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Spider (Wolf)

Lycosa gulosa
Spider (Wolf)

Range

They are found throughout North America.

Habitat

They live in the leaf litter of the forest, under rocks, and in rotten logs. They are also found around the house and in barns, basements, and garages.

Body Traits

They can be large, reaching 2” long with long, hairy legs. They are grayish-brown with lighter stripes. This helps them blend into their habitat (camouflage). They have eight eyes arranged in rows. They have fang-like mouthparts called chelicerae.

Habits

They do not make a web. They travel around at night hunting insects to eat. They can run very quickly. They will bite, but they are not poisonous.

Diet

They eat insects and other spiders.

Reproduction

Females lay eggs into a light-colored, round, silken egg sac, which she carries around on her abdomen. When the babies (spiderlings) hatch out of the egg sac they crawl onto their mother’s back and stay there until they are big enough to survive on their own. They shed their skin several times before becoming an adult.

Spider (Wolf)
Spider (Wolf)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class:     Arachnida
Order:     Araneae
Superfamily: Lycosoidea
Family: Lycosidae
Genus:     Lycosa
Species: L. gulosa

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