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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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OTHER WOLF SPIDERS (1)

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: Maybe a Tassie wolf spider -  glen

5 November, 2016:
Hello Glen! I found this spider out the back of my home a few days ago in Tasmaina and I am very interested in what type of spider he was. I was just wondering if you could identify this species for me? Thankyou!

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Reply: Looks like a wolf spider -  glen

5 November, 2016:
Hi Glen, found this beautiful specimen in the Cumbaya/Tumbaco area of Ecuador the other day. Any idea what it could be?

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Reply: Looks like a wolf spider -  glen

5 November, 2016:
Came across your site, wondered if you could help me identify this scary (but probably harmless) spider. Its about as long as my thumb, and was on a bale of hay in the barn in Western New York. Scared the pants off a friend of mine. Thanks!

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Reply: Looks like a male wolf spider -  glen

5 November, 2016:
My children found this spider this morning in the open cat litter box. Can you tell me what it is? My son says he was bitten as he was catching it. Need to know if it's dangerous or if it can be released. Thanks! Michal

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Reply: Looks like a male wolf spider -  glen

5 November, 2016:
Hi, I found this spider near Quito, Ecuador. Could you identify it for me? Thanks in advance!

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Reply: Looks like a male wolf spider -  glen

5 November, 2016:
I live in NW Georgia, and have found several spiders that look just like this. All were in the garage, and none of them were near webs. I am guessing it's a male wolf spider, though it's a little small for a wolf spider. The attached pictures are close-up shots; I am guessing the spider is about .5 - 1 inch long, excluding the legs. Very nice web site; thanks in advance! -Frank

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Reply: Maybe some sort of Wolf Spider -  glen

11 May, 2016:
I can't really tell what it is, but it's about the size of my hand.. It's got 8 legs (duh) a big butt, two black stripes on the sides of his head and it's a Greyish color.

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Reply: Maybe some sort of Wolf Spider -  glen

10 May, 2016:
Hello, I was wondering if you had any thoughts as to this spider. My family has been living in the mountains of Ecuador for the past year and came across this guy in their yard. Point of reference for size is that the stick is 1 1/2" in diameter. Any thoughts? -Corinne from Virginia who now, doesn't want to visit Ecuador... 😉 JK

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

9 May, 2016:
We can't decide if this is some species of Huntsman or just a very large female wolf. The board she is spanning is a 2x6 so a good 5-6 inch span.

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

5 May, 2016:
Hello Glen I live in Adelaide, Australia. Please, help me to identify the spiders. The grey one usually live in the backyard, but I have met 4 big spiders in a house. And 6 of them I have met in the backyard during the 5 month. And the black one. I have met it in the hole between the bricks. The others I don't know I have met them in my bedroom((. Many thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -- Regards, Olesia

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

24 April, 2016:
Seen in Santa Fe, NM, USA. About 3 inches leg tip to leg tip. Thanks! Elissa

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Reply: This is  probably a Wolf Spider -  glen

31 March, 2016:
I dug this spider out of a burrow that was c.6 inches deep, perfectly cylindrical and capped with a near-invisible cap over it. There are many trapdoor burrows around my backyard and the spiders living in them are 'typicalí brown trapdoors. The ground-level entrance to the burrow had a cap over it similar to a trapdoorís. The spider is currently residing in an unused plastic sugar container with plenty of bugs to munch on. My son and his girlfriend did an extensive search of known Australian spiders but came up empty for a definitive answer as to its type. I look forward to your opinion as to what type of spider this is.

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

31 March, 2016:
Hi Glen, I spoke with you a few months back... you helped me identify a creepy pesky intruder and I have yet another one for you. I am 99.99% sure that it is a wolf spider, but attached are the pictures I just took a few moments ago. (*note the first few are of the unfortunate creature alive,.. the last few,.. not so much). I didn't want to have to kill him but when he retreated back into the wall, about 20 or 30 minutes later I stuffed the hole hoping to block it from coming back in, but about another 20 or 30 minutes later I saw him yet again. Now halfway through the house and getting near where my 5 rabbits are housed. I had no choice but to have my husband take care of it. It broke my heart but I had to make a choice out of safety for us and our pets. Hope these photos can be useful to you for your website and teaching measures. I enhanced the coloring on them so that they are clearer. Thanks, Kristi

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

20 January, 2016:
Hi, I have several holes in my lawn in canberra and finally was able to see one of the spiders living inside. The hole has a door as you can see from the picture but it isn't hinged. The length of the body is approx 2cm. I guess I'm most concerned about whether this spider is dangerous/venomous. Thanks for your help, Kate

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Reply: Nice photos. This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

17 January, 2016:
Hello, I found your site and all of its amazing spider photos. I went through quite a few but have not yet found something that matches the spider we saw today. See attached photos. It ran in from the outside when we opened our basement door. After some pictures, I sent it back out and took a couple more on the driveway. I've never seen one this big around here before (Brentwood, TN). Any idea what it is? Thank you! Charles

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

17 January, 2016:
Found this lady on my bamboo... I've been coming home at night to webbing across my drive in about the area I found her... I'm not sure if she's the one spinning 15 foot webs at night, I'm in southwest Florida. I though this might be a jumping spider, or a wolf spider but could not find a picture that matched, quite right... Thanks Keri

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

17 January, 2016:
Greetings, I recently found this spider in the storage building at my home in Virginia. Can you tell me what it is?

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Reply: This is a female Wolf Spider with her egg sac -  glen

17 January, 2016:
Hello, We (unfortunately haha) have several of these guys and gals roaming around our house and garden outside. Every one I've seen has been quite large with a leg diameter larger than a quarter, quite possibly a half dollar. Can you help identify it/them? I was thinking it belongs to the grass spider/weaver family? It's a dark brown/almost black with a cream colored vertical stripe. Best, Brittany

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Reply: This is a male Wolf Spider  -  glen

17 January, 2016:
Found it on my tent ... Central Arkansas. Wolf spider, perhaps? Great site, btw. Jason

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider carrying her babies. -  glen

17 January, 2016:
Found this lovely out back on our porch about 9pm, my wife pointed out that it looks like it has babies on its back; it was about the size of a quarter with legs . My name is Louis, I live in Concord, CA near the San Francisco Bay Area. Hope you enjoy!

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider carrying her babies. Pity you flung it into the neighbour's yard!!!- glen

17 January, 2016:
Hello Ė I found this spider in the skimmer of my pool. It had a ton of babies on itís back. I got it on a stick and flung it into the neighborís yardÖ J Dennis

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider - glen

17 January, 2016:
I have caught 5 of these in the last 3 weeks. Massive....

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Reply: There is a spider called a Carolina Wolf Spider which looks similar to this one - glen

17 January, 2016:
I have always been told it's a wolf spider but I can't seem to find images relating to it. I have seen quite a few in the desert sands of Oman.

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17 January, 2016:
I found this spider on my compound in Saudi Arabia. Do you know what it is? I'm intrigued to find out.

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17 January, 2016:
I was just wondering what kind of spider this is Thanks, Christopher

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17 January, 2016:
Hi there. Great site! I ran into this little guy the other day. Thinking a Wolf but wasn't sure. Can you clarify? I live in South Louisiana. Thanks so much :)

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17 January, 2016:
These are two spiders I have found in USA, in Missouri, east of Kansas City. The first looks like a female wolf spider in a way but does not have the back markings so I was not sure. It was the size of a medium tarantula tho...I have seen a million wolf spiders living in this area but never one of this size/coloration so I was wanting to know if I was correct. The second spider I found I have no clue about, it was on the side of a building I was working on. If you could get me any info on what these spiders are I would really appreciate it! Thank you, Nathan

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17 January, 2016:
Hi Glen, We recently moved to Costa Rica from the US and I came across this guy in my laundry room. He was about fist size and I'm thinking he might be some kind of Wolf Spider. What do you think?

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28 November, 2015
Hi my name is Troy, and for the past 5 months I've been collecting wolf spiders. Upon capturing the first 3, one of them developed an egg sack, so I then isolated her and captured a few more. I am so fascinated with watching and taking pictures of them its crazy. I'm sending you some photos (all taken with my S5) to share. So I'm currently at the point of what do I do with the babies? I've placed a medium sized spider in the same tank as mom. Potential crowd control. They have been content with crickets ,worms, and random bugs. What would be best for the little ones? Should I place another in mama's tank, the adults will eat the youngsters, correct? Thanks in advance for any advice. Please use some pictures on your web page, if you want. Thanks again Troy

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3 Nov, 2015:
This guy was indoors San Marcos Texas. Body was approximately the size of a silver dollar. First guess was Wolf Spider but the markings don't quite match. It was disturbed from hiding spot and a similar but much smaller spider was with it. Thanks for your help.

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

26 Oct, 2015:
In the mountains of Utah, legs spread about the size of a penny Thanks Randy

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

15 Oct, 2015:
I live on a remote island of the San Juan Islands of WA State, and Iíve been spending a couple of days trying to ID this spider that is common on the driftwood of the beach. Its body is about 1 cm long, which seems kind of small for most of the wolf spiders Iíve been seeing on the internet. Can you help me? Hopefully the photos give you what you need. The first one shown is a different individual than the rest (it was dead and crunched up a little). Thanks, Kelli

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

15 Oct, 2015:
Hello, I moved into a new place recently and found this roommate on the first night, perched on a plunger handle in a utility sink. I'd never seen a spider this big that wasn't a tarantula. I'm assuming it's a very well-fed fishing spider, but am curious to hear your opinion. That's my (adult male) hand in the picture for scale. The spider was released outside. Thanks, and take care.

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12 Oct, 2015:
Found this while looking for insects in the Australian Capital Territory. Think she's a wolf spider.

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

7 Oct, 2015:
What is this

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

6 Sept, 2015:
Hello, I just took this picture of a spider near my boat dock. I am located in Missouri if that helps. Thank you Bill

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

27 July, 2015:
Hi Ė didnít see many spiders on a recent holiday to Moncarapacho, Algarve, but this was in the house on the last night. Was about 2Ē long perhaps. Sorry pics arenít great. Any ideas? Thanks, Pete

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

25 July, 2015:
Hello, I took this picture of a fast moving spider here on base in Kabul Afghanistan. Can you help me identify it? Thanks! Respectfully, Julie

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Reply: This is a Wolf Spider -  glen

18 July, 2015:
I took a picture of a spider but dont know what kind or if it could do harm can u please help me my name is joe camp

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5 February, 2015
Spider i found in my living room. Not aggressive, just wanted to run away. Probably between 3-4cm long, the cup's diameter is 8cm. I live in Buenos Aires.

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5 February, 2015
Good day We live in Limpopo south Africa and found this spider in my garden I think its either a wolf spider or a female ladybird spider not sure My mom said it looks like a barkspider? Please help Thank you

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5 February, 2015
This was in my friend's garden. Can you ID it please?

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5 February, 2015
Is this a Wolf Spider? I live in SE Kansas (Labette County)

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5 February, 2015
What kinda Spider is this?

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5 February, 2015
Iím assuming your name is Glen because of your email address I live in northern new Hampshire in the White Mountains. This spider (attached photo, the lighter is for size comparison ) was walking across my yard. Donít worry I protected it from the men in my house who wanted to kill it. I relocated it. What kind of spider is it? Pamela

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5 February, 2015
Can you identify please.. south central Pennsylvania spider. thanks Connie

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5 February, 2015
Hi, Glen. New to the page, but a big fan. My son and I love looking at the spiders here near the Poconos in PA, USA. Can you help us be sure if this is a wolf? Much obliged for your time. Bill & Cameron

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5 February, 2015
beautiful wolf spider I caught a week ago...

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5 February, 2015
I was supposed to be watching a tree being trimmed, I was more taken by this youngster by my feet. .

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5 February, 2015
I found this spider crawling on my living room floor which was quite alarming considering the size can you help in identifying this spider.

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5 February, 2015
This is a big guy from Southern Colorado. Pretty aggressive and actually more grey than he looks in the picture. Thanks!

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4 February, 2015
Hi. I live on the bass coast of Victoria and was wondering what type of friend this may be. I love spiders and this is carrying its young. Thanks for your time. Steve.

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4 February, 2015
Hi Glen - I have been trying to identify a spider I saw on a hike in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. I believe it is a wolf spider, but wanted to try to verify. Attached is a picture (higher resolution available if needed). Thanks in advance and happy holidays. Adam

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Reply: We are pretty sure its a wolf spider: Hoggicosa storri formerly known as Lycosa Storri - Australian wolfspider I believe - Mike

4 February, 2015
Hi I live in Western Australia and this little fellow who was very aggressive pop out from under my freezer. Iíve looked at every photo I can find but I cannot find a good match. Any ideas? Cheers Mike

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