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Old 01-26-2010, 07:48 PM   #71
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Our first year in our house in the country, we saw this *huge* spider near the front door! I'd never seen one that big before. I'm glad it was on the OUTSIDE of the house.
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Wow! He is big.
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Maybe Kildale or someone can identify it for me.
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Suunto seems to be the go-to person for bug IDs. Try this link for the insect ID forum Bug Us (help identifying bugs) - Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening There's not much activity this time of year but as the weather warms up, the joint should be jumping!
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My best guess would be a wolf spider.
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Our first year in our house in the country, we saw this *huge* spider near the front door! I'd never seen one that big before. I'm glad it was on the OUTSIDE of the house.
The image isn't clear enough for a positive i.d. (for me, anyway), but one possibility is a fishing/dock spider (family Pisauridae) in the genus Dolomedes - see http://magickcanoe.com/spiders/dolom...us-1-large.jpg for an example. large ones like this can give one a painful bite should you pick it up carelessly, but they are not dangerous to humans.
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Thanks for the possible IDs. The pic was taken with my cell phone, so I guess I can't expect it to be very clear.

I had no intention of picking it up. I do catch and release smaller spiders in the house(to put them outside)--I hope never to find this one in my house!
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