Kukulcania hibernalis
(Southern House Spider)

Picture ID 133706

Picture of Kukulcania hibernalis (Southern House Spider) - Dorsal

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Found this dead spider on the ground floor inside my condo building in Little Rock, Arkansas, about 20 feet from the door. I guess it had wandered in from the cold or looking for food. This is a very close-up photo, it wasn't huge in real life. With legs spread out, it was probably about 2 inches wide. It has hairs on its back side. My guess is it's a wolf spider? But I thought wolf spiders were bigger than this. It's interesting because our condo building is in the middle of a concrete jungle urban area (downtown Little Rock, Arkansas). I've never seen a spider on the 6th floor of our building, but occasionally see them on the ground floor like this one or maybe 2nd or 3rd floor in the stairwell.

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TangledWeb

Aww, it was a Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis. they are common in houses, but they don’t seem to be common in apartment buildings or condos. They are probably big enough to be seen and killed by exterminators They are beneficial and welcome in many homes. They don’t make webs to hunt, they hunt on-foot. I haven’t seen one in-person, The white color at the leg joints near the body, their velvety long chelacerae and high-set eyes are distinguishing features. They can also be a lighter golden color. Wolf Spiders aren’t always as big as they sound. You can find… Read more »

TangledWeb

I believe you! Spiders sometimes die of natural causes. 😉

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