The Rabid Wolf Spider, 28 June 2013

Rabidosa rabida, the Rabid wolf spider;
Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013).

Despite its less-than-comforting common name, the Rabid wolf spider isn’t really a threat to people. Sure, they can bite in self-defense, and that bite may hurt a bit if it occurs, but it’s not going to kill you, and it’s not going to turn you into a rabid, drooling dog. Indeed, this species is far more likely to flee into the bushes long before such a bite can occur.

In reality, Rabid wolf spiders are simply busy, reclusive little spiders that trek about at night in search of a good snack. They don’t even use webs to ensnare prey. Instead, they actively scamper about and look for stuff to eat. When they do find something yummy, they’ll tackle, bite, and spin the prey in its webbing. More often than not, however, the Rabid wolf spider is doing all its business under cover and somewhat off the human grid. I don’t tend to see them scampering about in open, well-lit areas and instead only find them in darker, more private areas of residentialia.

Rabidosa rabida, 28 June 2013

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