Arctic adventures from Northern Alaska, where we’re exploring the role of wolf spiders in the ecosystem (and discovering lots of other tiny wonders of the tundra along the way!).
Photo by Kiki Contreras
Welcome to Wildlife Sightings! Even though we're focusing on spiders up here, we encounter all kind of cool critters on a daily basis. From here on out, every time we see a new plant or animal of note, we'll try and share a picture and a few words on the natural history with you.
We'd received a few reports from other researchers of wolf spiders running around on the few thawed patches of tundra, but we had yet to see it for ourselves. Until Wednesday, when I spotted a familiar eight-legged shape scurrying across the floor of our lab. This Wildlife Sighting isn't just about wolf spiders, it's about the first wolf spider. You'll be hearing a lot about spiders this summer, but we thought our first spider of the season deserved a special post. The picture above was taken after multiple attempts to get it to hold still, but we think we ended up with a pretty good glamor shot!