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Wolf spiders

Lycosidae family

Marbled orbweaver

Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

Goldenrod crab spider

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota


Size: 1/4 - 1+ inches long

Description: Most have light to dark brown or gray bodies. Females carry their egg sacs attached to their spinnerets. When the spiderlings first hatch, they ride on the female's abdomen. The best method to identify wolf spider is by their eyes which are set up in one row of four eyes and then two rows of two eyes.

Where/When: Found in many different habitats, including fields, forests, and shorelines primarily on the ground or under stones.

Significance: Beneficial as predators of insects. Does not harm to people.

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