Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Discussion of 2018 gathering

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

Possible Schizocosa crassipes? - Schizocosa

Possible Schizocosa crassipes? - Schizocosa
Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, USA
June 3, 2010
I believe that this is a wolf spider in the genus Alopecosa. Can anyone confirm genus and perhaps point me towards species?

Moved from Wolf Spiders.

Moved from Spiders.

Moved from ID Request.

Schizocosa crassipes (Lycosidae) might also be a possibility:

Thank you
It looks much more like the Schizocosa crassipes photos in the guide than it does like Alopecosa. Can you recommend a good book for spider id's?

Here are a couple, depending on your interests.

For ID's down to the genus I recommend Spiders of North America, available through if I'm not mistaken. Also available here:

If you're new to spiders and want to get a general overview of the different kinds, their life histories, etc, try American Spiders by Willis J. Gertsch. It's out of print so you'll have to hunt for a copy, but it's worth it if you can find one.

For wolf spiders in particular, The wolf spiders, nurseryweb spiders, and lynx spiders of Canada and Alaska by Dondale and Redner can be downnloaded as a free .pdf file here: Many of the species covered in there also occur in the states.

There aren't really any good field guides, but Spiders and Their Kin by Herbert Levi, available in most bookstores, shows a lot of the spiders you're likely to encounter.

Thanks for the recommendations
I have "Spiders and Their Kin", but I can never find any of my spiders in it, including this one. I'm eager to check out the .pdf file and other books - Amazon has them both. Thanks again.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.