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Unidentified Arachnid
Unidentified Arachnid  
I live in upstate NY and this spider was on the porch at my mothers house. I am looking to find out what kind of spider it is.

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Jessica,

This looks like one of the wolf spiders (there are many species). Any large spider can bite but these are not particularly venomous. If it is hanging out near an outdoor light it may be hunting insects that are attracted to the light at night.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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