For the record, we do not intend to bust your chops and we thoroughly applaud you coming to the defense of a lower beast, but we still feel there was no indication that there was any foul play involved. Subject: what is this thing?? Spiders help people by eating the insects that eat our food, invade our homes, and are vectors for disease. Subject: Possible Mygalomorph in Monmouth, OR Ask an Expert is made up of groups and individual experts. What's That Bug? Aphids, Scale Insects, Leafhoppers, and Tree Hoppers, Fungus Beetles and Pleasing Fungus Beetles, Pantry Beetles, Grain Weevils, Spider Beetles, Meal Worms and Carpet Beetles, Crickets, Camel Crickets and Mole Crickets, Sow Bugs, Pill Bugs, Isopods, Lawn Shrimp and Amphipods, Hummingbird Moths, Sphinx Moths or Hawk Moths, Pantry Moths, Clothes Moths, Case-Bearers and Meal Moths, Neuropterans: Lacewings, Antlions, and Owlflies, What's That Bug? Date: 12/18/2017 Without a picture, it is difficult to speculate. To big man, I’m not sure I see what you see. You disgusting individual. Some other spiders commonly found in and around Oregon homes include grass spiders (species of Agelenopsis), wolf spiders (species of Pardosa), the cellar spider (Pholcus phalangioides), crab or flower spiders (Misumena vatia), the false black widow (Steadota grossa), the folding trapdoor spider (Antrodiatetus pacificus), jumping or zebra spiders (the Phidippus Time: 02:53 PM EDT Some species have paler color markings, or they may have a silky covering of hair. Sorry about that. Hi! It looks scary but I did end up letting it go, unharmed. By far the largest spider I've seen living 50 years in Oregon, both north and south. I was thinking Mygalomorph, but they’re so uncommon in Oregon, I must be crazy! This is some species of Trapdoor Spider and it looks very similar to an individual we located in our own archives that we never identified more specifically. This is some species of Trapdoor Spider and it looks very similar to an individual we located in our own archives that we never identified more specifically. I think he is looking pretty fabulous, all things considered, and this was an awesome find! From your description, it could be a spider in the Mygalomorphae order which includes tarantulas, trapdoor spiders, mouse spiders. Signature: Luke S. Dear Luke, Their colours range from yellowish brown to reddish brown to black. When I screamed at the sight of it, it jumped about 1/2 inch straight up. BugGuide has several genera of Trapdoor Spiders found in the Pacific Northwest, including Antrodiaetus pacificus, which looks like a pretty good match considering this BugGuide posting. Location: Monmouth, Oregon I found it under an old wooden deck in my backyard. Where we disagree is that Mygalomorphs are uncommon in Oregon. I found one tonight (august 9 2016) in Dallas Oregon. 7 I like This (closest thing I could see on the Internet) I love spiders, but seeing that biggie crawl across the bedspread got me out of bed in a hurry. Hopefully, he was successful in doing his part to keep his species going before meeting his end. What's That Bug? He does not look comfortable or natural in that position, I think the human has treated him worse then the season. The abdomen is typically lighter and a … It looks like it is most likely Antrodiaetus pacificus which is pictured on BugGuide and which is reported from Oregon. Please enter your username or e-mail address. About Oregon spiders. Please enter your username or e-mail address. Male spiders, in their search for females, end up in extremely poor shape very quickly. Since you've seen the spiders, this Oregon Dept of Agriculture website may help. Hello! We also have our doubts that you are crazy, but we cannot be entirely certain. Those spots are familiar to me but I can’t find a ready ID. We do agree that this is a Mygalomorph and that it does have palps, indicating it is a male. https://www.oregon.gov/oda/programs/ippm/pages/oregonspiders.aspx. While we do not know the exact circumstances that led up to taking the image, nowhere in the identification request does it indicate what you might have imagined actually happened. You will receive a new password via e-mail. I am vacationing on The Oreogn coast, in a home on Neah- Kah-Nie Mt. Male Trapdoor Spiders have a considerably shorter life span than females because they often encounter predators or other dangerous obstacles while on their mating quest. It’s a very commonly held notion that they are abundant in Oregon, but this is a case of mistaken identity. Required fields are marked *. https://www.oregon.gov/oda/programs/ippm/pages/oregonspiders.aspx Your original request arrived while our editorial staff was away from the office for several weeks and we were never able to respond to all the emails that arrived during our absence. It is important to remember that spiders seen in Oregon are not bound by the territorial lines decided on by humans, therefore their distribution is subject to change. Trapdoor spiders are black or brown, with stout bodies and legs. will not do your child's homework, Fanmail: WTB? Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Once mature, males often stop eating and drinking altogether and are only interested in passing on their genes to another generation. That it’s fairer to capture then as you see them, not drag it out of its hole, stretch it’s abdomen, break off a leg and lay it on cement to take a picture for recognition. does not endorse extermination, California Trapdoor Spider: Male Spiders emerge with the rain. I’m a hobby arachnologist and I frequently get friends sending me pics of spiders they’ve taken and asking what they are. does not endorse extermination, Male California Trapdoor Spider in Mount Washington, Piotr Naskrecki encounters World’s Largest Spider in Guyana. Since you've seen the spiders, this Oregon Dept of Agriculture website may help. Oregon has at least 500 species of spiders. They have powerful jaws and sharp fangs, that stab downwards into its prey. Black widow spiders may be the only potentially harmful spider in Oregon. Spider bites are not common. If he had already encountered a female, that could be good enough reason for his less than stellar appearance. Our site has numerous images of male California Trapdoor Spiders that have drowned in swimming pools. Dear Chris, You will receive a new password via e-mail. I came across two golf ball sized black spiders in our rental house...1.5 to 2 inches in diameter and much taller than most spiders. Required fields are marked *. Without a picture, it is difficult to speculate. We also have our doubts that you are crazy, but we cannot be entirely certain. benefits youngster with Autism, Eighth Recipient of the Nasty Reader Award: Pink Inchworm. Your email address will not be published. You can also subscribe without commenting. I live in Eugene, Oregon and this was spotted during the summer months.