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Eyes of a Female Rabid Wolf Spider (Rabidosa rabida) | by Thomas Shahan
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Eyes of a Female Rabid Wolf Spider (Rabidosa rabida)

A very large spider, one of the largest I have seen from this species. At least 2 inches including the legs. Very cool stripes along the carapce and the abdomen. Photographed with the 28mm reversed on a few extension tubes.


I'm pretty sure this one was an adult female. Everyonce in a while she would kind of play dead and fold her legs up underneath her body like she was dead, but once I would get close with the camera, she would hop up and run away. These spider are really pretty fast, and are hard to get close too and find unless you have them in a wide open space where you can find them again if they attempt an escape.


I could have gotten out the bellows and filled almost the full frame with just her large eyes, but for some reason I felt kind of bad for disturbing her, as it was unbearably hot out in the sun, which she seemed to hate as she would always run for the shade. So I just took a few photos and put her back out in some shade in the yard.


(On a side note, a few days ago I found an adult female Brown Recluse. It was my first time to come across a potentially dangerous spider, so I photographed it wearing gloves. They are interesting spiders, but not so attractive up close.)

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Taken on February 7, 2005