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Insect and Spider Identification: Georgia Spider ID?

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rwmullis79
Hampton, GA

April 28, 2009
2:34 AM

Post #6472977

Anyone have a clue what the heck this spider is. Makes me want to move.

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suunto
Sinks Grove, WV

April 28, 2009
1:16 PM

Post #6474189

This is a large female wolf spider (family Lycosidae), and you'd have to move a very long way (say, Antarctica) to avoid them, as they have essentially a world-wide distribution. They are voracious predators on any other small arthropods that they can capture, and thus quite useful pest controllers. Although a specimen this large could give you a painful bite if you handled it carelessly, they otherwise are harmless to humans.
cedar18
Lula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2009
4:26 PM

Post #6493281

rw - speaking of painful bites, put on some shoes around that big boy!! I see those sock feet back there...

Suunto - is that an egg case she's hauling around?
LadyAshleyR
Oakland, MD

May 2, 2009
7:22 PM

Post #6493883

Wow she's gorgeous!
suunto
Sinks Grove, WV

May 2, 2009
7:53 PM

Post #6493997

That certainly appears to be an egg sac - female wolf spiders carry their egg sac attached to the tip of their abdomen, whereas their close relatives, fishing/dock spiders in the family Pisauridae, carry theirs up front with their chelicerae.

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