Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Spider Identification

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I found this spider under my children's swing set and just wanted to make sure it wasn't anything to worry about.  We have a ton of wolf spiders in our backyard, but this one I haven't seen before.  My apologies for the poor pictures, it was dark and my camera flash made everything a tad blurry.  Thanks very much for your help!

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David,

The images are a bit too blurry to use. However, since the vast majority of spiders are harmless I think it is safe to assume that this one is harmless as well. The only venomous species in your area (parts of Illinois) that might be found in this type of habitat is the brown recluse (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/brown_recluse_spiders.html) and at least in these photos this does not look like that spider. If you get a clear picture of the top of the spider I'd be glad to take another look.

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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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