I get the feeling these Hogna species are very variable in base color. This one from Camp was large but much less dark than the above. 

And an April 2012 porch Hogna, carrying her very round egg sac. Less leg banding than the dark girl above but on the same porch.

And one of the most striking Wolf spiders I have seen. She was in a burrow and very wary about the whole matter. She was on my property in some pine woods. I believed this was also a Hogna species from that wide thorax and the overall markings. She was about 22mm body length. Tried to make her into H. lenta but bugguide felt she was in Tigrosa. Some rearrangement in the wolf genera has evidently occurred while I was not looking.

Her face in the burrow ready position. Creams and oranges overall. 

The rear lateral of same wolf in her burrow showing some leopard spotting.

Another male Lycosid. And a handsome black legged model. Possibly Schizocosa and may be S. crassipes. I don't know how variable the black leggings are up front.

I thought this was one of the Holy Grail spiders in the state. Norm found this one. And I believe he also thought it was a Geolycosa, one of the Burrowing Wolf Spiders. They are diggers with those huge mouthparts. We have only two to four species in the state known and they are found in limited areas. Peggy Dorris never found one in her thirty year survey of the state. I think this is actually another Hogna species with these markings. I don't believe our Geos will have the orange racing stripe on the thorax.

And finally the true Holy Grail, from the open prairie habitat they are attempting to re-create at the Crowley's Nature center in NE AR. No racing stripe and the characteristic steeply curved sloping carapace. And the slightly different eye conformation due to this. Love that brushed hairy look. I have no idea which species this will be. Does not resemble the shots on bugguide of missouriensis or fatifera. But Geolycosa for now. 

And Norm was really trying to irritate me in 2014 further. Cheryl and he made a trip in August up to the Greene county site where they had seen many of the G. missouriensis suspects as above. Cheryl spotted two more towers. And in one of them they waited out this mother with a beautiful backclutch of Geolycosalets. This female is much darker. And look at those excellent youngsters. Norm said the mother would vanish into her hole and a few of the braver babies would wander up and peek out. Running for cover with any movement. Norm thinks that these may be turricola. A range extension from TN. I cannot prove it one way or another yet.

An adult from the same site, same day. Maybe the male. Norm was trying to show some differences beneath the legs. Any Geolycosa experts out there let us know what you think.

 

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