It’s located in a portion of growing bed that has been given over to an ever expanding clump of Butterfly Weed. The hole has continued to grow in size through the summer and is now larger in diameter than a quarter. The diameter of the quarter is 24 mm, so this is quite an impressive hole.
I tried to coax the spider out of its burrow by using the end of a grass stalk to simulate an insect. The spider was uninterested and refused to move into the open.
My first complete sentence is reported to have been “Let’s go fishing” and through the years I’ve fished for some unusual quarry. I see no reason not to fish for spiders. Using a Tenebrio beetle larva, aka mealworm, I prepared my tackle for deep soil spider fishing.
I suppose I had already annoyed the spider too much with the grass stalk. It wouldn’t rise to the bait.
You can see the furry bulk of the spider hiding in the shadows.
I quickly took up the slack to keep the spider from backing down the burrow.
Her fangs are firmly imbedded in the mealworm.
If I feed her often enough, she might overcome her shyness and allow for a better viewing. Most of the descriptions for this species refer to features found on the underside of the body. I guess I'll also have to teach her to roll over. For more information on this fascinating species, check out Jim’s blog.