cottonwood arizona


This spider looked like a grass spider, the common kind you might see anywhere in the west, except for its size.  Its body, excluding the legs, was at least 1.5 inches long.  If you are familiar with cottonwood leaves, look at the dry leaves in the second photo for a sense of scale.

Cochise County, Arizona (the home of big, healthy spiders), February 2017.  

Update from tobyaudax and britsnana2: She’s a wolf spider, though the stripes are common in grass spiders.