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LYCOSIDAE

Hey!
Have you ever heard of wolf spiders? Of course, almost all of you  😉
Well, for just a few who have never heard about these beautiful arachnids I decided to write a few words about it.
Commonly called “wolf spiders” (family Lycosidae) because agile, robust and endowed with an excellent eyesight but no, they don’t hunt in groups like wolves.
The eyes are arranged in three rows, four lower aligned, above there are two more pairs but bigger, a bit as the jumping spiders, and use them to identify the prey to launch the attack.
They possess a pair of fangs, called chelicera, with which they inject the poison to the prey by paralyzing it.
Their diet consists on insects and everything that smears them forward, even other spiders.
They do not build the canvases (not all at least) but they hunt by exploiting the camouflage and ambush, they are mostly nocturnal animals and can be found in a variety of terrestrial habitats, even in the water.
Females are generally larger than the males and after the coupling they create a little egg-sac where small spiders will spend a few weeks.
What is the best way to observe them?
For sure during the night, as previously said, they are mainly nocturnal animals so wear the front lamp and you will have excellent possibilities
If you’re lucky, as happened to me, you could observe dozens of specimens in a few square meters. Their eyes look like tiny diamonds under the torchlight, it’s fantastic!
In my images all seem taken during the day but it is only thanks to my flashes, many shots were taken during the night.
An advice.
DO NOT touch these animals if you do not know how, they are wild animals and they will not hesitate to defend themselves if they feel threatened.
Their bite, although their poison is harmless to man, can be very painful so you can observe them, photograph them but it is better not to touch them.
Some shots taken during my outings
Lycosa tarantula (the Tarantula Wolf Spider)
Vesubia jugorum (the Alpine Wolf Spider)
Trochosa ruricola (the Rustic Wolf Spider)
Trochosa ruricola (the Rustic Wolf Spider) close-up
Hogna radiata (the Wolf Spider)
Trochosa ruricola (the Rustic Wolf Spider)
Trochosa robusta (the Ground Wolf Spider)
Trochosa robusta (the Ground Wolf Spider) with egg sac