Female dorsal view ⒸRichard Louvigny

Spotted wolf spider

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Wolf spiders are very good mothers. They carry their egg sac along, fixed to the spinnerets. When the spiderlings hatch from the eggs, they use their mothers legs to climb on her back. That way they get a safe ride. This also explains some internet video’s that show a wolf spider that suddenly bursts out into dozens of little spiders.

Spotted wolf spider (Pardosa amentata)

Web: wolf spiders don’t make a catching web, but are active hunters that use their legs and jaws to immobilize prey. The Spotted wolf spider hunts predominantly during the day.

Habitat: occurs in open habitat such as parcs, gardens, fields,… Mostly in rather humid conditions. Can be very frequent.

How to recognize:

  • cephalothorax (dark)brown, with a lighter midstripe that is often “chalice-shaped” in front
  • abdomen dark with an unclear drawing, but often two dark spots stand out
  • legs yellow/dark annulated
  • ♂: darker colour, with palps almost black.

Looks similar to:

  • several other Pardosa species. That is why investigating the reproductive structures using a stereomicroscope gives a definitive identification.


♀: 5,5-8 mm

♂: 5-6,5 mm


♀: April till July

♂: April till July