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Arctosa littoralis (beach wolf spider) | by Beetles in the Bush
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Arctosa littoralis (beach wolf spider)

Photographed at night along the banks of the Mississippi River at LaGrange, Missouri. This wolf spider “face” almost looks human, with “two” eyes, two “nostrils” and a shiny upper lip above huge (albeit hairy) buck teeth! It’s enough fill-the-frame spidery goodness to melt (or explode) the heart of even the most ardent arachnophobe! More details at ID Challenge #20 and Ghosts in the night.

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Taken on August 16, 2012