Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders)
Female wolf spider with babies
Courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Identification: North American Wildlife, Reader's Digest Wildlife Books, Page 281. The wolf spider has a somewhat elongated body to 1-1/2 inches. The color is often dark brown and patterned. It usually does not spin a web. The female carries the white egg sack beneath her abdomen, and when hatched, the young ride on top. Its habitat is nearly all lands in warm climates and areas. This non-aggressive spider is harmless, but will bite when pressed or squeezed in a tight place. It's bite is less than a bee sting.