Last week CD spotted this spider in an upper corner of our hall. I carefully coaxed it out of the corner and onto a wall so I could ease a glass over it, cover the opening with a bit of cardboard, and take it outside. I promptly released it onto a small bouquet of yellow (weed) flowers and a couple of dandelions, where it spent a few minutes before dropping down on a silken thread and venturing out into the greater world. I’m pretty sure it’s a wolf spider (genus Lycosidae), but I can’t find a close species match in my little Spiders of New Zealand guide (by Cor J. Vink). There are several varieties of spiders that are quite common indoors (long-leggedy cellar spiders and the occasional jumper that may come in an open window), but it’s rare to find a wolf spider inside, as they are normally roving hunters. I hadn’t realized what a startling countenance it had until I saw it through my macro lens and started processing my photos. With nightmarish predators like this around, I’m quite thankful that, at least this time around, I’m not a small insect! As always—if you dare—click on an individual photo if you’d like to see it in greater detail.
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Not a cutie, but a useful living creature! I like your colourful photo essays.
And I like being able to bring you a new one. Thanks, Peter!
It does look rather like a wolf spider species that I’ve seen around here. It does have that predatory look — and the equipment to carry out its intentions!
Ah, the equipment — yes, this one’s chelicerae and fangs are formidable indeed!
Beautiful pictures, Gary – and yes, glad I’m not a small insect!!! :)
Yup, conditions were right for some good portraits. It’s good to be able to make them from a (relatively respectable) distance as a rather larger being studying a rather smaller one. Just imagine if it were the other way around…
Not a cutie, maybe, but fascinating in its own right! I love the yellow on that dark background!!
Ooh – I’ve just clicked on that first image ……. twice! Really jumps out of the screen; super detail, Gary :-)
Thank you! It didn’t stay on the flowers for as long as I’d hoped, but it gave me several poses that it held long enough for me to catch some good ones. It was moving around too much for me to count on good focus and use my remote release, so I had to do bursts to hope one of them would come out good and, thankfully, enough did.
Depending on the species we use the same method for showing spiders, and moths, the door. There are a few we coexist with as they are indoor spiders and help keep the lesser insects’ numbers down. I am pretty sure this one would have been returned to the wild as you did. I’d not want to come face to face with that visage and, turning things around, am glad that they are not as big as a malamute. :-)
I’m always saddened that some folks’ first reaction to finding an outside critter inside is wanting to kill it. Whenever possible, I try to remove them, unharmed, to more potentially fortuitous circumstances. And yes, I’m glad that they’re not as big as an elephant! ;-)
I’ve had to defend a few spiders from various folks. At least they do allow me to remove the offending critter rather than squash it. Most are harmless and don’t deserve to be harmed. Actually none do if we can find a better way to remove whatever danger may exist. OTOH, I kill mosquitoes and ticks and lose no sleep in the doing.
I’m with you 100% regarding ticks and mosquitoes. The mosquitoes provide great food for the dragonflies, but what is the divine purpose of the existence of the ticks?
I read one theory that they were created to test survival of the fittest.
Tangentially, this post about a wolf spider reminds me that Mozart’s first name was Wolfgang.
Now, that’s a tangent I hadn’t expected. I wonder sometimes if one of these is actually happy to Beawolf.
Probably, if you can Grendel and bear it.
Beautiful images, Gary. While I have great respect for spiders, I haven’t come across one that I would call a “cutie”. :)
I actually have a particular one in mind and I thought I’d featured it in a past post, but a quick search leads me to believe that this appears not to be the case. High time to rectify that: Watch for it here next Webnesday!
I’m amused that you have found a spider that is not in some way described as darling.
Nope, no one cared to venture that far in their comments, but I’m delighted to have brought you some amusment once again!