Union, Boone County, Kentucky, USA June 1, 2011 Size: Body: 1"+ Legs: 3"+
This spider was found at dusk on a vertical concrete surface (my front porch steps) at my house in a neighborhood in Union, KY (a suburb of Cincinnati, OH). It was not in a web and stayed perfectly still for 5+ minutes while I got within a few inches of it to take photographs with the flash on. I decided to try to catch it by placing a tupperware container over it and in the process I pinched one of its legs and it broke off. As soon as I touched it it finally moved and it was very fast. Not show are fangs that are about 1/8" long. My aunt, (a PHd biologist, although not specializing in insects) says that it is some variety of wolf spider and that it is female, but didn't know much else.
Contributed by Mike on 6 June, 2011 - 4:05pm Last updated 7 June, 2011 - 10:49am
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