Ground wolf spider (Trochosa terricola)
Web: Wolf spiders don’t make a catching web, but are active hunters that use their legs and jaws to immobilize prey. The Ground wolf spider hunts predominantly during the night.
Habitat: underneath rocks, litter, moss, in humid areas.
How to recognize:
- big, robust wolf spider
- cephalothorax with typical light midband, with two dark stripes in the widened part
- abdomen with cardiac mark that ususally doesn’t clearly stand out against the rest of the abdomen.
Looks similar to:
- the three other Trochosa species in Belgium. The differences in the markings of the cardiac mark are not a reliable determination characteristic. Investigating the reproductive structures using a stereomicroscope gives a definitive identification.
♀: 7-14 mm
♂: 7-9 mm
♀: throughout the year
♂: throughout the year