This is "Molly". She lives in my window and has a sticky web. She is not shy and is often out during the day. I am concerned she is not getting enough food in her web and wondering if there is anything I can do to assist. I am also wondering if she is a type of wolf spider? I live in the city of Southern California. p.s. It really angers me to hear of people flushing nice spiders. Lynn

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1 February, 2006:
Hello, We found this wolf spider on our front stoop back in August. She was eating the dead spider (shown in the jar) when we found her. I had speculated she had just mated with the dead spider and had then killed him. She's still alive in captivity eating well on a supply of crickets. The odd thing about her is shortly after we put her in her new home she created a web ball. I assume it was an egg sack. She abandoned this after a couple weeks. Then about a month ago she created a new web ball and carries it around with her. She had not been with any other spiders so we wondered if it's a false pregnancy or if she could be pregnant after all these months. Randy Bachmann , Turner Junction, IL

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25 January, 2006:
We found this guy sitting on our patio. Not sure what kind and how dangerous it may be. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, -R & J

 

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15 January, 2006:
 
We found another one in our garageÖ
Have a great Sunday,
Julia B yriel

 

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12 January, 2006:
This Wolf Spider can scare his victims to death!

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28 Dec, 2005:
G'day Glen
Found this on the front verandah tonight. Comparing with shots on your site it could be a wolf spider with babies.

Kathie Elborne
Gold Coast Queensland Australia
28 December 2005

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10 Dec, 2005:
Being an arachnophobic, I was surprised to see this run out from under a brick I was lifting. I live in Michigan , North of the Saginaw Valley . I have looked through your website but want to identify this positive. Is it a Wolf Spider and should we be concerned that there are more that we need to exterminate near our home. We have young children and I have read that they do biteÖ the spiders that is. Thanks for your help.
Todd E. Rodgers

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11 Oct, 2005:
Hi Glen,  This spider was found outside my Mom's house late last June. My Mom lives in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Do you know what kind of spider it is? Someone told me it's probably a wolf spider... Great website! Thanks,  Christina, St. Paul, Minnesota

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7 Oct, 2005:
Spider in Michigan/hope you can see this one! He's pretty ulgy!

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5 Oct, 2005:
Hello Glen,
Enclosed find a picture of a wolf spider carrying her babies on her back sitting in our garage. You are very welcome to use it for your beautiful webpage.
Have a great day,
Best regards
Julia Byriel

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30 Sept, 2005:
Hello my name is Will and I recently found a rather large spider outside of my house in North Carolina. I believe that it might be a wolf spider but am unsure. Please help me identify the spiders. Here are two pics of one with babies and a smaller one. Feel free to use these pics. Please respond to superfloater101@aol.com.
Thank you,
Will
 

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28 Sept, 2005:
Glenda, I finally got around to getting my picture downloaded off my camera.
I've attached it to this message. Hopefully you have seen this type of  spider before.
 Thanks again, --Rick

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28 Sept, 2005:
Hi, I live in West Portsmouth, Ohio. I am terribly afraid of spiders. Upon finding some very strange spiders, which I might add I have never seen around here, I found out that we have male red-backs and some kind of jeweled spider. Well this morning I saw a huge spider and cannot find any information about it. Can you help me. These are the pictures that I took of it. Thank you, Sarah Carver

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24 Sept, 2005:
Wolf Spider Takes Moth -Rich Swanner

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12 Sept, 2005:
Hi Glen, It's me again with a spider question. I would like to know if you can ID this spider. And also, tell me if she poisonous. I searched your site, but I couldn't find this spider. My daughter, Jordan, found this spider on our sidewalk. When she saw this rather large spider, she ran into the house and got me.
When I saw the spider, I sent Jordan to get our camera and a large plastic cup to catch the spider.  We have found using a large plastic cup an easy way to catch spiders and then release them.  This is the first time we have encountered this spider. The first two pictures are of the spider with her babies taking a ride on her abdomen. To our amazement, we couldn't tell there were babies on her! The second picture is where the babies scattered when I accidentally hit the cup with the camera and frightened them.
What an exciting sight that was to see! She is a pretty cool looking spider! My husband, Rob, released the spider with her babies
near a woodpile that we have beside our sinkhole. Thanks again for your help,
Christie Stewart, Murfreesboro, TN. USA

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7 Sept, 2005:
Hi,
I have what looks like a momma Wolf spider with a huge egg sack. The spider is brown and measures about 4" across and the sack is about 3/4" to 1" and papery looking. She has been there a few months now. How long till there are baby spiders? Do I have to worry about them getting in my house? The windows are new and seal pretty well I have even locked them. I would hate to kill her

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Reply: This is a female wolf spider with babies.

1 August, 2005:
What spider does this look like? Found it in San Diego, CA in a warehouse.

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23 August, 2005:
My husband found this spider (about a inch long body/two inchs with legs extended)out front of our house in Vista California just walking across our front walk way. I have looked at a few of the pictures on your web page and I am pretty sure its an immature male or a female Wolf Spider, I just wanted to make sure. We have decided to keep it and named it Aragog lol.I love spiders and just adore your site.A great job on everything!! Thank you so much if you get a chance to respond! P.S Please feel free to post if you would like ; )~
Sharleen Ploudre

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16 August, 2005:
Hello, How are you? Your site was very informative and a big help. I believe this may be a Wolf Spider.. any thoughts? I found it in the basement cruising around. I live in North East Pennsylvania. Any info would greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
LOU

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13 August, 2005:
Dear glen
Please can you put this image of a trochosa ruricola(wolf spider)(lycosidae) on your web site yours sinscerely
Elias
Care for spiders YEH!!!!!!!!!! your web rules visit my site not finnished
www.spiders.uni.cc
guestbooks finnished ok

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Reply: This looks like a wolf spider.
6 August, 2005:
Okay I found this lovely spider in my kitchen at 1 in the morning!  I thought you could add it to your collection if you wanted to, but I
would really like to know what it is.  I have NEVER seen a spider  this big! I screamed so loud that my neighbor came over in her PJ's  to ask what was the trouble. I am so scared of these things. Thanks  to my handy dandy Hot Shot Killer it did the job in about 30  seconds! I guesstimate that he is about 2 inches long from leg to  leg. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

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20 July, 2005:
Hi Glen, I live in Florida and find these spiders in my home. I usually find them a lot smaller and they are usually dead because I have an exterminator. This one was quite larger though. Can you please identify and let me know if it may be harmful? Thanks.

 

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19 July, 2005:
Glen:
Is this a wolf spider?
We found him by our front door in Parker CO, USA.


Thanks,
Mike

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13 July, 2005:
Hi, I catch spiders. On October 2004, I saw and took a picture of this Female Adult Wolf Spider carried her wolf spiders babies on her back. Can you put this on your web sight?
Please Email me Back tell me what you think?  Thanks have a nice day, By:

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11 July, 2005:
Hello! I was wondering if could help me identify this spider I saw outside of our house last night. It is perhaps the biggest spider I've ever seen. We live in Indiana and there aren't a whole lot of big spiders around here! So, needless to say.....this guy/girl gave me quite a shock!!! The picture doesn't do it justice. I looked on your "Common spiders in the US" but I didn't seem to find it on there. But it did make me feel better because there are some that are even more huge than I would have imagined!!! They make mine look like a cute, little puppy.
Thanks!
Ann Daniel
West Lafayette, Indiana
United States

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9 July, 2005:
Hi, saw your site on the web. just ran into this little lady the other nite - with 100's of babies on her back! she was about the size of a silver dollar from foot to foot. is she a wolf spider? this was in northern virginia, USA
wish i could have gotten a better picture. the photo is while we had her in a wine glass for safe transport out to the garden! --  thanx,
fish

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5 July, 2005:
Hi Glen,  These are pictures of the 4th Wolf spider I have seen crawling on my lanai screen since Friday! Same exact area too! At first I wasnít concerned until I saw on your site that they are dangerous! I have cats who like to bat at the screen when they see bugs and stick there noses up to anything crawling! Can these things be lethal to a pet? I read on the site that ďNo human has died from the bite of the Wolf Spider but a fully grown Labrador can die in a few hours after being bitten by a Wolf Spider.Ē  When I called my bug man first thing he said was that they arenít poisonous, dangerous or whatever! I told him to do some research! Thought you might like the pictures!!!!
Thanks,
Angie

2 July, 2005:
Hello,  I live in Cape Coral Florida and found this outside my lanai today!  I have looked through all the pictures and am not sure which one it might be! Could you help please? Thank you,
Angie

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13 June, 2005:
Hi again, Glen, Thanks for your reply! Oddly enough, I was mowing the lawn this
afternoon and came upon THIS spider! Last summer was the first time  I'd seen one with babies emerging from the sack. This is the first  time I've seen one where they've all come out and the sack is  gone....and it was nearly a year to the day. I saw the one last year
on June 13. Fascinating!! KT

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13 June, 2005:
Hi, I just discovered your site after trying to identify a huge spider I  found in my house last night. I believe it was either a male wolf  spider or a male orb weaver. I was then inspired to send these  photos, which I took in my yard last summer. The first two are of a  wolf spider with her babies emerging from the egg sack and crawling  onto her body, and the others are two different Garden Spiders. Dates  are below each photo. Nice site! K L Thalin, Saxtons River, VT

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27 May, 2005:
We have named her Aragog of Harry Potter fame. She is about 4Ē in diameter and was found in one of our out buildings in North Carolina. She has molted twice in the 8 months we have had her. She has produced an egg sack that we snatched. We feared that she would not eat if the eggs did not hatch. It seems as though she is working on her second sack this year. Is this common?  Also, we placed a small wolf spider in the cage with her. She has apparently eaten this little guy, but I was wondering if different species of wolf spiders can mate and create a hybrid? If so, what is the gestation period so I donít come back from holiday with hundreds of these little guys running around.  Aragog has become our shop pet. Our employees delight in watching her devour crickets as well as some other insects that are tossed in with her. She has been a great pet so far. It is very interesting to watch her hunt as well as wash up after eating. Up until a few months ago, I had never seen a spider poo.  Hope you enjoy the pics. Will send more if anything interesting happens.
Cheers,
Dan Weber
Operations Manager
C&M Rubber Co.
Dayton, OH
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23 May
, 2005:
I live in Phoenix, Arizona and I found this spider outside my house. I think it is a wolf spider but i am not 100% sure. If you could help me identify it that would be great.
Thanks. You can use these pictures on your site if you want.

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11 May, 2005:
hi there, i took these pictures a few minutes ago and thought you and your class would like them. a female wolf spider with egg sac.
best to you all.
lee in georgia,

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8 May, 2005:
Love the web site , I live sth side of Brisbane and my yard is full of these spiders ( 1 every 2sq metres) . I think it is a type of wolf spider. They are very fast and live in a burrow.

Mick...... Brisbane,Australia
 

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4 April, 2005:
I was wondering if you could identify this spider for me. I can't seem to figure it out...\
Thanks, Stephen Steen

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22 March, 2005:
Hi, my daughter found this spider at her work in Salisbury, South Australia
As you can see its in a jar so photographs were a little tricky it looks like a wolf spider to me. whaddya think? Paul, South Australia

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8 December, 2004:
Iíve looked at your site but couldnít find a match to this one in the attached photo. Can you identify it please? It was found in my garage in Beaumont, Texas.

Thanks.
Mike Gilbert
 

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26 November, 2004:
Hi Glen,
Is there any way you could help me and try to identify this spider? It is just the hugest spider I have ever seen! I live in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I have been living here for 12 years and the largest spider I have seen has been the Wolf Spider. I have never seen this spider before, and I hope I never do! This guy doesn't look anything like a wolf spider. If anything, he looks like a tarantula! Yuck! I was in awe of how huge his lower body is. I opened up my back door last night to put out the cat food, and there he was sitting next to my cat. I think even my cat was impressed with the spiders size. It was night time, and I leave the back light on, so I frequently see spiders hanging around trying to catch the bugs that are attracted to the porch light. To give you an idea of the spider's size, I'd say he would have taken up most of my palm, and his lower region had to have been close to an inch. Thanks for your help, Sheri

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17 November, 2004:
Hi Glen
guess i'd better send you the jpg. right? ...
My question was ... do you know what kind of spider this is? I just  wondered because I cannot find a good likeness and i have many of them  in the house I live in. I'm in california USA thanks a lot
 alfie

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17 November, 2004:
We found this spider in our house in Marin county, California. It moves  very quickly, and holds its legs close to its body, like a tarantula, and  except for it being relatively hairless, looks a lot like a small tarantula
(approximately 6 cm or so in diameter, which is the diameter of the white  round cotton pad that the spider is on). I am wondering if this a wolf  spider, but it's eyes aren't that prominent. Do you know what this is? I
can send a higher resolution photo if you like.

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14 November, 2004:
Hello, I enjoyed your web page, very interesting. I found this spider in my patio here in Sarasota, Florida. I sure don't care for them when they get into my house.
Rodney
Sarasota, Florida

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4 November, 2004:
Hello Glen,
My dog actually found this spider in my hallway. He was just staring at it. I got up to see what she was doing and there it was. It looked like it was playing dead. I caught it and put it in the toilet to flush it and i noticed it just skating on it like it was having fun. I then poked it under the water and it just came back it like it was diving. So i got it out of the toilet and took this pictures. I looked through your site and i think it a type of wolf spider. If you could just confirm that i would greatly appreciate.
Thanks,
Brandon

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1 November, 2004:
Glen I like your website very much. I truly believe spiders are one of the most misunderstood creatures we have the good fortune to interact with. I think this is a Carolina Wolf Spider, however it is very very dark I would go as far as to say black. All of what I have read says they are gray to brown. This one is definitely black. The first day I had it I put a cricket in the aquarium and he grabbed it supper fast, It was cool. I had a rose tarantula one time, couldn't
make it eat for nothing. I really dig this spider he is very docile toward me yet aggressive when it is feeding time.
South Carolina,
James Seal
P.S.I hope you like the pic

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28 September, 2004:
Hi Glen,
I found your site tonight, and although reading it makes me itchy, it's great. I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania and this ceature is living in my basement. I have numerous other types, but this is the largest. Is this a wolf spider? If not, is it dangerous? Hope to hear from you. Thanks, Karen

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28 September, 2004:
Hi, You helped me identify a spider that I saw in Mexico a bit over a month ago. A couple of days ago some friends and I were strolling around the Utah Winter Olympic park, and saw the spider attached, it was rather large, 3-4 inches long, and 1-2 inches wide body, and long legs. I am guessing it is a huntsman spider but the wasn't sure because the front legs don't fan out. I've attached a couple of pictures can you help me identify it? Thanks, John


 

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25 October, 2004:
Hi Glen, can you tell me what type of spider this is. I have not seen this fellow before, it came out from under the fridge.
Thanks & Regards,
Bob Pearce
Queensland

Reply: It looks like a wolf spider.

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28 September, 2004:
Hi, You helped me identify a spider that I saw in Mexico a bit over a month ago. A couple of days ago some friends and I were strolling around the Utah Winter Olympic park, and saw the spider attached, it was rather large, 3-4 inches long, and 1-2 inches wide body, and long legs. I am guessing it is a huntsman spider but the wasn't sure because the front legs don't fan out. I've attached a couple of pictures can you help me identify it? Thanks, John



Reply: Looks like a wolf spider?

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28 September, 2004:
Hi Glen,
I found your site tonight, and although reading it makes me itchy, it's great. I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania and this ceature is living in my basement. I have numerous other types, but this is the largest. Is this a wolf spider? If not, is it dangerous? Hope to hear from you. Thanks, Karen

Reply: Looks like a wolf spider?

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 27 August, 2004:
Glen,

Just got back from south of Tijuana and saw this spider at the beach house we were at.....Can you identify it???

Randy

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5 August, 2004:
Great site....if you like spiders. Useful tool, in any event. I took this picture that I'm attaching yesterday in Fayetteville, Arkansas and have been trying to identify it. This thing was huge. I thought it might a variety of Wolf spider but wasn't sure.

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12 July, 2004:
I live in Las Vegas NV. And found this Ďgirlí by my garage door carrying her babies! You are welcome to share this photo.

Be Blessed,
Crystal
 

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26 May, 2004:
Can you help identify this spider. It was caught with babies in Las Vegas,
Nevada, USA (desert environment) in my garage. It is about 2 inches  diameter with legs extended. Thanks

Tim

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11 May, 2004:
Hi Glen,
I came across your email address while searching for spider pictures. I am located in Phoenix, AZ USA, and found this spider near my front door and was wondering if you could let me know what kind of spider it is. Thank you very much for your help, and I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Jim Angel

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10 July, 2003:
Reply: The spider dated April 14, 2003 looks like a wolf spider of some sort rather than a huntsman. Huntsman spiders are frequently flattened and have very long legs. The eye arrangement is quite different also. In the photo, two large eyes are visible, mounted above the others on the upper/foremost part of the carapace which is consistent with wolf spiders and a few others. Huntsman spiders have eyes that appear to be grouped together into two rows at the front of the flattened carapace.

Josh Hillman, FloridaNature.org

 

14 April, 2003:
I'm thinking about feeding it raw meat! What is this thing ?

 

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11 September, 2002:
Glenda,
Here are pictures of a wolf spider that I found in my basement in Sterling, VA. Feel free to use them on your website.
Michael

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Reply: 11 April, 2002
Paul replies: This spider can not hurt you, it is a wolf spider, perhaps Hogna miami, a wolf spider that only resides in Florida, or Hogna lenta, which is the Florida Yellow And Brown Wolf Spider (probably Hogna miami, which is similar). The spider bite requires no first aid unless you are allergic, and bites are rare.
15 March, 2002
Hello, I surfed onto your site last night. My name is Karen Merry and I live on Terra Ceia Island in Florida, USA. I live here on the Island in a refurbished 20 car field garage and get lots of spiders. Anyway, I snapped this picture of a spider this morning. I was wondering if you could tell me what type it is ? If is can hurt me in anyway ? And if it can, I was wondering if you could give me some information on first aid for a bite from a spider of this type. Thank you very much for your time, Karen Merry

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27 September, 2001:
Here is Jadzia, a 3.5 inch (9 cm for those who don't know  our darn American system which we arrogantly hold onto) Carolina Wolf Spider (Hogna carolinensis), with an eggsac now (though she didn't have one a few days ago when I took these pictures). This spider is from Florida. It is an adult female. The max-size of these spiders is 4 inches (10-11cm), which is a little bigger then this one. You may use this pictures on your website, in  fact it would be great if you did. Carolina Wolf Spiders are about the best pet Wolf Spiders there are. She has about a 1.25in (almost 4cm) body size. A very plump spider, not aggressive, but very skittish if touched or cornered. Great site, keep up the good work.
Pauly
(Click for a larger photo.)

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Reply: 26 September, 2001: This is DEFINITELY not a Huntsman Spider. It is a Wolf Spider. Not only a wolf spider, but THE Wolf Spider that defines what it means to be a Wolf  Spider. Narrowing it down to a species, it pretty easy, except I have a few doubts, based on it's Carapace, which has an unusual pattern for this  particular spider, it's actually reminiscent of some Australian Wolfs I've  seen, but all the same, it could still be Hogna carolinensis, the Carolina  Wolf Spider, the largest Wolf Spider in the United States. Found in Michigan, it's a rare site. These specific spiders are difficult to find up north. This spider has a 4 inch legspan-max. I have several I am keeping in  captivity. They are commonly found in burrows in open fields, and are a nocturnal spider for the most part. This looks like a very large female. Huntsmen spiders DO NOT occupy any Northern States. The only states you are bound to find Huntsmen spiders in are Florida, and a few states southwest of the rocky mountains.
Paul Day
www.losingmylycosa.com

Nice Photo of a Huntsman Spider, we found him on the side of the National Weather Service Building in Gaylord Michigan along with 20-30 of his relatives. Thought you might like to have it. By the way best site I found for photo identification
Michael Dickinson
 

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29 August, 2001 - Can you identify this spider? I live in the Seattle area of Washington state USA. Any help would be appreciated. If you want to post it to your website, that's alright with me.
Thanks,
Rick

Reply: 26 September, 2001: This looks like it could be a wolf spider.
Paul Day www.losingmylycosa.com

 

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Reply: 26/11/01:This is Hogna helluo, a common American wolf spider, despite the claims, it  probably is only 2.5 inches in leg span, at the most. It is harmless.
Paul Day
www.losingmylycosa.com

18/06/02: The wolf spider in the 26 September, 2001 picture is carrying babies on her back, and I have seen a few with a leg span at least 3 inches from front to back. The wolf spider is also commonly mistaken for the Brown Recluse or vise versa (which can be deadly) - Chris Stevens -sweetest_thang80@hotmail.com

24/05/01 - It was found in the evening our our doorstep. I put an US penny next to it for size. It's about 3 inches or so from tip to tip of legs. Is it dangerous? Thanks,
John

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