Wolf Spiders

One of the most frightening intruders of autumn is wolf spiders. According to this National Geographic article, they are “the sprinters of the spider world.” Unlike most spiders, they do not have webs. Instead, they sprint and pounce on their prey, making them even more terrifying!

Wolf spiders spend time close to the ground. Their color helps them blend into their elements very well. They can usually be found in holes they’ve dug under rocks or logs. That’s why they can be seen more often, is because they are not found where other spiders are usually found. A female spider will use her web to spin an egg sac that she attaches to her abdomen, and once the young spiders have hatched, they will climb onto their mother’s back and stay there until they’re old enough to live on their own.

The real question is, do wolf spiders bite humans? Yes. But, if a wolf spider does bite you, you may experience some redness, swelling, and even tissue damage. However, their bite is no where near as painful or worrying as some of their more aggressive relatives. Wolf spiders really only attack and bite if they feel threatened. They rarely come up to humans to pick a fight. They’re commonly found in North Carolina, but, interestingly enough, “some, such as the desertas wolf spider of Portugal and the Kaua’i cave spider of Hawaii, are endangered” (National Geographic).

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Wolf Spider facts. Animals. (n.d.). Retrieved October 7, 2021, from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/facts/wolf-spider.