I think this is a wolf spider but Im trying to figure out its species and gender.
Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 This is a Wolf Spider (Lycosidae), Tigrosa georgicola. She looks feminine, but I don’t know if she’s mature … immature males typically look feminine.
Wow thanks so much! My guess is that it’s a male. He doesn’t look fully mature, his body is only about one in and legs make him 2in. Do the females carry babies at this age?
Might be a mature female at that size. They do carry their babies. Mature males are proportioned quite differently with longer legs.
Ah, I see. I also let her go out back on the farm after I caught her and took some pictures. Will she stay close by or do you think she will leave? I wonder if there are others she needs to get back to or if these are more solitary. I would like to see her again, but she did seem frightened when I let her go as she scurried away quickly. Thanks for your help.
Solitary for the most part except for mating and then of course carrying all the babies. I imagine she wouldn’t go too far … it’s the males that have to do most of the wandering in search of the females.