Brown Wolf Spiders

Brown wolf spiders are some of the most common among wolf spider species and are often mistaken for brown recluses. However, the bite of a brown wolf spider is not medically threatening, while that of the brown recluse has the capability to cause tissue damage.

Like most animals, brown wolf spiders are known to attack when threatened, but they prefer to run and hide. However, despite its fast movements and frightening appearance, the brown wolf spider’s bite causes only mild effects, including swelling, itching and localized pain. If a bite occurs, and there are medical concerns, the person should seek medical attention.

Brown wolf spiders are nocturnal hunters. Rather than spinning webs, these arachnids reside within burrows, from which they emerge at night to hunt. Occasionally, the brown wolf spider will also emerge from its burrow to defend itself from competitors and predators.