Most people would just decide this giant was a very dark tarantula. And it is related to the Tarantulas but it is actually one of the Trap Door spiders, Ummidia. Apparently this genus needs more study and there may be more than one southern species. You can see the character on the third leg, second segment (tibia) for this genus where the leg is saddle-shaped. Peggy Dorris collected in Arkansas only what she called U. audouini. Amazingly she seems to suggest she collected one of the California Trap Door spiders as well. (I have not seen this specimen.) This is a male and apparently July is the wandering time for these guys to go and find some spider action. I am guessing they have to approach a dangerous female somewhere out there in her tunnel. Good luck to him.

Close up of the male face. What is up with those excellent white bands? I think this was a very freshly molted male. Who knows maybe they molt and then need the sexual activity. Who knows the details? This spider and the spider wasp I found that morning made my week.

Smaller male from a trio that were out in my front yard in July 2011. May have had a much earlier molt despite the same month of the year appearance as the top animal from Bell. They were active and spent time in the shade mostly. I assume this means females live on my property but I have still never seen one.