Tigrosa georgicola is a species of Wolf Spider. This family includes the largest native spiders found in North America. This species hunts prey instead of spinning a web for ensnarement. It moves quickly, but with stealth, often concealing itself in dark corners or under the cover of leaf litter and logs. The spider is dark brown with a single light tan stripe running down the middle of its carapace. Small and faint pale marks may be visible on the large abdomen. Legs are mottled with bands near the joints. Wolf Spiders have impressive eyes that can reflect light in the dark, like deer and dogs. This characteristic is best seen at night, so it might not happen often with Tigrosa georgicola.
This spider is an active daytime hunter, so the likelihood of coming across one in the woods on a hike or in the yard is better than with other, nocturnal Wolf Spiders. Like almost every spider, it can and will bite if cornered and threatened. Its venom is not poisonous, but the bite of a Wolf Spider is painful. It can take days to heal. When sighted, it may remain still or run in quick bursts to increase the distance from a threat. Handling a Wolf Spider is not recommended.
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Wolf Spider: T. georgicola may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Wolf Spider: T. georgicola. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.