What is a Wolf Spider?

This spider may also be called the ground spider or the hunting spider, primarily because it does just that: hunts on the ground. In fact, the wolf spider does not build webs to capture its prey, but goes out at night to hunt it down. It can climb and swim, but rarely does unless hunting prey. When disturbed, this spider will retreat and can move very quickly. Because it does not build webs, the female wolf spider will keep its eggs with it or bury it in its tunnel.

What do they look like?

The wolf spider is1/2 inch to 2 inches long, and hairy with orangeish-brown to grey and black camouflage coloring, with splotches or stripes of color. Like all spiders, it has eight legs. But the wolf spider also has an additional two tiny leg- or arm-like appendages (pedipalps) extending out front.

Are Wolf Spiders dangerous?

There are about 125 species of wolf spider that are found in the U.S. alone. This species is very large and is considered by some to be one of the Top 10 Dangerous Spiders in the world. Although its bite is not lethal, it can be very painful. Some people may also be allergic to the bite of this – or any – spider, so medical attention should be sought anytime anyone is bitten.

Where will you find Wolf Spiders?

Wolf spiders may live just about anywhere that insects can be found on which to feed.They are most likely to be found on the ground in open areas, such as farm fields and grassy areas or harboring in ground tunnels, between firewood, under leaf litter or other ground clutter.In some areas, it can be a very common pest in the fall when it is seeking shelter"> against the cooling temperatures.In the home, they are most likely to be found around doors, windows, house plants, basements, and garages.

 

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