Wolf Spider

DESCRIPTION: Wolf spiders are usually large, hairy spiders that are not associated with webs. They look much worse than they are (Virginia Cooperative Extension).

Habitat: "Common household pest in the fall when they are looking for a warm place to overwinter. They are commonly found around doors, windows, house plants, basements, garages, and in almost all terrestrial habitats. They do not spin a web but roam at night to hunt for food. Wolf spiders are often confused with the brown recluse, but they lack the unmistakable violin-shaped marking behind the head. The wolf spider is shy and seeks to run away when disturbed." (Oklahoma State).

Wolf Spider
Photo: Courtesy of S. Peregrine Johnson