Photo by Melody

Striped Wolf Spider (Rabidosa punctulata)

Order: Araneae (ah-RAY-nee-ee) (Info)
Family: Lycosidae
Genus: Rabidosa
Species: punctulata


3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
Alexander, Arkansas
Bowdon, Georgia
Mandeville, Louisiana
Frederick, Maryland
Billerica, Massachusetts
Pillager, Minnesota
Roswell, New Mexico
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
Caddo Mills, Texas
Houston, Texas
Ingleside, Texas
Iowa Park, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Springtown, Texas

By Floridian
Thumbnail #1 of Striped Wolf Spider (Rabidosa punctulata) by Floridian

By TxTurqoize

Thumbnail #2 of Striped Wolf Spider (Rabidosa punctulata) by TxTurqoize

Member Notes:

Positive TxTurqoize On Sep 4, 2006, TxTurqoize from San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b) wrote:

Wonderful critters to have in the garden...tho do be careful, since they seem to be nocturnal..and watering flowerbeds in the daytime will flush them out of hiding. Large, handsome body with long tapering legs. Spiderlings ride on mother's abdomen.

Positive rlaWestTX On Mar 30, 2007, rlaWestTX from Midland, TX wrote:

when I was in high school in Marble Falls, TX, my father was a pastor. my job, under protest, was cleaning the church. I began by vacuuming up EVERYTHING in my way. we had an influx of scorpions (YICK). My dad told me to stop sucking up the wolf spiders. so I did, AND no more scorpions!! Yea, wolf spiders! we need some out here in Midland, TX!

Neutral arachnology14 On Jul 29, 2008, arachnology14 from Arlington, TX wrote:

This spider is very often misidentified and i think some of the pictures posted may be incorrect. The spider most often misidentified as Rabidosa punctulata is Rabidsa rabida. both spiders have similar dorsal markings. The easiest way to tell them apart is that punctulata is smaller and has large dark spots or sometimes a completely dark area on its ventral side where as rabida is a tan color on the bottom. Both spiders live in similar habitat and are both beneficial in reducing pest densities however rabida is much more common and more useful due to its size.

Positive Gazoodles On Jan 22, 2009, Gazoodles from Iowa Park, TX
(Zone 7b) wrote:

We have these patrolling the grass and in the gardens. I was surprised one night when I was out slug hunting to find a wolf spider up on the leaves of a zucchini plant enjoying a meal of some pest insect. Hooray for spiders!

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