The Carolina Wolf Spider is one of the largest species of wolf spiders found in the United States.

The Carolina Wolf Spider is a formidable hunter and is known for its quick speed and agile movements. It can grow up to an inch and a half long and is usually a dark brown color with gray markings on its legs and body. This spider is native to the southeastern United States, but its range extends to Arkansas.

Carolina Wolf Spider
Carolina Wolf Spider

Despite their large size and scary appearance, the Carolina Wolf Spider is not dangerous to humans. While they have venom, their bite is not toxic and will only cause a mild, temporary pain. They are also not aggressive and will only bite if they feel threatened.

The Carolina Wolf Spider is a nocturnal hunter and uses its keen sense of sight and hearing to hunt for its prey. It is known for its unique hunting style, which involves silently stalking its prey before making a lightning-fast strike. The spider then wraps its prey in silk and devours it at its leisure.

In Arkansas, the Carolina Wolf Spider can be found in gardens, fields, and forests. They are also commonly seen in and around homes, as they are attracted to the insects that are drawn to the lights at night. If you happen to come across a Carolina Wolf Spider in your home, the best way to remove it is to gently scoop it up with a cup or container and release it back into the wild.

In conclusion, the Carolina Wolf Spider is a fascinating creature that calls Arkansas its home. While they might look a little spooky, they are not dangerous to humans and play an important role in controlling the insect population. So the next time you see one, take a moment to appreciate this amazing hunter and all it does to keep our environment healthy.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM
  • BlackRapid Camera Strap


This spider was on the edge of the road on a large plant. I was hand-holding my camera to photograph the spider. The road was near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas.

  • Location: Near the Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: August 22, 2016 (07:04:58 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/400 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 800
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: +1/3 EV
  • Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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