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Wolf Spider

Family Lycosidae

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Wolf Spiders are solitary hunters that do not rely on webs for capturing prey. Females carry their egg sacs attached to their spinnerets and, after the eggs hatch, carry their spiderlings on their backs for several weeks. These spiders are known for their parental care.


Wolf Spiders are carnivorous and primarily feed on insects and other small arthropods. They hunt at night, using their keen vision and speed to ambush prey. They inject venom to immobilize their prey and then consume it.

Wolf Spiders, belonging to the family Lycosidae, are large, agile hunters known for their speed and excellent vision. Unlike most spiders, they do not build webs to capture prey but hunt actively on the ground.


Wolf Spiders are medium to large-sized, with body lengths ranging from 0.4 to 1.2 inches. They have robust, hairy bodies with long legs and excellent eyesight provided by their large, prominent eyes. Their coloration is typically brown, gray, or black, often with distinctive patterns.


Wolf Spiders are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, deserts, and human dwellings. They prefer areas with abundant ground cover where they can hunt and hide, such as leaf litter, rocks, and logs. Indoors, they may be found in basements and crawl spaces.

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