Oct 25, 2010

Macro Monday - Rabid Wolf Spider

Technically, I cheated. This is a close up but it was taken with my telescopic lens. At the time, I did not know that this spider was pretty harmless. I wasn't taking any chances by getting close for a macro shot. This spider was in our tent one day at camp. We were able to clear her out but not before I snapped the following photos.

Rabid Wolf Spiders (Rabidosa rabida) can be aggressive if cornered but are not toxic or venomous. However, people who are sensitive to bites of any kind may have an allergic reaction. As always, use caution when dealing with any wild animal.

Rabid Wolf Spiders do not spin webs for trapping their food. Instead, they use their spider silk for making themselves a temporary home and for creating a sac to hold their eggs.

After the eggs hatch, the spiderlings hitch a ride on mom until they are ready to make their own way in the world.

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Anonymous said...

Wolf spiders are found in Nova Scotia too. Some get quite big, especially if they're still to be found at this time of year.

As I recall, this is your favorite time of year Jessica. My black cat sends her greetings :)

Coneflower Ranch said...

Eeeek! I don't blame you for not wanting to get close!

Jess said...

I have used my telephoto as a macro too, it actually works pretty well! Spiders are by far, my least favorite of all the tiny creatures. Beautiful though.

Blondie's Abode said...

Very nice macro shot! Here in Florida, those little guys get really BIG!

Mike B. said...

Nice- most spiders don't try to bite people, but that's easy to say from my chair in my house. I took closeup photos of two interesting spiders a few weeks ago and, it turns out, they look a lot like a black widow and a hobo spider. Who knew?