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I think I've seen one like this
I may have seen this same spider hanging out on a rock at Akron Falls. I was so freaked out by the size of it, I had to take my camera and get a close up. It was like my fascination overrode the fear! Then I ran away....I could just envision the thing jumping at me and clinging to my face just like in the movies.....Argh!
so is this a relative of the brown recluse??
That thing could feed a family of five! If that big S-O-B is living in my house, it better be paying rent! Joe, NT
Hi, last week I had a similar problem in my basement. I totally lost it. Called my son at work, the first thing he said to me was, run. He's a funny guy. My son told me to take a picture of it but it had moved so I ran upstairs. One of his friends who was in the area got him, but unfortunately he was petrified so he killed it. I have a tarantula and had been okay with it, but this guy was maybe 2/3 the size of my tarantula. I bought him so I wouldn't be afraid of spiders but it didn't work
We have spiders much bigger than that in our basement and around our house. We have trap door spiders outside by our pond that are as big as a small mouse.
Looks possibly like a "dock spider"
They are in the area, also called fishingspiders. Under bridges, near water. It would be easier to identify if the legs were striped. (Dock spider). They get very big. A friend of mine in Huntsville Ontario used to get ther on his dock, my son kept asking him to catch one for him.
No more Tarantella dancing at weddings.
my wife and a spider
Tom before my wife and i moved our bedroom down stairs ,we used to sleep upstaies. Well this one night in the fall it was starting to get cold out . So my wife just got into bed when i hear her going to will u stop it and i said stop what, what r u talking about. So she said stop it again and with that flaped her hair and ear with her hand ,and we heard something hit the wall .Im not kidding u, we got out of bed and i turned on the light and this gray spider was the size of a half dpllar. OMG if u saw the dance she did i was lmao .She was slapping her face like it was still there , she ran down stairs and took a shower. I found it and took it outside. My wife sleeped on the couch. lol .Just thought i share that with you.
Looks like a wood spider
Looks like an American Tarantula
That little critter is quite common in southern Arizona. The Native Americans out that way them "The spider that hides." They are solitary creatures and usually avoid humans.
OMG, you get two boxes of tissues, clap them together on either side of the spider as hard as you can, job done!!
---Signed, Miss Muffet ;-)))
A 'free rider' from past floral/garden purchases?
A lot of florist/gardening centers will import - from the typically much warmer South or other tropical areas -already lush, blooming flowers/plants, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these insects (giant ones at that!) are simply hitching a ride while thinking all it is doing is 'hiding'... thus the packagers of the flowers don't catch a glimpse of the critters.
They go well
If you deep fry them and put spaghetti sauce and cheese on them they;re tasty.
What area of WNY do you live?
This picture looks like a Wolf Spider.
PS I was bitten by a recluse spider and the nurse recognized
the bite as that of a recluse right away.
It appears to be either a smaller dock spider, or a very large wolf spider. We have both here in central Ontario. I have seen very large Wolf Spiders about the dimensions that you have noted. I have also seen Dock Spiders this size and also twice as big. Dock spiders tend to hide in tight places such as between rocks, wood piles and other tight crevices. They are solitary creatures and favor the dark confinements of a tiny space. Wolf spiders are most commonly found in a web, usually low laying. The web also feature a funnel in which the spider hides while waiting for unsuspecting prey to get trapped in its web. From time to time, they do leave their web and wander to look for a more suitable location to build another web in favor of better hunting. They are hairy, fast, can jump a significant distance (not to be confused with a jumping spider) and can also be aggressive if threatened or provoked. They are also the smaller, northern cousin to the Tarantula. Bare in mind, that ALL spider are venomous! That is how they kill and eat their prey. The venom consists of both a neurotoxin to paralyze and kill its prey and a digestive enzyme to break the tissue of its prey down to a gelatinous pulp for easier digestion. Most spider venom is harmless to healthy human adults. The worst effect is a welt and some local pain eventually turning into an itch. The immune system does combat it. The Wolf Spider does have a more potent venom but still not lethal. The Black Widow (also sighted in Ontario, though not common) has a much more potent venom which can lead to nausea, local pain and flu like symptoms for several days, but can be lethal to a small child/infant or very elderly person (very much like that of an average Tarantula). The Brown Recluse has an odd venom. The neurotoxin is not much more potent than that of a Wolf Spider, but it has a far more potent digestive enzyme. This enzyme is so powerful that it continues to break down live tissue for days if not treated. In many cases, if left untreated, the damage to the tissue usually leads to amputation of the affected area.
It has been mentioned already, but I'll say it again for good measure that it looks to be a fishing spider, family Pisauridae. More common in NY that most people realize since they are generally reclusive and shy. Completely harmless, nothing to bescared of. For what its worth, I'm an Entomologist.
Nice Paint Job
Try using blue tape on the molding next time you paint.
It looks deadly. I wonder how many more are in your house. You may want to fumagate!
It looks deadly!!. You may want to fumagate. When there's one
,there's always another.
I had a run in with the same type of spider and size when I was a kid in WNY and ever since then I'm afraid of spiders. FYI I'm a 49 year old male and not afraid of much...they give me the willies...if I have to touch them. LOL If I saw that in my house I would not have killed it though. I would have caught it and kept it as a pet oddly enough and tried to make it bigger and would have loved to watch it and show it to others all while in a cage that no way it could get out or near me.
Gross. Looks fake, photo shopped.
That is one of the largest spiders I've ever seen! Nice Jobo
I saw one like this but a bit smaller....
I live in wny, a few miles away from lake ontario in wilson. I have seen two spiders exactly like this one, only not nearly as big... but still big enough for me to be scared and shocked.. i wish i knew how to link a picture... but does anyone know whaton earth these spiders are called and are they dangerous