Spider Fur

17 Jan
Close up of wolf spider head.

Close up of wolf spider head (Lycosidae).

I’ve been playing around with extreme close ups.   It’s been fun!  In these pictures, you can really see the combination of “hair” types that give wolf spiders their furry, wolf-like appearance.  Vibrations of these hairs help the spiders sense the movement of their prey, while other hairs contain chemoreceptors that let them ‘taste’ airborne odors.  Meanwhile, the hairs on a female wolf spider’s abdomen also have special spines and knobs, to help her babies keep their grip while they ride in safety.

Wolf spider close up of abdomen.

Close up of wolf spider abdomen.

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2 Responses to “Spider Fur”

  1. Kurt January 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Extremely cool info. I have seen and photographed wolfie spiderlings on mom’s back, but not aware of the chemoreceptors, spines and knobs. Thanks for sharing. Love your blog.

    • 6legs2many January 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

      Thank you! This was new information to me, too. I learn a lot!

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