Wolf Spiders…Did You Know?

By  | May 8, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Wolf Spiders biologically known as Lycosa godeffroyi is the most common spider found easily in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from the wolf because they catch the pray the same way. They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground.

The common characteristics of the wolf spider are that they are of about one to two inches of length. They are quite brisk and rush quickly on the ground. When it comes to the color of the wolf spider the males are found to be darker than females that have distinguished marks. The wolf spiders have eight legs; males have an extra pair near the mouth to hold sperms. They have eight pairs of eyes; four pairs of small eyes to help them see in the night, two pairs of big eyes to look in front and two pairs of medium sized eyes placed on the top to see upwards. At the back of their eyes a disc is located that enables them to see at night.

When it comes to hunting the wolf spiders either stalk their prey or attack them suddenly. They learn of their prey through their movement on the ground or the buzzing of their wings. They eat varieties of insects but are fond of crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and houseflies.

Female spider carries almost hundred of eggs in a sac and exposes them to sunlight also. When the eggs hatch the spider lings catch a hair on the mother’s body and stay this way for a week and then disperse.

The wolf spiders do not attack unless provoked. Their bites are not dangerous but at times it causes swellings, irritations, nausea and headache.

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