None too sure what species of spider this fellow is (though I am pretty sure it’s a Wolf Spider – see below), but he was lurking in the basement and would happily sit on the palm of my hand with bits hanging over the edges.  Jolly smart fellow, he can stay.

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Wolf Spiders, according to our friends at Wikipedia:

Wolf spiders are members of the family Lycosidae, from the Greek word “?????” meaning “wolf”. They are robust and agile hunters, and have good eyesight. They live mostly solitary lives and hunt alone. Some are opportunistic wanderer hunters, pouncing upon prey as they find it or chasing it over short distances. Others lie in wait for passing prey, often from or near the mouth of a burrow.

note : the “Greek word “?????”” above should be in Greek script, it is in the original, but WordPress apparently has a problem with this.  Big sigh.