What kind of spider is this?

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  1. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    Hey guys,

    I found this little guy outside of my garage last night and captured it. It looks a lot like the brown recluse but I want to get a second opinion. What do you guys think it is?

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  2. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Does he have 7 legs?


    And ugh. I hate spiders.

    Unfortunately my front yard is infested with various ones.
     
  3. skunk macrumors G4

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    Test with a Geiger counter. If it's radioactive, you're in luck.
     
  4. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    It doesn't look too much like a brown recluse to me.

    Just wondering, why are you asking?
     
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    Nice! :D
     
  7. Shrink macrumors G3

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    When I first looked at it I thought it looked like the spider was crawling up a ribbed condom - in which case I wouldn't care what kind of spider it was!!:eek:

    I gotta get new glasses! :eek: ;)
     
  8. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    I thought something akin to that also. :eek:
     
  9. tjsdaname macrumors 6502

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    looks like a wolf spider to me.... we have tons of them around here.
     
  10. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Thats what I was thinking as well.
     
  11. SurferMan macrumors 65816

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    Could be a normal brown house spider as well.
     
  12. Slow Programmer macrumors regular

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    Count the number of eyes. Most spiders have eight. Recluse and a few rarer spiders have six.
     
  13. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Spiders outdoors are a good thing. They're insect control so to speak.
     
  14. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    This is a Grass Spider (Agelenopsis spp. in the Agelenidae or Funnel Weaver Family)
     
  15. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Um no...this is a terrifying spider not a grass spider :p
     
  16. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Whatever kind of spider that is - either they're not very dangerous, or they are, but they're very well mannered. Because I've got dozens of those in my home, and honestly don't really care. I never get bitten, and we don't have any other bugs, likely thanks to them.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't like spiders when they're on me - but those guys keep to themselves.

    They also don't seem to really make webs - or at least webs that span any great distance.

    So I just count their pest-control towards the rent - and they stay free. ;)
     
  17. MacHamster68, Sep 12, 2011
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    i too think its a wolf spider ..quiet a young one , when they get older the abdomen gets bigger and more rounded and they get a union jack pattern on their back(not on the abdomen) and then easier to identify and they become about as big (with legs )as the palm of your hand
    i like spiders , they make great pets , ..keep the house clean of other insects like flies and even moskitos

    but its definitely no Brown Recluse nor is it a black widow , so dont worry if the little guy bites its only painful :D

    the cutest are jumping spiders , they have a face that looks like a smiley due to the 2 big front facing eyes , the other 6 eyes are more on the side and a lot smaller

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    spiders in general are harmless , even the most poisonous ,they only bite as a very last resort in self defence as humans are not on their menu list
     
  18. redshift1 macrumors regular

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    I used to find the occasional spider inside but since I acquired a couple of cats both insects and spiders are almost nonexistent. Cats are amazing exterminators.
     
  19. ideal.dreams, Sep 12, 2011
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    It turned out to be a funnel web spider. Or so I think. Either that or a hobo spider. Thanks for the replies guys :p.
     
  20. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Either way, it's a pet you don't have to feed or clean-up after.

    And zero Vet bills.
     
  21. ideal.dreams thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It died.
     
  22. SurferMan macrumors 65816

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    Doesn't look like a Funnel Web to me, those have a dangerous bite. But it could have been a Hobo which looks similar to Recluse, Brown Spiders etc. Hobo's have a bad bite too, nasty infections from them with the bacteria they carry.
     
  23. ideal.dreams thread starter macrumors 68020

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    There was a funnel shaped web where I caught the spider. I'm pretty sure it's a funnel web...isn't the Hobo spider somehow related with the funnel web spider?
     
  24. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Never mind all that. Who's doing the eulogy??
     
  25. appleguy123, Sep 14, 2011
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    appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Methinks it is a grass spider, like someone else mentioned.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_spider

    Edit: Serendipitously enough, I just found this exact spider in my window ceil. :)
     

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