One of the Lycosidae or Wolf Spiders. This one haunting my garage. Thought it was close to Schizocosa avida but I believe it is actually Hogna carolinensis. Common in human dwellings. And they are apparently comfortable around these dwellings. I've seen the females loaded with small piggyback young in the garage as well. Not sure if it was the same species. This does appear to be a male.

Another wolf. Different species. Probably Rabidosa rabida. This one ran over some open grassy ground in the northeast part of the state and then climbed the trees to escape my looming presence. It likes grassy regions as well near woodlands. Mostly a night hunter. This is likely also a female. R. rabida likes grassy areas and fields where it is mostly nocturnal. Often trapped in backyard pools. In fall it carries its eggcase attached to the venter by the spinnerets.

Rabidosa rabida in better light in Perry county. Cleaner thorax lines on this one.

A fairly common large grassland species, Rabidosa punctulata. Also large, and has a black venter with white spotting which earns it the common name of the Dotted Wolf. Also mostly nocturnal, this spider is found in most states east of the Rockies.

A pale to creamy wolf. Not sure which genus this one fell into. Though I suspect it is a possible Pardosa species.

Likely a dark Pardosa species with its egg sack in tow. Most of the Lycosids carry their eggs with them in late summer and fall.

They just keep coming. This is a September shot from Bell and it may be another Hogna species, even Hogna helluo but, as always, without further specimen viewing, education and experience, I am not sure yet. H. helluo may have dark and light forms. Nice rusted leaf colors. And that thin thoracic mark anteriorly may be a Hogna trademark. (See the scan page.)

Compare this dark face and dark Lycosid overall. This is a female Hogna and I initially thought it was H. helluo but I think it is more likely the dark form of H. aspersa. The striped leg markings are apparently more consistent with that species. She was hiding on my back porch.

Here she is in full length. Note the abdomen almost marking free except for fine striations. And the leg banding. This is a very large wolf overall.



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