Hogna carolinensis
(Carolina Wolf Spider)

Featured spider picture The spider species Hogna carolinensis, commonly known as Carolina Wolf Spider, belongs to the genus Hogna, in the family Lycosidae. Hogna carolinensis spiders have been sighted 26 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Hogna carolinensis includes 1 countries and 11 states in the United States. Hogna carolinensis is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of June.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Lycosidae
  • Genus: Hogna
  • Species: Hogna carolinensis

Other Common Names

Carolina Wolf Spider, Wolf Spider

Author

Charles Athanase Walckenaer, 1805

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Sightings Overview

There have been 26 confirmed sightings of Hogna carolinensis (Carolina Wolf Spider), with the most recent sighting submitted on October 16, 2018 by Spider ID member smp76. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 26 sightings because of certain Hogna carolinensis sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 9% of the time, Hogna carolinensis spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 11)
  • Sex: 9 female and 4 male.
  • Environment: Hogna carolinensis has been sighted 12 times outdoors, and 3 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (5). Low foliage (1). Ground layer (4). Desert area (2).

Location and Range

Hogna carolinensis (Carolina Wolf Spider) has been sighted in the following countries: United States.

Hogna carolinensis has also been sighted in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming.

Seasonality

Hogna carolinensis has been primarily sighted during the month of June.

  • January: 1
  • February: 2
  • March: 1
  • April: 2
  • May: 2
  • June: 6
  • July: 2
  • August: 2
  • September: 2
  • October: 2
  • November:
  • December:

Additional Remarks

  • Largest species of “wolf spider” in North America.
  • Underside of body typically all black; leg joints also usually black underneath.
  • Chelicerae (jaws) often covered in orange or yellow hair.
  • Females usually creates egg sac in the spring, carries it around attached to her spinnerets, and babies emerge in summer and ride on top of the mother until their next molt, after which they disperse. Brood size averages about 100-150 eggs.
  • Spider may live in a silk-lined burrow with a turret of silk and grass (or other debris) at the entrance. Can be 5 or 6 inches deep.
  • Species usually lives more than one year, so adults can typically be found at any time of year.

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