The Wolf Spider
The Wolf spider is from the family of Lycosidae. “Lycos” in Latin means wolf. These spiders have got the name of wolf spiders because of the way in which they hunt, the people who named it believed they hunt like wolves. Some wolf spiders live above the ground, some make burrows. Some of these come out of their burrows to wander and hunt, but some stay inside the burrows waiting for the prey to pass.
HOW TO IDENTIFY WOLF SPIDERS
Wolf spiders look almost like all other spiders. The best way to identify them is to look at their eyes. These spiders have 8 eyes in total- four very small eyes at the bottom, then there are two very large eyes, and then two more eyes a little smaller in size.
Appearance, Behavior, and Signs
Wolf spiders are usually brown, grey, black or tan, with darker stripes. They have a very unique eye arrangement excellent night vision for when they hunt. They can also be easily identified in the dark due to their eye-shine.
The Wolf spider will bite if threatened but their venom is not so harmful. No serious attacks by these spiders have been known. However, some redness and allergies can be caused by their bites.
Wolf spiders are not social creatures. They roam alone at night in search of prey. Some of these spiders stalk their prey and follow them to some distance before attacking.
Wolf spiders rarely bite unless they are provoked. If you get bitten by a wolf spider, there will be a burning sensation. Some other symptoms can be dizziness, quick pulse, etc.