Quarter in size, heart shaped abdomen, slow mover, located on exterior wall close to ground.
That looks like a wolf spider. I had a few out here this year sunning themselves with their egg sacs attached.
no way in hell that’s wolf spider, that’s some kind of orb weaver. Look at those spiny legs! and “heart-shaped abdomen” doesn’t sound much like the almond-shaped wolf spider’s body, eh?
I’m not from Cali, so I couldn’t guess what species of orb weaver.
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https://bugguide.net/node/view/84423#Lycosidae Here’s a guide to spider families by number and arrangements of eyes. Orb Weavers are in about 7 different families.
Thank you all for your comments. Sweet link too.
I am pretty certain it was a weaver, looked like Neoscona crucifera (Hentz Orb-weaver). Little more grey in color. This was my first post . Is there a way to post more pics than one? I went back the next night and he was gone. Figured he couldn’t have gone far but ill check once more at night, maybe collage several pics together or something.
Welcome! We don’t have a convenient way to post extra photos. Collages work, but our moderator prefers single pics that are easily viewed in thumbnail size. Single photos can be uploaded as you did with the previous one. All of your photos will be linked to your account. The way to see all of someone’s comments or photos is to click their profile pic then the camera or speech bubble icon. Wolf Spiders won’t climb high, but do climb wall bases. They don’t use webs to hunt. Fishing Spiders are similar except that they can climb verticals well. A full-body… Read more »
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