Wolf Spider Adaptability

Discover the many traits and oddities that make the common wolf spider so adaptable in this well-spun list of fun facts.

| April 2019

Photo by Sean McCann

Family name: Lycosidae

AKA: wolf spider Body size: with so many species, wolf spiders have a tremendous range in size, from 0.11 inches to 1.77 inches Where they live: With more than two hundred wolf spider species in North America north of Mexico, wolf spiders can be found in any habitat across the continent.

Wolf spiders are among the most ubiquitous and conspicuous spiders in North America. Whether a mama wolfie is toting her babies around your garden or a subadult is darting between blades of grass on your lawn, you likely encounter wolf spiders (whether you realize it or not) each day during their peak season, the summer.

Many researchers around the world have devoted years of their lives peeking into every nook and cranny of wolf spider biology and behavior. Because we know so much about wolf spiders, we decided to narrow the field and share with you our top ten favorite facts.

Photo by Sean McCann

• They come in every variety. Wolf spiders are extremely diverse, with nearly twenty-four hundred species worldwide and more than two hundred species in North America alone. They all are a little hairy with relatively long legs, but in terms of size, they range from smaller than a dime to bigger than a quarter. They vary in color from gray to brown and often have patterned bodies. They use silk for draglines and egg sac construction, but not for prey capture.

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