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Size: 3/4 inch

Color: Light Brown or Gray

Appearance: Small with long thin legs

Family Theridiidae

Family Araneidae

Family Theridiidae 

Family Sicariidae


 Size: 1/4 inch - 1/2 inch long

Family Lycosidae

Size: Female (left image) 3/8 inch - 1 3/8 inch. Male (right image) 1/4 inch - 3/4 inch

Color: Usually brown but some are black with pale yellow stripes

Appearance: Robust and large

Wolf Spiders are nocturnal creatures. Unlike most spiders, the female wolf spider do not make webs to capture food but as a shelter for younglings. The purpose of the male wolf spider is to mate with the female. After mating, the male is either eaten by the female or lives to mate with another female. The female carries her egg sacs on top of her abdomen and each egg sac contains approximately 100 eggs. During the day, they rest and at night they leave their home to hunt for food. Wolf spiders eat a variety of insects making them beneficial. The reason these spiders are called "wolf" spiders is because just live wolves, they hunt and chase their prey. When it comes to hunting for food or seeking shelter, wolf spiders sometimes accidentally enter structures and once they do enter, they will stay. Once inside, these spiders hide under furniture, doors, windows, and basements. Outside, they can be found under stones, firewood, and open fields. They will even make themselves a burrows.  

Wolf spiders are harmless to humans but will bite if they are threatened. The venom that the spiders carry is not dangerous unless the victim who is bitten has a allergic reaction to the venom. Symptoms of a wolf spider bite are redness, swelling, itching and mild pain.

Family Miturgidae

Family Theraphosidae

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