Wolf spiders are a special kind of spiders that are found all over the world. They are called as wolf spiders because unlike other spider kinds they don’t spin web to catch their prey. Instead they hunt their prey by pouncing upon them. Pouncing may be done either at the sight of the prey or sometimes after chasing them. As they have a hunting habit similar to wolves, they are called wolf spiders.
The biological family name of wolf spiders is Lycosidae. Lycos is the Greek word for wolf and hence the name Lycosidae. Eight eyes are the common and special physiological trait of wolf spider family. All members in the wolf spider family have eight eyes. Wolf spiders are also characterized by females carrying their young spiderlings and egg sacs with them on their back.
Wolf Spider pictures
Here are some images of wolf spider.
Wolf Spider Scientific Name, Diet, Size and Life Span
Here are the scientific name, diet, size, and life span details of the wolf spider.
The scientific name of wolf spider family is Lycosidae spp.
Food or Diet
It is already mentioned above that wolf spiders are good hunters. They hunt insects and thus diet-wise, they can be called insectivores. Wolf spiders hunt insects like crickets, cockroaches, fly-grubs, beetles etc.
Average life span of the wolf spider family is one year. They can rarely live upto 18 months.
Wolf Spider Size
Wolf Spider habitat
Wolf spiders can be found in nearly all terrestrial habitats. They can be found living in burrows or holes dug by them under the rocks or logs. During the autumn as the weather turns cooler, they can migrate to human inhabiting areas. They can be found inside buildings, homes or in shelters that nature provides.
Wolf spider appearance
Wolf spider bite
In humans, wolf spider bite can cause mild pain, itching, swelling etc. on the bit area of human skin. The pain or itching can last for 10 minutes.
Wolf spider mating
Three ways how wolf spiders hunt their prey
Wolf spider vs grass spider
Wolf spiders and grass spiders are similar in their appearance and thus often confused with each other. It needs careful observation to distinguish a wolf spider from a grass spider, because both of them have a similar color pattern over their head.
To distinguish wolf spider from a grass spider, look for the eye arrangement. The eye arrangement is different in wolf spider and grass spider.
Wolf spiders do not make webs, but grass spiders do.
Wolf spiders bite isn’t that uncommon. But the chances of a Grass spiders bite is very rare.
Wolf Spider eyes
One physiological trait of wolf spiders is that all the members in the wolf spider family have eight eyes. The eight eyes are located in three rows around their head.
Wolf Spider Carrying Babies
Wolf Spider facts
- There are more than thousand wolf spider species in the world.
- In US alone, there are more than 125 species of wolf spider species found.