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Wolf Spiders Active

3-24-16 wolf spider in grass 168

Wolf spiders can already be seen scurrying around fields, active after a long winter’s nap deep inside tussocks of grass where they stay until the temperature begins to rise.  Some are tiny and black, while others, such as the pictured wolf spider, are larger (1 ½”) and a shade of brown. These spiders hibernate in the winter, but other species have different survival strategies.  Some, like the black-and-yellow argiope, or garden spider, only live one season and die during late fall or winter, leaving behind their egg sac for next season. Many of the more active species that hunt prey rather than trap it in a web, spend the winter as nymphs, or juveniles, becoming full grown in the spring or early summer. In several species of spiders, young spiderlings hatch out in the fall and then remain in a communal egg sac through the winter.

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4 responses

  1. Marilyn

    Interesting the varieties of survival strategies of spiders!

    March 30, 2016 at 7:14 am

  2. Marie Hanson

    Dear Mary,
    I am fascinated by all the nature wonders you are sharing with us. It triggers in me , an intention for awareness and observation as well as curiosity and appreciation. I am planning to find a way to integrate “Naturally Curious” to an opportunity I may have in a near future working with students.
    Thank you!

    March 30, 2016 at 9:02 am

    • Marie, that makes me so happy! So glad you’re in a position to foster these things in younger people.

      March 30, 2016 at 1:17 pm

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