Didn’t have to go far to find this fellow – last week we brought in dahlia and canna lily bulbs/tubers from the garden.  While preparing the canna lily for winter, J found a large and a hairy spider amongst them.  Rather a fine specimen, getting on for 2 inches across.

Impossible to tell its colour though – as you will see from the photos that follow, on a white background it looked brown but on leaf litter it was grey … and extremely well camouflaged.

Handsome – and probably not a chap, but a female. Wolf spider (fam: Lycosidae) of which there are some 200 North American species so ID is not getting any more precise.