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Identifying a spider

Agoura Hills, CA(Zone 9a)

This spider appeared in the crevices of my daughter's front porch. It is holding a sweet little orb weaver hostage! We would like to know what kind of spider this is. The closest I could come to finding in my spider book was a giant house spider. It is approximately 3" across counting it's legs. It's huge. Thank you for any help you can provide identifying this guy.

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Churchill, Victoria, Australia(Zone 10a)


I think your spider might be one of the Wolf Spiders (Lycosidae), but this is not the best place to ask.

This forum is for questions relating to adding data to the BugFiles database.

We have a forum on Insect and Spider Identification here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/bugid/all/
and if you post your question there, you may get some help,

If you have an image, you could attach it to the message you post for a better chance of getting an identification

BugFiles Administrator

Agoura Hills, CA(Zone 9a)

@kennedyh - Thank you for your response to my inquiry. After much searching I really think this is a funnel web spider, the close-ups in your bug-files are identical to the pictures I posted. It seems to have moved on but it was a very creepy and interesting spider. I am always interested in finding out what type of spider I have come across if I find one I haven't seen before - the only ones I don't care to come across are black widows and brown recluses which seem to love it here in Southern California. We never have a shortage of spiders here! Thank you again.


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