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Old 07-15-2011, 01:59 PM   #11
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Nice spidey! Our ID person suunto, just left town, but there's always Bugguide.net.

Roger always puts a glass over them, slides a card under the glass, and takes them outside.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:01 PM   #12
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I know, I always feel very guilty about it but every time I go to look at it (must make sure it has not escaped!) I feel the "flight response" kicking in.
LOL (both at "must make sure it has not escaped! and again at "'flight response' kicking in")

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...That thing was AGGRESSIVE and QUICK. And I didn't want a nasty bite... there's a good reason I think why we naturally react to spiders the way we do.

If I asked my husband to deal with it he would kill it so I prefer to let them live... but outside if you please!
I'm hoping it was only aggresive because it felt threatened...I'd hate for one like that to be roaming the house with a chip on its shoulder(s).

I, too, prefer to let things live. I'm the official spider catcher in this house. (...hmm...what am I smiling about--not my favorite job.)
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:15 PM   #13
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Sage, thank you very much. I've registered and submitted photos for ID. Much appreciated.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:18 PM   #14
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I'm hoping it was only aggresive because it felt threatened...I'd hate for one like that to be roaming the house with a chip on its shoulder(s).
Yes, I'm sure that's what it was. It was rather sedate until I trapped it. I wonder what it tangled with that caused the loss of it's leg. No wonder it was ready to fight.
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...I wonder what it tangled with that caused the loss of it's leg. No wonder it was ready to fight.
Good point.
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Roger always puts a glass over them, slides a card under the glass, and takes them outside.
...and here I am always using clear "Tupperware-like" containers. Hmm...
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:57 PM   #17
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The glass/card method is definitely the way to go. If you don't feel secure with one card, use two. A small one to slide under the spider after you trap it with a glass, and a second larger one under the first card to make it easier to lift the whole lot up.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:55 PM   #18
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Hey there, I am new to this sort of thing, haven't introduced myself yet or even gotten an avatar yet, but if I may contribute: I think this is a wolf spider. It looks a lot like the big ones in my yard that a pest control guy years ago said was an Australian species. Don't know if that is true or not, never checked it out, but these guys are bigger than the native wolf spiders I was used to seeing. Where I live there are all kinds of "foreigners"-so I wouldn't be surprised!
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I may change my method, but I've gotten pretty good with my way...plus I like knowing that the critter is sealed in fresh once the lid is on.
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Welcome, scarecrowsdrm. Please feel free to contribute anywhere you like. Lots of places to explore here...and a lot of people to meet.
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