Hogna carolinensis
(Carolina Wolf Spider)

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

Pronunciation

HAWG-nuh kair-oh-ly-NEN-sis

Identification Traits

Disclaimer: The following table provides a quick overview of the spider's basic attributes. The physical traits are greatly generalized in order to aid in the identification and sorting of spider species using our search feature. This information is not exhaustive, and keep in mind that traits such as color, markings, and overall size and shape can vary widely within a species due to variables such as the spider's age, gender, diet, hydration level, climate, and habitat. Though experienced arachnologists and hobbyists can often classify spiders rather accurately based on their unique markings and general appearance, it's important to know that scientifically accurate spider identification relies on detailed taxonomic keys and microscopic examinations of a spider's reproductive organs.

Female iconFemale Male iconMale
Body size More information icon 22mm - 35mm 18mm - 20mm
Eye count 8
Primary Colors
Identifying Traits Fuzzy or hairy appearance, Unique pattern, Chevron pattern, Lengthwise stripe(s), Visible spines on legs


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.

Featured Pictures

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Picture of Hogna carolinensis (Carolina Wolf Spider) - Female - Egg Sacs,Lateral Enlarge picture icon
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