wolf or grass spider?
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
November 9, 2010 11:56 am
I’m trying to get a definitive ID on this spider with spiderlings. I took it this summer (2010) at the Nature Center where I work. I’d like to include it in a presentation I’m working on.
It matches some photos I’ve seen of wolf spiders, and I know that wolf spiders carry their spiderlings, but it doesn’t have the really big eyes that I think of as typical for them. Maybe it’s a grass spider? Or something else?
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Signature: Curious spider fan
Hi Curious spider fan,
This maternal behavior is consistent with Wolf Spiders and not Grass Spiders which look somewhat similar. We believe this is a female Rabid Wolf Spider, Rabidosa rabida, and you can compare your specimen with the images posted to Bugguide.