Aug 11, 2013

Help me ID this spider?


After the imminent family freakout I managed to capture this beast. I am curious what species it is. It's more than 6cm long which is the second largest I've ever seen 'in the wild' (not in a terrarium). The largest which was about 10cm I met in a toilet while on holidays in '11 and I've only got a very hazy (night time with cell phone) photo of it. 


It was under the TV shelf if that helps. Maybe it's connected to media.


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  1. Looks like a Wolf Spider, not sure which sub-species though. If I'm right, they are worth having around because they scoff so many other creepy crawlies and keep your house clear of gribblies. Of course, you do have to be OK with having one huge one around.

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    1. Oh well many thanks. I always keep one or two around, this one just grew out us so it has to find a new home.

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  2. I believe Paul has it. I thought wolf spider and if you google it in images, they look very similar to this fellow.

    My wife hates spiders but other than say black widows, I think they're great. They keep down all the other bugs in the basement at no charge!

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    1. Thanks, I think the same - in the dorm we can't have mosquito nets because the window is funny so the spiders grow big in summer.

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    1. It is big for one, you tell the truth Master Jay!

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  4. Jebus he's bloody terrifying! He must be a Magyar spider or something.

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    1. It doesn't have a mustache and he ain't ride horses so I'm quite sure it is a generic european one.

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  5. I'm fairly certain it is a wolf spider as well. I've got them in my yard in spades. I've been bitten three times since I moved to this God forsaken hell hole and I got really sick and my hand swelled. I looked like bloody Mickey Mouse with my hand puffed up.

    Squash the bugger!!

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    1. I've never been bitten. My uncle had a tarantula and it climbed on my hand, never did a thing. Maybe they sense you want to end them? Not the sort of stuff I would like to experience though.

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  6. ooh thats a biggie. I may have seen bigger in the wild (in Argentina) but that really is a large spider. I agree with the others most likely a wolf spider.

    if you can let it go (outside preferably) as there is no need to kill it. Must say having been bitten by a white tail spider (look it up, not to friendly) I do not recomend getting bitten.

    hmm all this spider talk is making me feel uneasy time to look at some miniatures... this is definetly not a miniature spider.

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    1. Sure I did let it go. I never killed one intentionally. Our local record holder grows up to 8cm but even that is huge at these places.

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  7. Thats a bleedin huge spider. But I have no idea of the species they dont get that big here in the UK

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    1. We normally don't see such a big fella either. That's why I was surprised.

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  8. ooo freaky to big for my liking.

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    1. If you're feeling murderous I don't think you'd need more than a slipper - maybe that's why they move at night and all, haha.

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    1. I'm pretty happy they don't grow bigger than this here.

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  10. Can't help you, but glad he is not here!

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    1. It had to leave the house, looking slightly disturbed after the time spent under the glass. You can't tell, maybe secretly they grow bigger in the UK and still remain well hidden.

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  11. I first thought is was one of those Giant spiders from GW then I realised it was real. I am so happy I live in the UK where spiders are a lot smaller

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    1. It would be good for a LoTR prop for sure.

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  12. 1. Scouting Bugger from Ender's Game

    2. Szongáriai cselőpók (Lycosa singoriensis) - dunno if it has a name in English.

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    1. A szongáriai miahalált már csekkoltam, és nem így néz ki (más az álcafestése). Szerintem nagyobb is.
      (az is lehet, hogy olyan nem is létezik, és csak a tv ijesztget vele.)

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