#Arachtober 16: as it's grass spider season, a quick guide to telling wolf spiders and grass spiders apart. They are often confused with each other due to similar colours and patterns, which is not a good way to distinguish spiders!

Grass spiders are usually found in funnel webs, have long spinnerets visible, and have 1 pair of small eyes on the top of their head.

Wolf spiders don't make webs*, have no visible spinnerets, and have 2 pairs of eyes on the top of their head. 🐦

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(* There are a few kinds of wolf spiders that DO make funnel webs, but they are only found in a few places in the world. In the US, only on its southern border. Autumn + eastern North America + funnel web = grass spider.)

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Grass and wolf spiders have distinctly different eye arrangements. This is what they look like from the front. Grass spiders have 8 small eyes clustered at the front of their head. Wolf spiders have 2 big "hi-beams", 4 "fog lights" beneath, & 2 "taillights". 🐦

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@ashwinvis No! Many have 6. A few have 4 or even 2, and there are some freaky weirdos that have ODD NUMBERS of eyes. There are even spiders that live in dark caves and have lost their eyes entirely.

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