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Spider Photos - Wolf Spiders

Here's some photos sent in by viewers. There are several types of wolf spiders and I have tried to group them accordingly below. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section.

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The surest way to recognize a wolf spider is by the general stout body shape, the eye arrangement and by the fact that they are usually not in a web. Their general body shape is somewhat stout with the cephalothorax and abdomen of about equal sizes. The legs also are stout, fairly even in length and strong enough to support the spiders weight. The legs can be compared to those of many web building spiders whose legs are much longer and thinner. In wolf spiders, the anterior eyes are made up of 4 small eyes in a row, and the posterior eyes are 4 large eyes arranged in two rows. From a front view, you can see a row of 4 small anterior eyes with two larger eyes above them and 2 eyes further back on the head. The large eyes are significant in their behaviour: wolf spiders do have good eyesight (especially for spiders) and use vision fairly extensively for prey capture, courtship and aggressive interactions. The posterior eyes give the spiders vision above them and behind them and are significant in avoiding predation or capture.

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Reply: An easy way to ID a wolf spider, its 2 large eyes reflect the light like 2 headlights - glen

23 December, 2009:
This beauty is from Odessa, TX. Summer of 2009. I'm having trouble deciding if it is a grass spider or a wolf spider. Charlotte[]

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Reply: This is a wolf spider  - glen
9  November, 2009:
Sir, I'm currently stationed in Chaghcharan, Afghanistan and we found a spider today, Happy Halloween anyway do you know what type it is and if dangerous we used the keys and the skoal box to show the size but what was different was the arrow marking on the tail and information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks SFC Donald

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Reply: No its not a funnel web, it's a wolf spider. You can clearly see the eye pattern in the last photo - glen
9 November, 2009:
Hello Glen. I came across your site whilst seaching the net for an identity on a spider that I thought may have been a funnelweb (I live in Sydney). Due to the information on your site, I now believe the spider in question to be a wolf spider. I took a few pics and include them here. Feel free to use them on your site if you wish. I would be interested in your opinion in the matter. Regards Alex

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Reply: This is a wolf spider and the 2nd one is mama wolf spider carrying her babies - glen
9  November, 2009:
Hello, I have discovered this type of spider in my house and yard twice now and I am curious if you can help me identify it. The photos attached show it with many baby spiders on its back and one without. I would really appreciate it if you could help as I am very concerned about it. Thank you for your time. David, Israel

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Reply: An easy way to ID a wolf spider, its 2 large eyes reflect the light like 2 headlights - glen

2 November, 2009:
I find them everywhere! Can they hurt my children? How to get rid of them? I had the house sprayed for spiders but it did not work! Ashlee

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Reply: This is a wolf spider - glen

26 October, 2009:
Hey, I keep finding these in my bedroom, crawling across the floor, and I'm not very excited about the idea of them in my bed! Here's a picture I took of the last one I found. Thanks for help identifying! If you need or want a better picture, I can do that, or photoshop this one to make it easier to see. Whitney

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Reply: This is a wolf spider - glen

23 October, 2009:
HI, love your site....I'm just not seeing how to upload....I am trying to find out what type of spider this is...thank you, Anne/ Buffalo, NY PS- he is my new friend who kept crossing paths with me today as I cleaned out my garage...I said you can live here. He is more grey color, this photo just looks reddish. He is 2 1/8" end to end. I'm thinking Wolf Spider.

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Reply: This is a mama wolf spider with her babies on her back - glen

14 October, 2009:
Hi Glen, My brother found this spider out in a field in the desert of Bakersfield, California. I've never seen anything like it, almost like a taranchula but not as hairy as the ones I've seen. The little "bumps" on her back are spiderlings, they can't be seen well in the photo. Can you help us figure it out?? Thanks Tree. Great website by the way, I really enjoyed it.

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10 October, 2009:
Aloha Glen - my name is Sarah - you helped me a while back identifying some spiders I kept catching in my home in Oahu, Hawaii. I have recently moved to Boulder, CO and am currently living at my sister's house in the country. We keep finding these insane spiders out here and I'm wondering if you could help me once again. My fear is that the spiders we keep finding are Hobo spiders. They are very large in size - bigger than a quarter. I've attached a photo to this email and have another photo of a similar spider that I will send tomorrow. If you zoom in on the photo you can actually see some fairly decent detail. The ones we've seen have been outside on our sidewalk, right outside of our front door....and we caught one inside our some the other night. They have really long legs. There is a river rock garden right outside out front door where we see some webs throughout. A0 In fact, in the photo I will send you tomorrow, the spider is just starting to spin or lay (whatever they do!) a web. We purchased some sticky traps tonight and they came with a spider identification card. The Hobo pictured on the card looks almost identical to the attached photo! We have a 14 month old and my sister is pregnant so I'm really concerned over the thought that these spiders may be Hobo's - I know this one also looks slightly like a barn funnel weaver or a wolf, but the one it seems to look most like is a hobo, so I'm really worried and thought of you immediately for help! THANK YOU! Best, Sarah

Reply: This is definitely a wolf spider and not a hobo - glen

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Reply: This is a wolf spider - glen

10 October, 2009:
Hi, Iím hoping you can help me identify this spider. I am finding an average of 2-3 of these spiders a week in my basement in and around my mess sink. The sink drains into my perimeter drain which runs into a large concrete box outside my house. The box is open (deteriorated) on one side. Anyway here is a picture of the spider I grabbed with pliers out of said sink. Iím hoping you can tell me what kind of spider Iím looking at, and if there is something I can do to get rid of them. I havenít seen that many of these until this year. I am in Duanesburg NY, in a rural area if it helps. Thanks, Wayne

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Reply: This is a wolf spider - glen

5 October, 2009:
Here is a cool picture I took of a spider off my steps. What type of spider is this? It's kind of creepy to me because you can see it's eyes in the picture. :) Thanks again, trinity.

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5 October, 2009:
Please share these freely with whomever would like them. I found this lil momma in my garage while cleaning - Jesse

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20 September, 2009:
We were just cleaning up around the our shed here in Northern Michigan when we stumbled upon this spider. We managed to take several photographs of it before letting it loose back around on the other side of the same shed where we found it. We tried to identify it but are not having much luck. Maybe you can help. Thank-you!!

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Reply: The eye pattern looks like that of a wolf spider - glen

9 September, 2009:
Do you recognize this spider? George & Linda

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Reply: This looks like a wolf spider - glen

9 September, 2009:
Hello, We are trying to identify this spider. The body was about 2 inches long and the legs spread out farther than that. It had been paralyzed by a spider wasp who was trying to drag it away, but we got a photo of it when the wasp dropped it. The spider was too big for the wasp to fly with, so she basically half flew, half dragged the spider to her nest. Anyway, just curious what it is? This was found in south central Michigan in September. Not too much water around, but there are some swampy areas here and there. Thanks! Leslie

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9 September, 2009:
We found this spider just outside our back door in Prosper, Texas. We used your website to try to identify it. It looks like it may be a female wolf spider carrying her babies. I was very thankful for your photos to help in her identification. Thanks you!!!!! Please feel free to share her photo. Raenie

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5 September, 2009:
Hi, I was in my garage and my husband found this very beautifull spider on the wall, As you can see it has an egg sac attached to its ab I thought maybe sum kind of weaver spider or grassy spider? We have never seen a spider quite so big. Its about the size of a fifty cent piece. We live here in Fairfield, CA. I very much enjoy your site and I did see somethin like it on your site, but there was no reply to that persons picture. Thanks. Natalie.

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3 September, 2009:
I am pretty certain that the spider I spend last night photographing is a wolf spider and I thought you wouldnt mind haveing a couple more photos to use on your site. Caught under my one year old sons bed. Sincerely, (f) Jamie

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28 August, 2009:
In iowa, just curious if you could identify- Thanks!

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23 August, 2009:
Thought you might be able to use these to add to your collection. I noticed a dark spot in the middle of my lawn one morning while I was getting ready for work. Upon closer examination, this is what I found. I confirmed my suspicions after checking out your very comprehensive web site. Thank you Lou M
Click for a larger view.

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6 August, 2009:
I woke up one morning and saw this spider in my bathroom sink. When I tried to take a picture the spider had some nerve to smile at me. We live in Texas and never saw one inside before.

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3 August, 2009:
Hi Glen Many thanks for the info about the little yellow spider....always best to ask an expert! I did look at Crab spiders on your site but maybe the thing that threw me was that they are able to change colour...what clever creatures! By way of thanks for the informatrion here's a pic for you...taken a few years ago when we were travelling in Ecuador. We were staying in a log cabin deep in the cloud forest and one day I found these two on the top of the door. I identified the brown one as a wolf spider (female) which had caught the black one (whatever it is....or was!) for breakfast! It was about 4 inches of body and I'm afraid I wasn't brave enough to put anything next to it as a guage before getting the photo! I love the amazing monkey face on the wolf! We have them here in Spain but not quite this big and certainly not with monkey faces on their backs! Thanks again..... Yvonne

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Reply: This is a female wolf spider carrying her spiderlings on her back.
 

3 August, 2009:
I found this spider outside my house in Tennessee. You can't really see the see the actual size of it but it is huge please email me back when u identify thank you!

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Reply: This is a wolf spider.
 

12 July, 2009:
Is there anyway you can identify this spider. It was in my brother in lawís shoe. I am having no luck identifying it. Thanks..

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Reply: This is a wolf spider.

4 July, 2009:
HI I AM SENDING A PIC OF A LARGE SPIDER THAT I FOUND OUTSIDE MY BARN TONIGHT WHEN I WENT OUT TO GET PICS OF THE STRANGE GROUND DWELLERS I FOUND LAST NIGHT

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Reply: This is a mama wolf spider and her babies.

30 June, 2009:
Hey glen i took this pic yesterday in Steamboat springs Co June 27th 09 Creepy Sarah

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29 June, 2009:
I found this spider in my garage, right next to the door to the house, not in a web, just wandering.

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26 June, 2009:
Great website! This is one of my favorite things to do. Macro photography! Here is a pic of a wolf mama and her babies. Found this trying to come in my front door!! I let her go after I was done taking pics and grossing out my kids! Feel free to share my photo Jenn, Mulvane, Ks

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13 June, 2009:
To: Whom it may concern, Please review the attached pictures of the spider, as I would greatly appreciate any assistance or opinion on what type of spider this may be. The spider was found in our bathroom of our lower floor apartment here in Sacramento, CA. My family and I have noticed a few of these spiders as many as five times within the last two weeks, some smaller than others. Thank you, in advance for your assistance and opinion as we have already alerted the landlord to inform him of the consistency of this problem. Inclusively, please feel free to use our pictures of this spider at your discretion as I have researched your sight and find the information educational as others may find the picture and your information. Best Regards, Eric

Reply: This is a wolf spider, you can see the distinctive eye pattern if you enlarge this picture - glen

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5 June, 2009:
Glen, Want to know what kind of spider this is and is it carrying babies on its back or what???? I am from a small town in North Carolina and this picture was taken on a dirt road in Stone Mtn State Park. Just looks like a cool spider.....I send a large picture for you to inspect. Also, how do you answer my question? Email? Please let me know. Thanks. Travis H >

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Reply: This is a  female wolf spider carrying her babies - glen

3 June, 2009:
Glen, Want to know what kind of spider this is and is it carrying babies on its back or what???? I am from a small town in North Carolina and this picture was taken on a dirt road in Stone Mtn State Park. Just looks like a cool spider.....I send a large picture for you to inspect. Also, how do you answer my question? Email? Please let me know. Thanks. Travis H >

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3 June, 2009:
we found this spider yesterday in the grass,we would like to know what kind a spider that is, location Jacksonville,FL. thank you in advance Eli

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Reply: This is a  female wolf spider carrying her babies - glen

28 May, 2009:
Hello, I am looking to identify the Spider I found in the back yard last week. Location: The Caribbean: Turks & Caicos Islands. I attach a big picture so you can better see it :) Thanks! Aaron

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Reply: I think this is a  wolf spider too - glen

28 May, 2009:
Hello....i live in Central California, and when i walked on to my back patio tonight i saw this HUGE spider just sitting on part of our couch. We live in the country, with horses and a goat, but I've never seen a spider so big and scary in my entire life. (well except for a tarantula) But when my friend tried to catch it, one of the spiders legs got stuck under the jar and got cut off. I've looked but i can't seem to find something that look's like it....can you please help me?! Thank You Michele

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Reply: I think this is a  wolf spider  - glen

18 May, 2009:
Hello, I didnt know who else to send this to but here is a spider that we found on the wall by our garage door. This one is 1 of 4 that we found hanging outside and we have no clue what it it.......hopefully you will be able to tell us. Thank you so much Marcie

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Reply: This is a female wolf spider carrying her babies - glen

18 May, 2009:
Hello, I stumbled upon your site when browsing the internet trying to find out more about this spider. If you could help me out with identifying it, it would be greatly appreciated. sorry about the picture quality, it was late and i just happened to notice it when i went out into the garage and snapped a photo with my phone really quick. Thanks, Steve.

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4 May, 2009:
Found this near edmonton alberta thanks. peter

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4 May, 2009:
Hello, I've been browsing your web site trying to figure out what this might be, I'm not having much success. Can you tell from these pictures what it could be? I live in southwest Michigan and found it in my basement this afternoon. It really freaked me out and it's been jumping all around under the glass when I move it, but the more I look at the pictures the more amazing it really is. Your website is awesome! Thanks so much! Janelle

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4 May, 2009:
I live in Dillsburg PA can you identify this spider? I want to let him loose outside , We found two of them in the house.are they dangerous? Thanks for any help you can give.

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Reply: This is a  wolf spider. glen Click for a larger view.

25 March, 2009:
Hi, I stumbled across your site trying to find out what type of spider I photographed (Wolf maybe). By the way your site scares the hell out of me! I hate spiders! Thanks, Kevin

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12 February, 2009:
 
Glen: I hope this is still a good email for you! I hope you are doing well! I had visited your interesting website a few years ago, and I hadn't written back because I never took that picture of the big spiders that come in here in the Fall (I live in Monroe County, close to Bloomington, IN). But I just happened to remember, this morning, that my nephew had taken a picture of a big one that came into the house (before he killed it!) this past Fall. Lots of times they pop out in the bathrooms, from behind something, or we see them in the middle of the living room. He got pretty close to it with his camera ( ick!) so it flashed pretty light against the linoleum floor, and it looks lighter than they really are--but I think he did a good job. You had told me if I sent you a pic of one of them, you would help me identify it. These are the big brown ones, some seem like they get almost two inches--counting legs! I have a feeling that these brown ones are wolf spiders, because I heard some people say that there are ones in the trees out in the county, and the story is that some of them get to be about four or six inches big, but I don't know if that is an old wives tale! Please let me know what you think if you can. I just want to know how poinsonous these are (and I'll try at some point, to get a real pic of the black ones sometime), because we have SO many of them coming in in Sept/Oct and I'm still sort of afraid of getting bit sometime. . So that's the only reason--I seem to have a sensitivity to bites of any kind. Well, thanks again for your help. I know it's kind of early to be thinking about the Fall spiders, but spiders and bugs will start coming out outside pretty soon, and I just wanted to see if I could identify it... --Marsha M.

Reply: This is definitely a wolf spider, you can tell from the arrangement of the eyes. However they don't usually live in trees as they are a ground dwelling hunting spider rather than a web spinning spider. They do wander a lot and are often reported in houses but outside in the garden is their more normal habitat. PS I tried twice to email back a reply but got a service unavailable message, I hope you see this on the website!!- glen

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Reply: This is a female wolf spider and she is carrying her babies on her back. Huntsman spiders don't do that or live in burrows. glen

17 January, 2009:
i have a feeling these are all wolf spiders besides one. the first two pictures were taken in my kitchen in the middle of night. dark brown to black with bands of darker color going down the body. the second from the bottom was yellowish and hanging out on my bathroom wall. not sure what kind that is. and the last one was found in my friends room a long time ago in a corner. about the size of a nickel. i really thought you'd just appreciate the pictures of the wolf spider with her babies, and would love to see them on your site. thanks! -pat

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