Newbie wolfie questions

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Arachnopeon
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Found a (I think) wolf spider in my garage in CT. It is approx 30 degrees F here now and when I got him inside he became much more active. What type of wolf spiders exist in western CT and what can I use for food source this time of year? Sorry for poor pic.
 

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Arachnoprince
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I can't tell you what species but looks like a mature male from the look of those pedipalps.

It's a pretty good time of year to get termites if you can find any colonies.
 

davisfam

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Congrats on the new male (based on the palps) spidiie! :] As for an ID, you'll need to post better pictures for anything more than the sex of your spidiie, sorry. :?

Wolfiies in the CT area (search list);

http://kaston.transy.edu/spiderlist/lycosidae.htm

Wolfiie Information;

http://bugguide.net/node/view/1967

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/wolf-spiders

http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/uf019.pdf

Housing; a large sized container with 3-4 (if not more) inches of substrate along the 'floor' with a water dish (pop bottle cap with soaked cotton ball), we usually make our spidiie homes as natural as possible soo, adding greenery and other goodiies is also a fabulous idea! :p

Food; crickets and mealworms among many other spidiie treats work just fine for feeding purposes and can be bought at most local pet stores!

.. GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING! :razz:
 

revilo

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hi,

yes it is like the others told. we need better pics.

but this little guy reminds me on males from the family amaurobiidae, espacially on amaurobius ferox (don't know if this is common where you live).
another guess is gnaphosidae, some species in this family are looking similar to amaurobiidae...

regards, oli
 

Silberrücken

Arachnoangel
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At first glance, I immediately thought "Hacklemesh Weaver"... so maybe Oli is correct on this...

Amaurobius ferox is a Hacklemesh Weaver, aka "Black Lace Weaver". I've kept some HMW's and found them to be very good hunters!

Here's some pics for comparing your spider. Hopefully we can see some better pics, and get a positive ID for you.

Good work, friends! :clap:

Here's the link:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/7019/bgpage

S.
 

Tarantula_Hawk

Arachnobaron
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Yea, male Amaurobius sp. Adult males loose the cribellum, so the webbing he will make (if any) wont be sticky. They do feed, but if i were you i'd let him go and eventually look for a female, as they are nice and responsive spiders (and great messy, weavers). :)
 
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