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Black Wolf Spider / Black House Spider?  - Hogna carolinensis

Black Wolf Spider / Black House Spider? - Hogna carolinensis
Willard, Green County, Missouri, USA
July 1, 2013
Size: About the size of my palm
Please help ID this spider. Was walking our dogs in the neighborhood around 10pm last night when it crawled onto the sidewalk about 2 sidewalk squares in front of me. Needless to say, I stopped dead in my tracks! Have NEVER seen anything this big. It just sat there, didn't move at all. The dogs walked directly in front of it at least twice. I called my hubby to get them, and even after putting them in the truck it still didn't move. We took some picts and guess it was ok just being there. We watched it for at least another 30 min then placed a cup over it in hopes to show our sons. Only after this did it move. Did not keep, did not squash, just watched as it quickly ran off into the neighbor's yard.

Moved from ID Request. I agree this is the most likely ID. A ventral view helps ID these for certain. I frassed the other 4 images as they were basically the same view as this one.

Hogna carolinensis
Aka, the Giant wolf spider or Carolina wolf spider. It is a female from the size of the abdomen as well as the lack of large bulbous pedipalps. You have no worry for this species is completely harmless despite it being the largest wolf spider in North America. The females usually stay in vertical burrows dug into sandy areas but will occasionally wander in search of food. Nice find, one of my favorite species of all time.

Carolina Wolf Spider
I'm not sure what species this is without more detail, there are a few that can look very similar ... however it is most likely a Carolina Wolf Spider (Hogna carolinensis).

Thank YOU!!!
We do live in a neighborhood, but it is very rural here. Can usually hear coyotes at night too! Thanks again for your assistance, you've deff helped ease my paranoia of walking down the sidewalk at night. Should I come across one again, maybe I can suck it up and get a better shot of the front. I am so glad to have found your website :)

plastic baggie
Next time if you can get it into a plastic baggie you can take ventral shots without being worried.

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