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Can anyone identify this spider?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Feanor, Jun 15, 2012.

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  1. rondog

    rondog Member

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    Dude, get a spray spider bomb or two. Seriously! Or hire a pro exterminator, something. There's NFW I'd live in the same proximity as fiddlebacks, they're too evil. I like my flesh, thank you. Think about it, you may have a few, but when a couple of them mate, you'll have a few hundred more.
     
  2. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    I'll look into it.


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  3. Smokey Joe

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    Spiders...

    No experience with any THAT big, Feanor, and I've spent my share of time in the Chequamegon.

    But at home, my garage is often the shelter chosen by a nice big Golden Garden Spider, which makes a classical orb about 18" in diameter. When my #1 son was small we would amuse ourselves by catching a cricket and tossing it into the web, to watch the spider dash over, bite the cricket to paralyze it, and wind it with silk.

    #1 son took to showing this to his friends, too, and some of them were more scared than amused.

    To this day, I've had no break-in difficulties of any sort, in my garage or other outbuildings....
     
  4. Cosmoline

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    Just don't kill the harvestmen by mistake.
     
  5. osprey176

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    Thanks for that RC,I'm gonna have nightmares!
     
  6. Leatherman-Cowboy

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    That looks like a nasty wolfspider.They can be very hairy and are FAST.While serving at Ft Hood-in the motor pool---we chased on,and let me tell you this-it ran as fast as most people do walking.Just thinking about it ,and so many years after,made my hairs stand up-lol.
    Thank you,
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  7. tightgroup tiger

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    I'll take the wolf spiders any day of the week over the brown recluse and black widows we have in NC. A lot of black widows!

    I was in a LGS that was a really old building, Some guy was there to pick up his order. The counter man said it was still in the card board box and he may as well take the box to, and handed it to him.

    The man reached in the box and took out his magazines, and their were black widows in the bottom of the box.

    I don't know if they climbed in there from his store or were shipped to him but I won't shop there now, that was my first and last trip to that store.
     
  8. j1

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    Googled it and agree with other posts, a wolf spider almost for sure.
     
  9. kcshooter

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    Was it white meat or dark meat?
     
  10. Clipper

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    My buddy and I were sitting on the patio one evening reading car magazines ( we were about 14), when I heard him making strange noises. I look up and see him pointing to my chest. I look and there's a big (for around here) wolf spider sitting on my chest. He's about 3" legspan. So I reached down and flicked him off...I happened to flick him in the general direction where my buddy was. I swear there was the smell of hot tennie rubber in the air and he was GONE!
     
  11. lloveless

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    I used an old Red Ryder to dispatch the Tn variety for the ex-wife. She'd call Oh, great white hunter, that was my cue to get the bb gun and commence an eradication.
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  12. hogshead

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    Thanks RC I will not be going to Colorado during the spider migration. I think I would have went to a drive thru car wash before I went home.I will be glad when winter is here and all the biting, stinging, generally aggravating creepy crawlies die.
     
  13. akgriffin

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    well if i seen that thing...a single shot from a #5 shot from a shotgun would make me feel better.....i hate spiders more than i do liars.
     
  14. Silvanus

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    I had no idea that there are that many large spiders in America! I wanted to visit the US sometime next year but I think you all changed my mind :p
     
  15. Art Eatman

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    Used to be an October migration of tarantulas from west to east across the highway south of Gonzales, Texas. Might still be going on, if farming pesticides haven't wiped them out.

    An occasional tarantula wanders up onto the porch at Terlingua GhostTown. The usual game is to set your hand down in front. The tarantula then wanders up your arm and the next participant in the game then puts his hand in front; his turn to be the pathway. This goes on until boredom sets in, or until it's time for another beer. :)
     
  16. merrill

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    When I taught general science, we would match different spiders to see which was the baddest spider to spider. The brown recluse killed wolf spiders and black widow spiders and was undefeated.
     
  17. BrainOnSigs

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    We grow 'em big in Florida.

    We call them Banana Spiders (Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider...as Bio-Chem identified earlier)

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  18. Smokey Joe

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    Wow!!

    Brain on Sigs--That is a BEAUTIFUL spider!! Amazing, the seemingly alien creatures with which we share the Earth! Nice photos, too, BTW.
     
  19. 1911 guy

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    Golden Orb Weavers get called Bananna Spiders for some reason. The *actual* bananna spider is highly venemous, orb weavers are harmless.
     
  20. sammyscout

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    Read page 1 and thought good no one brought up Australia!!!!

    I lived a while in the outskirts of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and when it rained outside, there was no stopping the funnelweb spiders!

    More times than I care to remember, I woke up with a funnelweb or four on the wall above my head! And can those things leap. Look like a huntsmen but not as flat and hairier legs...these guys are aggressive

    Australian funnel-webs are one of the three most dangerous spiders in the world and are regarded by some to be the most dangerous

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_funnel-web_spider
     
  21. Ftak

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    I really can't see the spider well but I would leave it be for it could be a venomous one. In Texas we have a lot of critters but only two spiders I really stay away from & that is the Black Widow with the red spot on its back & the even more dangerous Brown Recluse which has a fiddle looking design on its back. Those things pack a punch for I know some people who have been bitten. It's crazy what those small spiders can do to a person. I don't screw with any spiders other that stepping on them & that's only the venomous ones.
     
  22. Ftak

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    There are spiders everywhere they just stay out of sight so out of mind. There's a lot of insects that can open up a can of butt whoop with a little sting. The worst sting I've ever had though was a hornet & not just one sting this thing stung me 3 times & it won that battle. The stings were on my face & head & I looked as if I was beaten by a tire tool. So i have a healthy respect for them and stay away from them. There's two critters I brake for even when armed & that is a hornet & a skunk. Guess a little off topic but just some personal experiences with some critters & I have had many more that the hornet. Maybe next time i will discuss the more dangerous close calls
     
  23. widowman10

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    never threw a solpugid in there, didja? ;)
     
  24. BrainOnSigs

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    I had one of these critters (Saddleback Catterpiller) put me in the ER after stinging me on my chest. Had a seriously bad reaction. Plenty of stinging/biting pests in Florida...

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  25. westcliffe01

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    Solifugae are an order of animals in the class Arachnida. They are known variously as camel spiders, wind scorpions, sun spiders or solifuges.

    Solifugae are the subject of many urban legends and exaggerations about their size, speed, behaviour, appetite, and lethality. They are not especially large, the biggest having a leg span of about 12 cm (4.7 in).[8] They are fast on land compared to other invertebrates. The fastest can run at a speed of roughly 16 km/h (10 mph) for a short distance, nearly half as fast as the fastest human sprinter. Members of this order of Arachnida apparently have no venom, with the possible exception of one species in India (Rhagodes nigrocinctus) as suggested in one study,[15] and do not spin webs.

    Due to their bizarre appearance many people are startled by or even afraid of them. This fear was sufficient to drive a family from their home when one was discovered in a soldier's house in Colchester, England and caused the family to blame the solifugid for the death of their pet dog.[16] The greatest threat they pose to humans, however, is their defensive bite when handled. There is essentially no risk of death directly caused by the bite, but, due to the strong muscles of their chelicerae, they can produce a large, ragged wound that is prone to infection.
     
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