Okay, so the title was fair warning for those that don't care for spiders.
Or pictures of spiders.
Or pictures of people holding spiders.
Because I know a little bit about a lot of stuff, it's important to me to know just a little bit more.
First, this is the largest Wolf spider I've ever encountered.
What does that mean?
It means I have to find out why this one is so large, when the others around here are just 'medium'.
Sounds like I'm ordering a soda or something.
Small, medium, large and supersized insects.
Anyway, in my research, it turns out there are.......get ready........
Let me backtrack to Biology class, first.
No moaning, you know you need to learn something new every day to keep your brain sharp.
Remember the order of all living things goes like this.
I'll add the latin junk that goes with my spider in parenthesis.
Family (Lycosoidae---Wolf Spiders)
Genus (Hogna--my spider)
Species (Helluo--my spider)
Her name (yes, it's female based on the size) would be H. helluo.
If you're ever at a dinner party and seated next to an entomologist, you'll have this to say...
"You know, I was just reading the other day about the ginormous size of an H. helluo Wolf spider found in a crazy, bug-loving lady's pool and how her husband rescued it and then knew right away to come get her cuz she'd want a picture of it and then would blog about it...."
Okay, so here are the numbers, in case you want something to keep you up at night.
Within the family of just Wolf spiders, there are 12 superfamilies.
Within those 12 families, there are 4,000 different (kinds) species.
Now, before you move to Antarctica (no Wolf spiders there), remember these things:
1. All 4,ooo kinds do not live in North America.
2. They are fabulous hunters of bugs that we don't like.
3. They are venomous, BUT, they won't bite you unless you really mess with one.
4. The bite will only hurt. They are not considered a spider that should send you running to the ER on a Sunday evening.
5. They will go out of their way to avoid you. No crawling in your sleeping bag for this spider.
Be sure to study. There'll be a quiz on Friday