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Beach Wolf (Arctosa littoralis)

Beach wolf spider of the wolf spider family inhabits throughout the United States and parts of Canada. As its name suggests, its preferred habitat is mostly beaches.

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: These spiders have an average length of 0.43 – 0.59 inches (1.1 -1.5 cm)

Scientific Classification

Color: Their colors vary from white to brown and even tan.

Other Characteristic Features: They have a spotted body that is conducive to camouflaging.

Beach Wolf Spider

Eggs

Eggs are laid and carried in a sac by the mother, under her abdomen.

Spiderlings

Upon hatching, mother spiders carry their spiderlings on their back.

The Web

They do not spin webs but pounce and chase their prey as ferociously as a wolf.

Are Beach Wolf Spiders Venomous

They may bite if provoked, which, however, has low venom levels, harmless to humans.

Quick Facts

Distribution United States of America and Southern Canada
Habitat Sands, coastal regions, under debris or driftwood
Diet Insects
Predator Spider wasps, rodents, birds, and lizards
Lifespan Females: 3-4 years Males: 1 year

Did You Know

  • They have an innate camouflaging ability and remain hidden within driftwood and sand throughout the day.

Image Credits: Live.staticflickr.com

Beach wolf spider of the wolf spider family inhabits throughout the United States and parts of Canada. As its name suggests, its preferred habitat is mostly beaches.

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: These spiders have an average length of 0.43 – 0.59 inches (1.1 -1.5 cm)

Color: Their colors vary from white to brown and even tan.

Other Characteristic Features: They have a spotted body that is conducive to camouflaging.

Beach Wolf Spider

Eggs

Eggs are laid and carried in a sac by the mother, under her abdomen.

Spiderlings

Upon hatching, mother spiders carry their spiderlings on their back.

The Web

They do not spin webs but pounce and chase their prey as ferociously as a wolf.

Are Beach Wolf Spiders Venomous

They may bite if provoked, which, however, has low venom levels, harmless to humans.

Quick Facts

Distribution United States of America and Southern Canada
Habitat Sands, coastal regions, under debris or driftwood
Diet Insects
Predator Spider wasps, rodents, birds, and lizards
Lifespan Females: 3-4 years Males: 1 year

Did You Know

  • They have an innate camouflaging ability and remain hidden within driftwood and sand throughout the day.

Image Credits: Live.staticflickr.com

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