Rabidosa rabida, 28 June 2013

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

Ah, yes, the infamous “Rabid” wolf spider. Fear not, human, for they are not actually, you know, rabid. In fact, their bite isn’t really dangerous to humans at all. Sure, it may sting a bit (as most spider bites can), but this species will do what it can do avoid such an episode. Ranging throughout the eastern half of North America, I’ve repeatedly been told by people from Oklahoma to Florida that this is an extremely dangerous spider. It simply isn’t. It’s just a small wolf spider eager to scratch out a living in the tiny, little expanse of its vast, sprawling universe.

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