I was very surprised to find this in my basement the other day. Not because of its pretty large size, but mostly because I haven’t seen any wolf spiders around my current house until then. With winter rapidly approaching, spiders such as these are retreating to warmer areas, such as basements and garages. This particular spider was clinging to a cold outer wall and was pretty sluggish. Although, he may have just thought he found his big break into modeling and was giving his all for the lens.
Wolf spiders are pretty cool. They are hunters and travel alone, which gives them a dark mystique of sorts – a “don’t mess with me” sort of vibe. One of their most distinguishing characteristics is the way that they carry around their egg sacs. They carry them, attached to their spinnerets (web squirters), wherever they go. It’s an interesting sight if you ever get to see it in person.
The wolf spiders get their name from the fact that they can bite you with the ferocity of a wolf, often removing fingers or toes in one bite. Okay, that’s not true at all, but they can bite if provoked. Think of it as something similar to a bee sting. They actually get their name because if you listen very carefully on a full moon, you can hear them quietly howling. 🙂