big, black, and hairy

by liz
(Cambridge, Ohio, USA)

My husband and I were getting ready for bed when I spotted a spider crawling across the carpet. He was 2 - 2.5 inches in size, velvet black, long thick legs, and possibly came from the basement as I was cleaning in there earlier in the day. I would really like to know what kind of spider this is, I'm having trouble, I have "googled" and have not found him on any charts or spider identifiers. I live in southeastern Ohio.


Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Liz, I'm pretty sure what you have seen was a Wood Spider, which generally are pretty harmless, except to their prey. If you were cleaning, you could have disturbed her, and even brought her upstairs with something.

Without a good clear picture, it's difficult to identify a spider, as the number of eyes and the configuration varies, as well as the shape, size and size ratio of the different body parts.

Sorry I can't help definitively.
Jacki

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