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Anyone know what this spider is?

Sbirtell1

Active Member
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132
Location
Chicago, Illinois
Hello! Sorry I’m not sure if this is the correct place. But doesn’t anyone know what this is? Is this a grass spider? I don’t remember them looking this dark (it was closer to black) and its pedipalps looks so large? I’m in Northern Illinois in the suburbs. I love it, whatever it is, I didn’t mean to scare it. It wouldn’t sit still. Thanks! -Sarah
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Gizalba

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3 Year Member
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423
Location
England
I am no expert but it looks like a male Scotophaeus blackwalli to me? We have them in the UK, but here is one apparently found in America so maybe they live in lots of places. They are lovely :) I think the large pedipalps mean it is a male with the palpal bulbs on the end? Most of the wild spiders I see have these 'boxing gloves' as they are males wandering to find a female I think.
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Sbirtell1

Active Member
Messages
132
Location
Chicago, Illinois
I am no expert but it looks like a male Scotophaeus blackwalli to me? We have them in the UK, but here is one apparently found in America so maybe they live in lots of places. They are lovely :) I think the large pedipalps mean it is a male with the palpal bulbs on the end? Most of the wild spiders I see have these 'boxing gloves' as they are males wandering to find a female I think.
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Thank you very much!!! He was very cool!!!
 

Jeef

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3 Year Member
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Location
NY
My wild guess is Amaurobius ferox. This is about the time of year the males go on walkabout looking for the girls. While I'm no expert by any measure, those pedipalps tell me that is a male.
 
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