wolf spider

noun

Definition of wolf spider 

: any of various active wandering ground spiders (family Lycosidae)

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According to National Geographic, stunning new calculations show that in the Arctic tundra, arctic wolf spiders outweigh arctic wolves in biomass by a ratio of 80 to 1. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Arctic Wolf Spiders Are Getting Bigger and It Could Slow Part of Climate Change," 24 July 2018 When they're found in homes, wolf spiders tend to live in basements, crawlspaces and breezeways. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 of Michigan's scariest-looking spiders: What to know," 25 June 2018 According to the Penn State Department of Entomology, fishing spiders are similar to wolf spiders in size, shape and color. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what that giant, viral Indiana spider actually is," 7 June 2018 Matt Persons, an arachnologist at Susquehanna University who has studied mating strategies in wolf spiders, found the results fascinating. National Geographic, "How Older Widow Spiders Seduce Younger Males—And Eat Them," 19 Mar. 2018 An attempt to eradicate a wolf spider led to an apartment fire and residents looking for new homes. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Man who tried to kill wolf spider ends up burning down apartment," 9 Jan. 2018 Humans aren’t the only ones who sometimes find themselves in need of Plan B: Some female wolf spiders have developed a natural strategy for killing off unwanted sperm after a male has deposited it in their body. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control," 23 Aug. 2017 The third group, the Araneomorphae, includes 5500 jumping spiders, 4500 dwarf spiders, 2400 wolf spiders, and thousands of web spinners. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history," 19 Oct. 2017 Fortunately for the researchers (though not the research spiders), playing dead is a typical wolf spider come-on. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control," 23 Aug. 2017

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