Sunday, September 26, 2010

Florida Wolf Spider with Young

Florida Wolf Spider





(click to enlarge)

Wolf spiders are large, hairy spiders that are typically mottled brown to gray in color with various markings or lines. They also have two large, forward-looking eyes in the middle of their face.

Size:
Range from ½ to 2-inches in length.

Behavior:
Most wolf spiders have stout bodies and long, thick legs. Their bodies are low to the ground even when walking or running, giving them the appearance of continually being on the prowl. As skilled daytime hunters, their dull coloring helps to camouflage them as they hunt along the ground. “Wolf spider” is a common name for any of a group of ground-dwelling hunting spiders that are not associated with webs. There are more than 2000 species and are large enough to sometimes be mistaken with tarantulas.

The hunting strategies of Florida wolf spiders are perhaps the most diverse of any spider group. Many are active, wandering hunters during the day in sunny areas along the ground and in vegetation; others hunt at night and remain in silk-lined “retreats” during the day. Others live and hunt in aquatic environments, walking on the surface of ponds or on submerged vegetation. Some wolf spiders dig burrows in which they lie in wait for passing insects and other prey. Of the Florida spiders that dig burrows, some add a moveable trap door at the burrow entrance while others build an elevated lookout point.

The female wolf spider lays eggs in a large sac, which can often be as large as her own body. She attaches the egg sac to her body, and carries it with her until the eggs hatch. She then tears open the egg sac and the newly hatched spiders climb onto her back where they remain for up to a week. They do not usually breed indoors or in homes.

Research from FloridaBugs.com!

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

9 comments:

Gary J Sibio said...

Great catch!

The Write Girl said...

Hi Craig,

This spider sure is enjoying his swim. I don't think I'd want to encounter this critter. Thanks for sharing though!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What a great spider and photographs Craig!! That pool must have seemed very tempting to her. I must say I would not like to have to carry my babies around like that.

Wendy said...

What a great capture!

Elettra said...

great macro I would say a spider model

The Early Birder said...

Super capture Craig. Takes baby minding to a new level..lol. FAB.

Heartless said...

You have great photos.

Congrats and keep up ^^

sebi_2569 said...

superb; bravo

Country Mouse Studio said...

okay this officially my least favorite spider to look at.