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The Wolf Spider, Venomous, but Preys on More Dangerous Spiders

Wesman Todd Shaw isn't afraid of spiders, but he does have a healthy respect for them.

Big, scary, venomous, but benign and beneficial, the wolf spider

He or she is adorable, really, just stop thinking about the thing the way you were. This spider is definitely your friend.

He or she is adorable, really, just stop thinking about the thing the way you were. This spider is definitely your friend.

Wolf spiders are everywhere here in north and east Texas

Growing up and stomping around in the fields and woods, or just in the yard, here in north Texas; the wolf spider may as well be thought your constant companion. They are fairly ubiquitous, especially during the warmer months. In Texas, most months are the warmer months. But we Texans aren't especially lucky or anything, the wolf spiders of this world are happy to keep most earthlings company. The wolf spiders dwell just about anywhere humans do, the only places they don't live are places where almost no one else does either, think Greenland, Antarctica.

Seeing as how humanity and the wolf spiders of the world do cohabitation, perhaps we should learn to admire one another, and not do it all grudgingly. I consider the wolf spider as a personal friend, actually. I've never been bitten, never had one invade my personal space by crawling on me, or anything. In fact, the wolf spiders I see are generally overly respectful towards me. They run away, as if I posed some sort of threat, which I never intentionally have.

I enjoy and admire wolf spiders as I enjoy and admire all pure predators. If the common name of the creature didn't tip you off, the wolf spider is an all out predator, and it is an ambush predator primarily. None of that orb spinning stuff for these guys and gals, they live on the ground. They are large spiders, and the ones in Texas are large indeed. They are not, however, the largest of the wolf spiders - that distinction belongs to the Carolina wolf spiders.

Hogna carolinensis, the Carolina Wolf Spider

The link above takes you to a nice video of the Carolina wolf spider feeding :)

The link above takes you to a nice video of the Carolina wolf spider feeding :)

Hogna lenta, The Wolf Spider's Eyes!

With wolf spiders, there are always two large eyes, and four smaller ones.  What an adorable face!

With wolf spiders, there are always two large eyes, and four smaller ones. What an adorable face!

What do wolf spiders eat?

Because wolf spiders live everywhere in this world save the most extremely cold of places, they and their many species dine on many many things. You live in the USA, and are terrified of brown recluse spiders? Well, be kind to the wolf spiders, never squish them, and they'll handle up on the brown recluse population Hannibal Lecter style, and eat them.

A diverse diet is important to good health, and the wolf spiders of this world are very health conscious, and they will dine on a veritable who's who list of insects, reptiles, amphibians and the like; beetles, grasshoppers, crickets - these are generally staples of the wolf spider's diet. So far as eating other spiders go, the wolf spider isn't shy about it, and they do eat more spider species than merely the brown recluse. It's almost as if they are asking to be domesticated to us, as the fuzzy four legged wolves were of old. Yes, wolf spiders do, in fact, eat other wolf spiders. Don't get fussy about it, sometimes they mate with them before eating them; I'd hate for you to think love wasn't involved in it all somewhere.

When it comes to hunting, it's all in the eyes for the wolf spider, all eight of them. Always look a wolf spider in the eyes when speaking to one, it would be rude to do otherwise. You'll always know your wolf spiders by their eyes, they've two rather large ones above the smaller four. They hunt by sight, and are very well aware of you when you tower above them.

There are around two thousand and three hundred species of wolf spiders known to mankind. Two hundred species alone live in the United States and Canada. We are truly blessed, and in more ways than we often realize.

This is a hobo spider, NOT a wolf spider


Hobo spiders are not wolf spiders

The image above should suffice to show that the hobo spider and the wolf spider look very very similar, especially to the common person, i.e., persons who aren't involved in biological sciences daily. The distinction isn't especially important, as either spider is rather venomous, and are purported to be 'aggressive.' I don't find the wolf spider to be aggressive towards humans at all, but I don't know much about the hobo spider, and the reason is the hobo spiders are all somewhere in the Pacific northwest. Wolf spiders are also found in the Pacific northwest, but are also found nationwide. If you don't live in the Pacific northwestern regions, then you don't have hobo spiders around.

Wolf spider bite - tissue damage


Wolf spider bites

A wolf spider bite is an ugly affair, certainly painful, and possibly requiring professional medical attention. A wolf spider bite, however, is rather uncommon, and unlikely to be a thing you have to deal with. Try being respectful of the wolf spider, they are on the same team as you are; and so long as you don't poke one with a stick or something - you won't get bit!

It is worth me saying it again, the wolf spider's venom is nothing when compared to the venom of the brown recluse spider. Neither spider wants to bite you at all, but should you be especially fearful of spiders, want to kill them all for good measure - then please reconsider, and remember that wolf spiders eat brown recluse spiders. I want the reader to learn to recognize the wolf spider, and to know when they see one that the creature is beneficial to your home environment. If you do get bit by one, you probably won't need medical attention, but there are cases or incidents where it was required. I trust the reader to use his or her own best judgement.

Wolf spider mamma with babies

Aren't they SO cute!

Aren't they SO cute!

The wolf spider mother carries many of your friends, the baby wolf spiders, on her precious back

Isn't it simply adorable how the wolf spider mother carries all those precious children around on her back? I think so. I respect a loving parent, even when she and her children aren't often considered socially acceptable. Judge not, lest ye also be judged, you know, and all of that.

Mating with a lovely female wolf spider is always a chancy affair for the males. Female wolf spiders often, but not always, eat the males after mating. Think of it as insurance against infidelity, and then there is the thing about having a full belly while pregnant. Mamma wolf spider only wants what is best for her children, of course, and the children will feel all the more loved and worthy when they find out dad paid it all for their being brought into this world of wonders.

Now knowing what you know now about the beautiful wolf spiders, surely you will never again squish one with your boots. I know you'll never again insult one horribly by screaming when you have the chance to make introductions. Go now, love the wolf spiders, and sin no more.

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Wolf spider vs brown recluse spider!

© 2016 Wesman Todd Shaw


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on November 15, 2019:

Hey Steve!

Man, I just like spiders. I don't know what is wrong with me, or if anything is. You know what creeps me out? Snakes.

I don't like snakes. I'm a little scared of snakes sometimes. I don't know why. I've never been bit by a snake, and I don't want to be either.

Of course I've never been bit by a bear, and I feel my healthy fear of bears is not weird at all.

Some years here in north Texas we get plagues of grasshoppers, and well, I feed them to the big yellow garden spiders in those years.

Had one on my parents back porch one year when I was living in their house. They were both working all the time. Round the clock working. They were never home during daylight.

Well, I kept feeding the grasshoppers to the big yellow garden spider on the back porch. Thing grew bigger than some cats I've had. Dad shot it with a shotgun one saturday morning.

Steve Hultgren on November 15, 2019:

Spiders are creepy, I always thought, in Rockford, IL. Where I grew up! Except for the Daddy-Long legs.

Decades later in my 70’s now living in Cristal Beach, Florida, I have come across some doozies! The Wolf spiders, as big as my hand, knock down cans in my garage and house! How about the Huntsman that seems to come out of nowhere and run around the walls and ceilings?

One day, in shorts (Florida) I was picking up trash in the back yard, something felt like a feather going down my leg. I looked and there was a big old Wolf spider running away... it did not bite me! From that day on I had no fear of those crawly critters. The big guys I trap and release outside.

The little orb spiders are funny guys...I chase them away, crawling at them w/my fingers. When a bug is in their web, I leave them alone. They run and hide anyway. My wife, kid, and neighbors who live nearby think I am CRAZY.

The Bird man,

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 26, 2019:

@ Examiner - oh they are venomous, and they will bite someone if it comes down to it. So I make certain to be dressed appropriately, usually in evening attire, and I graciously offer them the house wine. This seems to prevent wolf spider bites.

Brad, if we here in Texas could teach them to dine upon fire ants, well, they'd likely grow as large as the typical Texan's trucks.

@Kristin - YAY! And they'll happily eat all your much more dangerous Brown Recluse, or Fiddlebacks!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 26, 2019:

Last time I was in the Carolina's, Alastar, a cute girl in a coffee shop made fun of me for my accent. I was sad. May the wolf spiders withhold their blessings on that one.

Kristin on September 09, 2017:

I live in Ohio and have seen many, many wolf spiders. I do not kill them. If I run across one that is particularly large I put it in a cup and set it free outside. Usually to appease one of my daughters, though they have learned to simply keep their distance. I can honestly say that in all the years I've allowed them free roam of my house I have never been bitten and neither have my girls. Just as stated in the article they keep their distance as well and when we come close they just scurry away. We live more in the country and it's a virtual buffet for them here. I'm quite fond of them.

Brad on September 11, 2016:


Interesting article, and I had no idea that there were so many people interested in the wolf spider.

In coastal southern CA, I think that I have seen some wolf spiders in my house, among other more common ones. Web type spiders, I believe they are trying to trap ants. Ants are plentiful here, as probably in most places.


The Examiner-1 on May 30, 2016:

If that is true about the wolf spiders not biting humans, no wonder it ran back behind the couch both times! I do have plenty of other spiders, and other insects, in this house though so the wolf spider did not stick around in here, that is for sure .

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 15, 2016:

Aw shoot, that'd i'd gotten the heck out of Dodge. I still hang my ten-gallon hat on the bedpost occasionally.Yep. Carolina girls--best in the world. California girls are sexy, and New York girls are too. But Carolina girls got sweet looks - and sweet personality's too !

The Logician from then to now on on January 15, 2016:

Told you. :-)

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 15, 2016:

If this increasingly bald man lived north of the Red river, he'd prolly wear hats alla time to keep his less than covered head warm :)

Suzie from Carson City on January 15, 2016:

You were correct the first time. You use your hat for your heads. Probably not necessary to stretch it out to cover both heads, since it's clear one of your heads receives no blood flow and the other is there for balance so you don't fall to the left.

Yes, no worries. I will always be near to help you out.

The Logician from then to now on on January 15, 2016:

Now see that makes no sense to me. I don't use my head for any hats, I use my hat for my heads, I mean my hats for my head, I mean, I think that's what I mean but I'm sure someone (we know) will not hesitate to tell me differently.

Suzie from Carson City on January 15, 2016:

Tsad & Alastar.........Nice to know that on very rare occasions you are capable of using your HEADS for something other than your hats!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 14, 2016:

A pleasure tsad, and I know exactly what you mean and agree wholeheartedly.

The Logician from then to now on on January 14, 2016:

Thanks Alastar. Hard to believe but it's true! I have more funny snake stories but not going to press my luck, if you know what I mean.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 14, 2016:

That's a great anecdote, tsad! Really enjoyed readin' it. Cats can be amazing for sure, maybe they really do have a sixth sense. I used to think that when they'd bring things home it was like they were gifts. But this cat lady told me it was more them accepting you into...their inner circle.

Well said on everything, Wesman. I couldn't tell anyone in detail about dangerous little critters on the other side of the world, but damn sure know the ones around here; and where not to stick the hands or feet without looking first.

A real ha ha, Paula! Your funny, rockin' cool! Don't tell mama it's your leg got the belly jiggling but good. And I got a snake for you. It's called a hognose, and it fakes like it's going to bite, but never does, and if that doesn't work it rolls over and plays possum.:)

Suzie from Carson City on January 14, 2016:

I just don't know how anyone could not absolutely LOVE me! I'm all about being lovable! More than that, I'm humble. :)

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 14, 2016:

See? How could anyone not absolutely love Paula? She makes ya giggle while boosting yer ego! :)

Suzie from Carson City on January 14, 2016:

Wes...You fibber!! That's screaming you do at night is because of a cute little Blonde Texan Babe! Don't be tellin Mama it's your leg cramps!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 14, 2016:

I have leg craps late at night sometimes that make me scream.

The Logician from then to now on on January 14, 2016:

The lady in Oregon, tell her to try passing a gall stone, worse pain I've ever experienced. I did discover the only relief I could find was to stand on my head - otherwise 30 - 45 minutes of excruciating pain.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 14, 2016:

I talked to a friend on facebook in Oregon - a Lady very much into insects, spiders, and such. She insisted the black widow bite was the most painful thing she'd ever been through, and that its venom caused her very bad hallucinations too.

Brown recluse bites sometimes result in massive tissue damage, I know a girl from my area who had a large chunk of one of her calf muscles removed for it.

All veterans deserve lots of honor for their troubles got from service. Hard to know what to do to avoid unknown dangers in a strange land!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 14, 2016:

Paula, i got a chance to read up all the comments on here this morning. It was so very good to read that your brave son survived that deadly bite. Over the years, I've seen a few folks go down from brown recluse spider bits. And a black widow bite can put a hurtin' on one they'll never forget. That's where sympathy truly becomes empathy.:)

The Logician from then to now on on January 13, 2016:

Alastar, they are beautiful snakes aren't they? That one I caught in the basement, Well I had a snake hook and pinned it to the floor and then picked it up behind the head supporting the body with my other arm. His mouth was wide open and fangs out. (I had handled snakes from as early as a toddler, all kinds, they never bothered me) I carried him into the house where my room mate, also a bio major, was on the phone with his girlfriend near the front door with his back to me (no cell phones then). I said hang up the phone and get a laundry bag. He turned right into me and froze. Speechless he stared at us, I repeated get a laundry bag. He ran into the bedroom and returned, I said open it and hold it up. He did. I started to lower the snakes body into the bag and he threw it to the floor screaming what are you doing! I told him, "what's it look like I'm doing, don't you watch Wild Kingdom? They won't bite through a bag" He, still in shock refused to hold the bag while I stood there holding the snake with his fangs out and writhing around my arm. I looked around and told him to get a jar and take the chipmunk out of the aquarium, put the aquarium on the front porch and I'll put him in there.

It was after 10 pm and pitch black out in the country there. We secured the snake in the aquarium and stood watching it when my room mate said, wouldn't it be nice to feed him a mouse right now?

Our cat, cinder, was sitting there with us watching the snake. Cinder had caught the chipmunk (a young one) and kept it alive till we came home one day. She would catch all kinds of small animals or locust and never kill them but play with them until we showed up and she'd offer them to us. That's why we had the chipmunk in the aquarium.

Well when Sandy said it would be nice if we had a mouse, cinder intent on watching the snake, looked up at us and then jumped off the porch and ran into the darkness. We looked at each other. We were both thinking "she's not going after a mouse is she?" but that thought was too ludicrous to voice. Then watching the snake for a while I said, I know we can put the chipmunk in with the snake. We were thinking about it when cinder came trotting through the grass onto the porch with a mouse in her mouth. We couldn't believe that, but then she put the mouse on the porch holding it down firmly with her paw, she looked up at us and meowed!

Quickly we grabbed the mouse and put it in the aquarium. After watching the snake for about a half hour we went to bed cause the snake didn't seem interested. In the morning the mouse was gone, along with our sanity. In comparison to this cat a dream couldn't have been more surreal.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 13, 2016:

Aww, sorry Paula. A momentary lapse of sympathetic reason here. Replace that ha ha with...alright.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 13, 2016:

Well! we sure are kindred spirits Wesman and tsad, as concerns those rat constricting creatures. When I tried keeping a corn or kingsnake (sadly, you don't see them much around here anymore) for a while once, to see if they would eat; well nothing doing and they went free, of course. But put a white mouse with a black rat, or boa constrictor, for that matter, and it's all over pretty quick. Here's something that just happened in Sept. Coming home late one night there was a big copper enjoying the heat of the road. I got out of the car with the headlights on it and got up close. The old fella didn't make a move. But, he was headed for some thick woods, so to save it from getting squashed, I tapped its tail with an umbrella end and man, you should have seen that chap take off into the forest lickity-split! Yes dear Paula, we weird boys ha ha :)

The Logician from then to now on on January 13, 2016:

Yes, yes, the only way to get over irrational fear is to face it head on. But you take it from here Wesman, I've used 8 of my lives with her, can't lose the 9th.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 13, 2016:

Paula needs snake stories! In fact, Paula needs her very own pet love and to hold :)

The Logician from then to now on on January 13, 2016:

I caught a six foot black snake when I was 14 at riding camp. I was a counselor in training and would use the snake in a show and tell for the campers. The snake was totally docile once on my body, would stay wrapped around my neck and shoulders wherever i went at the camp and would crawl from person to person never trying to bite. But if he got off of human touch, like the time I was washing my hands under the awning of the latrine and he reached up pulling himself off me in seconds into the roofing beams he could not be touched. He would bite at anything within 3 feet of him and he had at least that much of a reach when he did. I got bit a few times, never bothered me, just some scratches but it was so weird that as long as he was being held he was totally docile.

Paula, I have more snake stories, wanna hear?

Suzie from Carson City on January 13, 2016:

LOOK......There's something really WRONG with you guys....OK? I mean, I love you and all that good stuff........but snakes and spiders just need to stay where ever it is they live and do whatever it is they do.......FAR far away from ME.

If you weirdos wanna play with can go Far far away too.

Honestly, I swear, if anyone ever thought they were funny and tried to tease me or scare me with a snake, they would regret that till the day they die!!....which wouldn't be much long afterwards. I promise!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 13, 2016:

Alastar, I LOVE rat snakes! Also, I believe that is the biggest species of snake I've ever witnessed an individual of, a rat snake, in the wild I mean...not in a zoo or other cage.

Thing is - we've got a small time chicken farm going on over here, and Pater, he has little patience for the rat snakes, for ...reasons, man, reasons.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 13, 2016:

Oh my heavens! That is the last thing i'd want is you to hate me. My bad on the running over on them, I reflected you wouldn't do that and didn't want to get even near them in a car. You are right about the cute southern butt though, at least that's what I've been told a time or two by cute. lovely women like yourself. I know snakes are bad news for a lot of folks and it'll never change. But some of us like 'em, and can't resist a chance to give them a positive review. Once caught a 7 foot yellow rat snake and he was a babe in arms the whole hour. And as a kid, the lady next door would faint dead away for hours if she even saw a picture in a book of a little green snake. It's a diverse world we live in and one last thing I can say for sure, they ain't the devil and blacksnakes are not diabolically mating with copperheads to attack humans, as is the latest nature news is some quarters round here. All the above with good intentions my lady friend:)

Good one, Wesman. The wolf spiders around here are harmless and eat up the bad bugs. Shoot, I let them crawl about on the ceiling and am happy to see them.

The Logician from then to now on on January 13, 2016:

Yeah well, they are not real common but do appear from time to time nearer Pennsylvania in the mountainous areas.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 13, 2016:

We almost had a group cyber hub up above! heheheh

tsadjatko - you're a wild one! I grabbed a rat snake by the tail once....thing came at me, and I screamed and jumped backwards about ten feet! I had no idea any self respecting pit viper would live so far north! Must be the climate change!

The Logician from then to now on on January 13, 2016:

Wesman, I lived in NY, there are copperheads and timber rattlesnakes in south and southwestern NY. I once caught a 3 foot copperhead in the basement of a farm house (converted into appts.) I lived in. After moving in we found out the townies called it the snake farm. We had to check the basement (dirt floor, stone walls) every night for snakes. My college room mate and I caught at least a dozen (mostly 3-6 foot long black snakes) at the house before we moved out. We would put the black snakes on the grass curled up and entice them to lunge at us while we practiced grabbing them behind the head when they did. Got really good at it, they're not as fast as they appear. Mostly fear factor.

Suzie from Carson City on January 13, 2016:

Yes, Alastar, I agree with you: "Let's get REAL." This is a very nice, rational comment you have written me. Whether or not I was BORN with an aversion to snakes or acquired it at some point in my life.....It exists and I have it.

Of course I do not KILL them nor would I. In order for me to kill a snake I'd have to get pretty close to it, now wouldn't I? No worries Alastar. You can bet your cute Southern Butt, where ever a snake is......I am already miles from it in the opposite direction.

You should be as worried about me as you are those slithery my age, I could easily have a heart attack if it so happened I came upon a snake & had no where to run or hide. I can promise you, you have never heard an authentic blood-curdling scream until you've heard mine when I see a snake.

Never never never will this lady make friends with a snake. So you & Wesman & Tsad can play with them all you want.......If you come near me I would hate you forever!!!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 13, 2016:

Ms. Effer, your a smart, bubbly, wonderful lady and you know I luv ya, but let's get real with some facts about the most misunderstood creatures on earth. No slithering and no slime. Their skin is like leather for one thing. And the inside of their mouths are cleaner than ours are even after a Listerine bath. And it wasn't snakes that gave us the bubonic plague, it was the fleas on the rats that a lot of nature's snakes keep under control. Your not born with a fear of these animals, it's an acquired psychological one. You can beat that block! Go to a local nature place if possible where experts can introduce you to the truth of these wonderful creations. Yes ma'am, I know what your thinking. At least don't purposely run over them in the road, please kind lady:) They have it tough enough as it is.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 12, 2016:


I don't think you even have a dangerous snake in New York! Except in a zoo or something.

Suzie from Carson City on January 12, 2016:

OMG.....the simple act of "imagining" a snake makes me cringe, shake and hyperventilate.....(Wesman, get your mind out of the gutter!)....I once ran and screeched for nearly an entire mile after seeing a slithering slimy snake slide past me. and I would NOT go back to my yard until they PROVED to me they got rid of it.

Just writing about this gives me goosebumps........Wes, I know you want to believe it's because of your handsome self, but it's the SNAKES buddy!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 12, 2016:


Hey Sunshine, just think - the wolf spiders feel the same way about other spiders as you do! See? ~sings 'why can't we be friends'~

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 12, 2016:

I recently got used to snakes being in my vicinity without me thinking of ending it's life span, but I highly doubt I could ever get used to spiders. My first thought is...Kill!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 12, 2016:

Hi Alicia!

Yes, they're very respectful spiders. They certainly give right of way to me, and so I try very hard to make sure I never squish them! They will sometimes get into your home, sadly, in those circumstances, I'm not sure of any gentle removal solutions.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 11, 2016:

This is an interesting hub. I enjoyed meeting your "personal friend" and learning about the wolf spider a great deal! It certainly sounds like it could be a friend under the right circumstances.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 10, 2016:

Dr. Billy - them there's a snake that truly frightens me. Then again, it is probably because I've never seen one in the wild. ~crosses self~

Ann - That is very wise! Wiki is the best source of information on the web, buuuuuut it's going to have lots and lots of errors in there, as there is no such thing as an unbiased author.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 10, 2016:

Oooh! Do we? I'll be more wary now then though I take wikipedia with a pinch of salt!


Dr Billy Kidd from Sydney, Australia on January 10, 2016:

I've dealt with rattlers and water moccasins. But not with spiders.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 10, 2016:

Thanks Ann! According to Wikipedia though, you DO have them in Britain. Probably you don't have anywhere nearly so many wolf spiders as we do here in Texas where it is mostly always warm.

I think I like spiders because they eat the insects that annoy me the most...insects like bedbugs!

Ann Carr from SW England on January 10, 2016:

We don't have any nasty spiders in Britain; some big ones but none is dangerous. That's why I can't understand anyone here being scared of them; I think I'm the only one in my family who doesn't mind them at all!

Great info here and superb illustrations.


The Logician from then to now on on January 10, 2016:

Wes take it from a man who has been to Venus (and Mars) and lived through it, you will never be mature enough to start dating. That only happens once you have dated many, and i do mean many, women of all different shapes and sizes and ages so get started man while you are still young, you will need all the strength you have in that 41 year old mind and body. Obama says!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 10, 2016:

....a little less conversation, and a lot more action! ~smirk~

Suzie from Carson City on January 10, 2016:

Wes.....You know I can't pass up an opportunity to give you unsolicited advice. If you're having the "best conversations with women 8 to 12 years younger" than yourself.....yes, you might just be making progress. Any younger than that, you know it's time to change the TOPIC OF DISCUSSION!! LOL

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 10, 2016:

Heheheh Thanks Paula! I'm 41 years old now, I'm almost mature enough now to start dating, I, maybe.

I've also come to realize that insofar as available or single women go....for whatever reason, I always seem to have the best conversations with women 8-12 years younger than me. See? Making progress!

Suzie from Carson City on January 10, 2016:

Wesman....Well now, if "Obama says so," all the more reason to feel as I do. It's quite "personal" between myself and spiders. While my son was on maneuvers on one occasion with his U.S. Marine Corps Battalion, he was bit by a highly venomous spider. Had his tent buddy not been so alert & swift....I would not have my precious son.

You would understand if you had those little Wesmans I keep nagging at you about!! Are you just gonna keep playing the field until all the plant life is dead??! Get your sorry butt settled down with a cute little Texan, Wesman! Love, Effer.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 10, 2016:

Thanks moonlake! Also, thanks for not squishing the spider and her precious children!

I think most of us are just born hard wired to fear spiders. My brain is just defective in that way :D

moonlake from America on January 09, 2016:

My kids are all afraid of spiders even as grownups. They will go running like little babies. Somewhere in one of my hubs I have a photo, I think it's a wolf spider and her babies. My kids wanted me to kill her but I wouldn't. We also had big dock spiders at our old house that scared the heck out of many people. Enjoyed your hub.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 09, 2016:

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Me and tsadjatko, lovin' the ones others just won't.

The Logician from then to now on on January 09, 2016:

I've heard of Simon says, but Obama says?

Snakes & spiders.....2 of my favorite creatures,!!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 09, 2016:

Aw EFFER, you must not denigrate the wolf spiders for the actions of a few lunatics, Obama says so!

Suzie from Carson City on January 09, 2016:

Wesman...You are one crazy spiderman. No way, no how am I getting close to a damned spider of any kind. I'm not speaking sweetly to one either. All any spider around me is getting is the bottom of my foot!

Snakes & spiders.....2 of my least favorite creatures,!!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 09, 2016:

Talk sweet to them! When you spot one, stand calmly before it, and say " Good day Sir or Madam! Thanks so much for ridding my domain of the nasty spiders! Thank you kindly, good wolf spider!"

Then calmly walk away :D

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on January 09, 2016:

Now you've gone and scared me! I'll have to look out for them now. :)

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 09, 2016:


Oh you DO have wolf spiders down your way. They live everywhere humans do. These don't do webs, they hunt on the ground, and most likely eat those spiders that annoy you. Thank a wolf spider whenever you see one for all they do for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on January 09, 2016:

We have small spiders here, most of them don't bite. These we call anansi. The dangerous ones mostly live in the bushes. The ones that live in the house are usually harmless, but pesky because they make a lot of webs, messing up the place. I have a bit of arachnophobia so I stay far away from them.

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