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Old 03-22-2012, 07:04 PM
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Found in middle tennessee in a mesh-covered porch about 150 yds from a large river. Looks to me kind of like a funnel or nursing web spider but not sure. Any help is appreciated.

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Wolf spider! Your friend. Carries her eggs on her back and a superb night hunter! Not a threat to humans but bigtime insect killer. She will clean out your garden every night. Be nice to her.
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Looks like a harmless spider we call a "Grass Spider" around here. I let them go but now we have ended up with 4 cats in the house the last spider of any kind I have seen in here one of the cats had killed it and was eating it.
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There are over 400 species of the funnel spider in NA. I would say 100% it is not a wolf. I was bitten by one (??) recently on the very back of my elbow. Worst pain I can remember that lasted an entire 2 weeks.

I saw a somewhat large spider on my wall and then noticed a smaller one below it. Next thing I know, the small one jumps on the hind legs of the large one and they kept cruising. I left the room and came back with something to catch them in and only the large one was left. Next day I noticed my elbow was feeling strange but didn't realize I had been bit for almost 3 days as I could not see the mark at all unless I used a mirror. I guess the little one was mad I threw the mom out.
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The little one was a male. Not a seroius threat. The larger one is the female and can be 3 inches or more across her legspan.
A serious predator.
Call 'em what you will. Leave her alone and she will leave you alone and eat lots of bugs.
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On my porch a dead one.
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I used to have one that lived under a rock in the strawberry patch by the front door. Drove my husband nuts, that I wouldn't kill. We would sit on the porch and she would come out and he would say "do something, she's just sitting there staring at me!" LOL
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I'd bet it's a wolf spider or a very close relative. Wolf Spiders came in a myriad of colors and as a previous poster mentioned, they are bug killing machines. Especially cockroaches.
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Found in middle tennessee in a mesh-covered porch about 150 yds from a large river. Looks to me kind of like a funnel or nursing web spider but not sure. Any help is appreciated.

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How close are you to a body of standing water or creek? It looks like Dolomedes (fishing spider).
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I still say it's probably a funnel of some kind. Wolfs are rather distinctive.
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Hedley, it is a Wolf Spider. I live in Tennessee. I have saw hundereds of those he took a picture of. http://www.badspiderbites.com/spider...ctures/210.jpg

Now does his pic look like the one in the link, or like yours?
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Another vote for an 'obvious' (to me anyway) wolf spider.

One of the few I'll leave alone. I hate spiders but that one is too harmless and kills to many bugs for me to kill it.
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The pic in my link above is a wolf. Your spider is 50 times the size of the op's and does resemble a wolf but not the op's: Funnel Weaver

http://www.cirrusimage.com/spider_fu...elenopsis2.htm
Wolf's are rather hairy which the op's isn't. I'm sticking with 1 of the 400 varieties of funnel.
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I used to have one that lived under a rock in the strawberry patch by the front door. Drove my husband nuts, that I wouldn't kill. We would sit on the porch and she would come out and he would say "do something, she's just sitting there staring at me!" LOL
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Seriously creepy spiders, they take care of their young. I found this out in horror movie fashion, in a stone grotto in the side of a hill... a statue of Jesus covered with hundreds of baby spiders and their mom.
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Female Dolomedes triton, most likely.

100% harmless.

It's not the clearest photo but judging by the size in contrast to the mesh in the screen and the fact that it was close to a body of water, it's almost guaranteed to be genus Dolomedes. Wolf spiders (genus Lycosidae) are typically covered with prominent seta, or "hair", and this spider clearly isn't.

ETA: I just realized you said it was in Tennessee. That's a Dolomedes without a doubt.
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kill it, its a spider!
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Its not a black widow,or brown recluse, only two nasties in my area that I worry about
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Its not a black widow,or brown recluse, only two nasties in my area that I worry about
Right. That and copper heads, rattlers, corral snakes which you never ever see, and Florida bark scorpions now.
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That is a beautiful picture of a beautiful spider. We have zillions of those funnel webs in CA.
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