Wolf Spider

What is it about seeing spiders close-up that gives us the creeps? Especially those hairy and big spiders… like that Wolf Spider on your thigh. Heh, just kidding, let go of the chandelier and keep reading. Wolf Spiders (family Lycosidae) have eight eyes like most spiders but the central pair are much larger than the other six, giving its shaggy, fanged face an especially sinister aspect. Wolf Spiders are found in virtually every part of the world not covered with ice or snow, and their bodies can grow to just over an inch wide.

They are usually active at night and capture their pry by hunting rather than waiting in a web. Many type of wolf spiders are found in different environments, in summer they can be found in locations like woods, open grasslands and along lakes and streams. The life cycle of a wolf spider is interesting. The female spider produces an egg sac that contains over a hundred eggs that she attaches to the spinnerettes at the end of the abdomen. When the spiderlings develop, the female opens the sac and the spiderlings climb onto her abdomen, holding the hair on her body. They stay like this for a week after which they disperse.

Wolf spiders will only bite if they are provoked. Wolf spiders have eight eyes that are arranged in three rows with the first two comprising of four small eyes, the second containing two larger eyes and the third row containing two medium-sized eyes. Like all other spiders, wolf spiders also have four pairs of legs. There are a pair of leg like palps (sensory appendages located near the mouth) that are located in front of the walking legs and are used for sperm storage in males. The wolf spider is blessed with a disc that is located at the back of their eyes. This enables them to see at night.

Ugly Animals - Wolf Spider


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

You left out a very important fact people deserve to know about Wolf Spiders: THEY JUMP CRAZY HIGH.

I had the misfortune of wandering around the house one night when a fairly large one was out and about and I startled it without realizing it was there... until it jumped three feet straight up in the air to land on a curtain. Freaked me out!

I tolerate them though, because they're not dangerous to humans, and they get big enough to eat the really creepy critters like roaches or palmetto bugs. Which, when you live in Florida, is kind of awesome.

Anonymous said...

omg this thing scares me more than a black widow *shivers*

Anonymous said...

yeah.... wolf spiders dont "JUMP"!...

Anonymous said...

Wolf spiders are my favorite spider. I use to leave in a basement and these guys would eat the cave crickets. : ) Handle them is pretty easy too.

Anonymous said...

I miss one off the ugliest animals:

the scorpion spyder

believe me that's one ugly animal

I'm lucky, I'm Dutch, whe haven't got much ugly / scary animal overhere

Anonymous said...

*Spider looking out from tunnel to camera* Oh HAI Mr. Camera guy! I'ma chill here while you take photos of meh. :D

Anonymous said...

I must be weird, but I think Wolf Spiders are adorable. And I think all spiders have very cute faces and beautifully colored eyes.

Anonymous said...

When I was ten, I was told to clean the house and being the good girl I was, I proceeded too. Living in Texas, we have some pretty gnarly critters, so I was used to spiders. Then this wolf spider came out and it had babies ALL OVER ITS BACK. I tried to sweep it in a jar to put it outside when the babies went BERSERK and scattered everywhere.


Thus, my arachnophobia.

FAkimoto said...

Once a baby wolf spider crawled on my dogs back and almost took a giant chunk outta his back. My father flicked it in a bucket and, being six, my sister and I decided to stupidly poke it with a pencil... Good times^^

Anonymous said...

I HATE THIS WEBSITE ITS SO HORRIBLE TO ANIMALS AND THERE NATURE.THIS IS ANIMAL BULLYING THEY CAN DIE BECAUSE OF THIS i.hate.you.people
Sincerly
Spider
P.s..i tried not to curse you out:)

Anonymous said...

To the person who posted on 5th of March; I don't know if you're joking, it doesn't seem like you are. If you aren't then you are an immensely stupid person, and are the reason why the world is going downhill.

Animals die because someone posts pictures of them on a blog? Do you not think before you say things, or are you brain damaged?

ryan fang said...

dammit no more comments that was fun lol (

Anonymous said...

OMG! Dang spiders. They all creeps me out! D;

Aaron Burt said...

awsome pics they looks like my mate tommas landborne

Puppies Images said...

All spiders gives me the creeps except for those little spiders I used to play with in our backyard.

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