Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Carolina Wolf Spider - Not Scared of Northern Crickets




Every fall, the wolf spider shows up.  In our front yard. The front porch. The garden.  She's after the fall's crickets, as they slow down and become easier and easier prey in the cool evenings.  And while the wolf spider has such unfriendly traits as, "will inject venom freely if provoked," and "has an acute sense of touch," we welcome her every fall because of the devastating impact she has on crickets, cockroaches, and stinkbugs.

So if you see one of these furry giants outside your home, let her be.  Big girl's hungry!

7 comments:

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

WHAT! They eat crickets? We have wolf spiders but I had no idea what their benfits were. Hmmmm... Again, I learn something new everytime I stop by here ;)

Coloradocasters said...

Very nice. Sticking up for the 8-legged creatures is not as common as it should be. By the way, that one looks tarantula sized. Been feeding well on crickets I suppose.

Gary Thompson said...

You're creepin me out. Spiders... yigh!

Map Monkey said...

Yes, we have them around the lakehouse, too. Maybe a different sub-species, cuz ours are spotted. We actually (kinda) made a pet of one a couple of years ago. Somehow it found its way into our bathtub, and we let him alone there for weeks. He ate whatever came his way, mosquitoes, moths, etc. (we have a separate shower, so he wasn't in the way). We even named him (Beelzebub) and eventually scooped him up and put him back outside. But he was quite a tourist attraction to friends and visitors to our bathroom (who most probably thought we were nuts, but were too polite to say so!) He was fascinating to watch.

River Mud said...

They are killers. Gotta keep 'em around! They normally freeze when they see something as big as a person's shadow. Not aggressive at all. Unless you try to crush one in your hand. Then you're going to the emergency room.

GSFeder said...

One of my favorite lines from Fletch lives: "Spiders is good. They eats the cockroaches."

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Michael said...

You're right. They're like natural insecticides without the harmful chemicals. They should always be out on the gardens. Source: http://www.wolfspiders.org/