(Wolf Spiders)

The spider family Lycosidae, commonly known as Wolf Spiders, have been sighted 797 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Lycosidae includes 29 countries and 49 states in the United States. Lycosidae is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of May.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Lycosidae

Common Name (AASMore information icon)

Wolf Spiders


Carl Jakob Sundevall, 1833

Sightings Overview

There have been 797 confirmed sightings of Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders), with the most recent sighting submitted on December 16, 2018 by Spider ID member aahmadi. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 797 sightings because of certain Lycosidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 7% of the time, Lycosidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 769)
  • Sex:¬†127 female and 96 male.
  • Environment:¬†Lycosidae has been sighted 502 times outdoors, and 387 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (154). On flower (1). Low foliage (49). High foliage (9). Ground layer (183). Under rock or debris (24). Freshwater river, lake, stream (26). Saltwater (2). Open field, pasture, grassland (22). Forest (18). Cave (1). Desert area (13).

Location and Range

Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders) has been sighted in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

Lycosidae has also been sighted in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.


Lycosidae has been primarily sighted during the month of May.

  • January: 34
  • February: 64
  • March: 63
  • April: 143
  • May: 240
  • June: 71
  • July: 19
  • August: 12
  • September: 20
  • October: 88
  • November: 14
  • December: 24

Genus: Allocosa

Genus: Alopecosa

Genus: Arctosa

Genus: Geolycosa (Burrowing Wolf Spiders)

Genus: Gladicosa

Genus: Hippasa

Genus: Hogna

Genus: Lycosa

Genus: Pardosa (Thin-legged Wolf Spiders)

Genus: Pirata (Pirate Wolf Spiders)

Genus: Rabidosa

Genus: Schizocosa (Lanceolate Wolf Spiders)

Genus: Sosippus (Funnel-web Wolf Spiders)

Genus: Tasmanicosa

Genus: Tigrosa

Genus: Trebacosa

Genus: Trochosa

Genus: Varacosa

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