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Spider Photos - Burrowing Wolf  Spiders

Here's some photos sent in by viewers. Wolf Spiders are large, hairy spiders which are usually patterned with a mixture of black, gray, and brown.  Wolf spiders, especially large ones, look very similar to spiders in the Pisauridae family (nursery web and fishing spiders), but wolf spiders are usually more robust, with shorter legs.  There are more than 2000 wolf spider species. Wolf spiders have 8 eyes.  As with all spiders, wolf spiders have 8 legs, 2 body parts (cephalothorax and abdomen), and fang-like mouthparts called "chelicerae."  Like all spiders, young wolf spiders hatch from eggs and look like tiny adults.  They shed their skin as they grow.  Most wolf spiders live for several years.  In many species, female wolf spiders lay dozens of eggs at one time and wrap them in a large ball of web.  The female will then carry the carry the eggsac with them until the spiderlings hatch.  Upon hatching the, spiderlings will live on the mothers back for a few weeks until they are large enough to hunt on their own. Wolf spiders are active hunters that patrol the ground for insects, other spiders, and similar creatures.  They do not use webs to capture prey.  They live by the thousands in leaf litter and grassy areas.  Some wolf spiders build small burrows and defend a territory, others are free-roaming.  Because they are so numerous, and such voracious predators, wolf spiders are a very important part of any ecosystem in which they occur. Wolf spiders are not normally pests, but they often wander into homes.  They can bite, but they are not considered dangerous.  Wolf spiders look similar to brown recluses, and are often killed because they resemble these dangerous spiders.  With a little practice, it is easy to tell the difference between wolf spiders and brown recluses. 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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Spiders in Amber Closeups Ant & Wasp Mimicking Spiders
Argiopes/St. Andrew's Cross Barn Funnel Weaving Spider Basilica  Spiders
Bird Dropping Spiders Black House Spiders Bolas Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders Candy Stripe Spiders Common House Spider
Crab Spiders Cyclosa Conica Daddy Long Legs
Daring Jumping Spiders Fishing Spiders Funnel Web (Aus)
Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers Ghost Spider
Giant House Spider Golden Orb Weavers Grass spiders/Funnel Weavers
Ground Spiders Hacklemesh Weavers Hobo Spiders
Huntsman Spiders Jewelled Spiders Jumping Spiders
Ladybird Spiders Leaf Curling Spiders Long Jawed Orb Weavers
Lynx Spiders Marbled Orb Weavers Micarathena
Mouse Spiders Mygalomorphs Net casting Spider
Nursery Web Spiders Parson Spiders Pirate Spiders
Pseudoscorpion Purseweb Spider Red & Black Spiders
Redback Spiders Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spiders Running Crab Spiders
Scorpion Spiders Segestria Florentina Solfugids/Camel Spiders
Southern House Spiders Spider Tats Spitting Spiders
Steatoda Tailless Whip Scorpions Tarantulas
Tengellid Spiders Trapdoor Spiders Two Spined Spiders
Venusta Orchard Spiders

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White Tailed Spiders
Widow Spiders Wolf Spiders Woodlouse Hunters
Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders Zoropsis spinimana  
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Carolina Wolf Spiders Rabid Wolf Spiders Burrowing Wolf Spiders


The Burrowing Wolf Spider is a large Wolf Spider.  It is often difficult spider to see because it is found in sandy areas and it lives in a burrow underground, and is usually hidden from view. Look for these cute furry spiders at the mouths of their silk-lined burrows in sand dunes when the weather is nice not too hot and not too cold. The Burrowing Wolf Spider has a body up to 20 mm long, not including the eight hairy legs. The body is grey and speckled in black  just like the sand it hides in. This dune predator lies in wait near the top of its burrow until something small and unwary wanders by. The spider seldom leaves its protective burrow.

Reply: Looks like a burrowing wolf spider - glen

19 June, 2014:
Found in my garden in Colorado, USA. Wolf? Orb weaver? Hobo? Thank you!


26 January, 2014:
G'day Glen I sent you a pic a while back and you were a great help! Just thought I'd ask your opinion again. We have just noticed about 10 holes in our front yard here in Sydney and thought nothing of them until we noticed one had a web with a slight funnel around the entry and FREAKED OUT! Haha!
We decided to pour a jug of water down one of the holes and see what popped out....

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19 December, 2013:
I happened to capture this Wolf a few years back and thought you might want the picture. Publish it if you want - Starke M

19 December, 2013:
Hi Glen I took these photo's of this spider in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe this month. It caught a termite and ate it. Is it a wolf spider or baboon spider ?? Many thanks Catherine

Reply: How perfectly does this blend in with the sand!! This is probably a female burrowing wolf spider  carrying her babies - glen

4 August, 2013:
Hi Glen, My kids and I found this spider on the beach of Lake Michigan in the upper peninsula of Michigan. It is very unusual and blends well with the beach surroundings. We have tried searching for the name of it without any luck. Could you help us? Thank you, Melissa y

29 May, 2013:
We found this coming out of a bag of potatoes purchased at our local Walmart today. We live in north central Illinois. I would only visibly see four eyes on it. My husband picked it up with a tent stake and put in sealed container. When he went to pick it up it did not jump at him. Please any input would be great

29 May, 2013:
Hello. Great website! Very informative. I've now spent an hour or two trying to identify this spider, but with no luck--it seems to me that it could be one of several different varieties. I found it on the side of my garage in Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh). It's just above a small flower bed. I have a toddler who often plays in this area, so I'm wondering if I have anything to worry about. Thanks in advance for your help. Best, Melissa

Reply: This is a burrowing wolf spider - glen

26 April, 2013:
Hi Glen, I'm having a time trying to identify this spider. I thought I knew but then looked at the descriptions and the other pictures and am uncertain again. Was thinking Hacklemesh Weaver since it's in the same area where I saw the spider that I took picture and sent the other day was, but it's very black in the sun. Almost like velvet. Just read about trapdoor spiders and decided to call it quits and just ask. I was digging in dirt that was under a shed we just tore down and noticed this spider was crawling out of an old groundhog hole/tunnel area. It moved fairly quickly and out of the 8 pictures I was able to take, this one is the better one. About 4 feet away, a wolf spider crawled out and yet another spider (grass most likely) on the opposite side of the first 2. Any help is greatly appreciated! Julia

Reply: This is a burrowing wolf spider - glen

26 April, 2013:
I found this lovely lady in my back yard in south Mississippi. I got several shots of her but this is my favorite. She slipped away as I tried to get another angle. She was under a pile of dead leaves that I had disturbed. I'm not sure of her species, I thought you might.

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Reply: This is a burrowing wolf spider - glen

26 August, 2012:
My sister found this in her backyard on a dogís stuffed animal. She lives in Palm Coast Florida. She said it was as big as the palm of her hand. What do you think??? Diana

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Reply: This is probably a burrowing wolf spider of some sort - glen

10 October, 2009:
Hi Please would you be kind enough to identify this spider for me (two photos attached)? It was found on a wall in southern Cyprus, where it stayed without moving for most of the day. I would be really grateful for your help. Kind regards Trisha.

Reply: This is a wolf spider - glen

16 October, 2009:
we are pretty sure this is a Wolf Spider, but would like to verify it. We have never come across one so large - it was moving across our patio in the leaves. It's the largest spider we have ever come across here in Ontario, Canada. Are you able to confirm? it is missing a leg on it's left side. Thanks Tina

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Reply: This is a wolf spider - glen

14 October, 2009:
hey glen, i attached a spider picture that i found outside my house in massachusets.
can you inform me what spider it is ? it seems abit big for a normal garden spider.
please let me know, would be a huge help.

Click for a close-up of the eyes which show the typical wolf spider eye pattern.


28 June, 2009:
Buddy of mine said he found this wandering around a cabin we built last year. I didnít see it, but he got some pictures. I know they arenít good top view, but was hoping you could help identify. We live in Southern Indiana. I have never seen anything like this around. Buddy said it was like 6Ē or better in size? Thanks Bill


13 June, 2009:
This Spider was spotted in the town of Williston Fla. at night on the side of a house in April of this year. Good luck. Michael

Reply: This is a  wolf spider. glen

17 March, 2009:
I found this in my pool. Approximately 2 " in length. Thank you for your time. Travis

26 October, 2007:
I live in Havelock NC and I was at work one day and this spider came across my arm and down to my hand! I was wondering if you could help me out on the identity of it!
Thank You! Robert, NC


Reply: Yes that is a wolf spider, probably a "burrowing wolf spider," a Geolycosa species. Nathan
21 September
, 2006:
I live on Cape Cod and found this spider on the beach. Is it a Wolf Spider? I looked at the pictures on your site and it does look like the same family, except the marking on the abdomen is different. I would like to submit the photo into competiton at my photo club, but I need the name for its Thanks for you help

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Reply: You have a Geolycosa sp. "burrowing wolfspider." Quite harmless. Nathan
July, 2006:
Hello, I'm emailing you from Western Oklahoma. I'm not from here, but from the day I moved here I've wondered what kind of spider this is. I've never been able to find out, and can only guess. Quick guesses say possibly something in the "trapdoor" spider family, though it does not use a trapdoor. Just a hole with bits of leaf, twigs etc webed around the circumference of the burrow. They can quite large as you can see, and are very mean if provoked; you can actually hear their fangs grinding down on a stick or twig, and they do have very large fangs. Can't imagine how bad that would hurt! Anyway, I know you get mountain loads of emails but hopefully you can at least post this to your site to share with other enthusiasts, and possiby in time, give an idea as to what the species is.
P.S. The tiny one is the baby version of the big, pregnant adult female shown there.


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