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Black spider in Northeast Ohio Basement

Black spider in Northeast Ohio Basement
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
June 20, 2009
Size: 1-2 inches
Discovered while cleaning out basement that had not been used in 15+ years. Pulled some carpet down (carpet was nailed to the brick wall--old studio space), and under a piece of wood was this spider. Thought it was a beetle at first, due to the size. area was damp (water seeps is with heavy rains). plenty of common spiders down there; nothing else like this (I hope!).

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Hacklemesh Weaver
would be my guess. They are not considered dangerous. See others here.

Found in Michigan
My grandson found one of these in my yard. it was on the bottom of a planter. It's web was a nest web rather than a capture web. it was protecting an egg sack. At first I thought it was solid black, but on closer inspection found it to be identical to the above photo. The Hacklemesh Weaver is very similar, but are hairy. This one only has a bit of peach fuzz that is barely discernable on the upper legs and lower abdomen. I find the subtle purple or redish hue very pretty, but i don't know what it is

Found in Michigan
Feel free to post an image to ID Request if you can get one. I'm not sure what makes that purplish coloring either. Looking at the legs it appears the spider's body/legs are just a bit purple.. I don't think it's the hairs.

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