Wolf spiders (Lycosidae), such as the Carolina wolf spider (Hogna carolinensis), are robust and agile hunters who do not spin webs but chase down their prey.
The Carolina wolf spider.
The Hogna carolinensis, or Carolina wolf spider, is one of the largest species of wolf spiders in Virginia and in the eastern United States. With a body length of up to 1.5 inches and an impressive leg span extending up to 3 inches, this robust hunter doesn’t need webs for survival – its agility allows it to chase down its prey simply.
These wolf spiders in Virginia are typically brown or grey, with a mottled or striped pattern on their abdomen. They reside in various habitats, including forests, grasslands, and urban areas. The Carolina wolf spider is not dangerous, as it will only bite if it feels threatened. However, their large size and sometimes rapid movements can intimidate some people.
Dennis V. Gilmore Jr. is a former Marine Sergeant and the author of several books, including two on night hunting coyotes and red and gray fox. He has written several hundred articles on predator hunting for ThePredatorHunter.com.