Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Spider

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Iently found a large, about 2-21/2 " solid black spider in my living room. My 2 cats were toying with it and without thinking I immediately stepped on it, thus, not much further ID was possible. It had access from the outdoors and was one of a kind for me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi John
Your mention of the cats and the spider makes me thing of Garfield amd his attack on the spider with a newspaper.
A large dark spider in a house is almost always a wolf spider and I am sure that is what your cats were playing with. Wolf spiders  are usually confined to dark ares and basements. They are not aggressive and nit dangerous. I am sure this was an isolated incident

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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