We went for little hike today outside Boulder with some friends. I need to sort through all my photos, but thought I'd toss up these two first.
Wolf spiders are said to be common in Colorado, but this is the first time I've seen one. That's my index finger to give you an idea of its size. (Click on the photos to see them larger.)
Wolf spiders don't build webs but roam around on the ground looking for prey. They are not aggressive but will bite if they feel threatened. The bite can be dangerous to a small child or old person, but it's not lethal, just nasty.
After we'd ooh'd and ah'd over this one, I nudged it off the trail with my foot so it wouldn't get stepped on.
I've been interested to see that my recent post on an orange arachnid has been hugely popular. There must be a lot of people out there trying to ID the eight-legged critters they see.