Canberra Spiders: Wolf Spider


Canberra Wolf SpiderNumerous genera species
Family: Lycosidae

Australia has over 200 species of Wolf spiders. Wolf spiders have good eyesight and run down their prey. Often large and aggressive, they build burrows in the soil. Although the bite of local species is painful, it is not known to be dangerous. Female Wolf spiders drag their egg-sacs around attached to their spinnerets, and allow newly hatched young to ride on their backs. Wolf spiders commonly come into houses after rain and are often mistaken for Funnelweb spiders. The Italian folk dance, the tarantella, is named after a mediterranean wolf spider, the tarantula, whose bite in medieval times was believed to cause dancing and licentious behaviour.

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