that we have tarantulas in North-Eastern Kansas? I ask because I regularly see massive spiders that I thought were wolf spiders in the fall. They have to be at least a few inches across, darkish coloration(I see them primarily at night), and hairy! I love to watch these spiders as they do not seem to be too terribly aggressive and I love large spiders. I've even had some wolf spiders in my bedroom that are at least 2 inches across. Of course I relocate these outside. We also have a proliferation of Jumping Spiders in the spring and summer which remain in my house for all their lives. Anyway, could what I have been seeing be tarantulas? If so, what species? Aubrey
Being west of the Mississippi, you might have tarantulas, but I don't know if they occur that far north or not (anybody know?). If you are seeing tarantulas, ambling accross the road and fields, they're males, on the hunt for females. The famales live in burrows.