Male Wolf Spider from Shower

2023 April 23

Here’s another wolf spider that I found in the bathroom near the shower. This one was found on November 24, 2022. It looks like the same species as the one we found on September 24, 2022, except that one had small pedipalps and was most likely a female, while this one has bulging pedipalps and is a male.

He gave me a pretty clear face shot, so we can see his eyes really well here, which are very characteristic for a wolf spider.

I’m still sticking with him most likely being Pardosa xerampelina, a small northern wolf spider that is found in Ontario and Minnesota, and so most likely lives here as well.

I am not at all concerned about these spiders being in our house. They are most likely eating fungus gnats coming from our potted plants, and maybe things like springtails that are too small for the human eye to see readily but are big enough to be a snack for a small spider.

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  1. April 25, 2023

    He’s very clean, isn’t he?

    (There’s a Beatles reference for you.)

    I love the face shot. His big eyes look almost plaintive.

    Your photography is so consistently good that I focus on the spider’s facial expression and just take the quality of the image for granted.

  2. becksnyc permalink
    June 6, 2023

    Spiders are welcome visitors in my home too. The wolf spiders are excellent hunters and keep the population of other damaging insects down. But I do always check the shower before stepping in. I’m private that way! 🙂

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