This humongous spider has a nice little hidey hole in our flower bed. We found out some cool stuff about it when we started investigating to find out what it is:
Carolina Wolf Spider (Hogna carolinensis)
- Largest wolf spider in North America
- Average 3 to 4 inches long
- Live in the ground and cannot climb very well
- Hunt at night, and their 8 eyes reflect light and appear to glow
- Official state spider of South Carolina (the only state with a state spider)
- Cool fact: the female carries her egg sac around with her, and when it "hatches," the tiny babies crawl up her legs onto her back and stay there until they are big enough to fend for themselves.
Stuff to do:
- Draw a picture of the Carolina Wolf Spider in your nature journal.
- Read more about spiders in these books: Spiders by Gail Gibbons, Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock, One Small Square: Backyard by Donald Silver, and The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.
- Research this spider and add classification information to your notebook:
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders)
Species carolinensis (Carolina Wolf Spider)