Confrontation by Trevor Needham

A wolf in wolf’s clothing.

I was at home in Kallaroo, Western Australia, watching cricket on TV. I do a lot of that; at least according to Carol I do! Australia was losing so I was getting restless. I noticed this Wolf Spider over by the fireplace, eyeing me up. They are a fierce and feisty lot, the Wolf Spiders, and fearless hunters.

We share our house with several of these. They mostly allow us the run of the place, but occasionally they get a bit grumpy as this one did after suffering numerous ocular assaults from my flash unit from a range of, oh, all of two inches.

He was quite docile for a while; just sat there and let me take pic after pic. But then he started to get a bit angry and agressive. He charged me a couple of times and then started chasing me around the family room. Every time I changed direction he followed me. At one point he actually leapt in the air trying to get to me. No matter that he was about the size of an Aussie fifty cent piece, he was gonna get me no matter what.

After a while I was able to appeal to his better nature and eventually he calmed down. Well, let’s be honest, I ran away and he forgot about me (spiders have a notoriously short attention span). By the time I returned and caught him in a sandwich box and ejected him from the house (wife’s orders) we were back on friendly terms.

Of course he’s got plenty of mates around the house, so we’ll have to be on the lookout in case they start plotting The Arachnid’s Revenge.

Anyone for a horror movie?

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  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 6 years ago

    Great macro!

  • Thanks Rick!

    – Trevor Needham

  • DonnaM
    DonnaMabout 6 years ago

    Great shot Trevor…you need to put this in the close ups group & also there are a few others for creepy crawly things…oh they are creepy…relentless too…lol

  • Thanks Donna!

    – Trevor Needham

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerabout 6 years ago

    I read your description, and oh my goodness….. freaky! Glad you set him outside. I wouldn’t be able to sleep knowing these critters were INSIDE my house. = )

    Fantastic macro!

  • Thanks Kimberley. I love ‘em! I don’t mind having them in the house but Carol always insists I put them out!

    – Trevor Needham

  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulabout 6 years ago

    Id run too!!!! Thats one awesome close-up!

  • Thanks Vonne – much appreciated!

    – Trevor Needham

  • Rick Lawler
    Rick Lawlerabout 6 years ago

    This is closer than I ever want to get to one of them things! Great shot!

  • I just love ‘em! Thanks for the comment. I checked out your work – some great images, I’ll have a closer look later.

    – Trevor Needham

  • Jennifer Potter
    Jennifer Potterabout 6 years ago

    He’s beautiful!!! A wonderful and aptly named spider they are, and you have got a winning shot of him here!! Very well done. : )

  • Thanks Jennifer. You are obviously a fellow nature-lover! I like your work, too.

    – Trevor Needham

  • chung-deh tien
    chung-deh tienabout 6 years ago

    I love your story. great photo. I forget those aren’t mustache, those are eyes under the other 2 eyes. hee! hee! hee!

  • Many thanks Kaiju. This spider actually has eight eyes but you can only see six of them in this shot.

    – Trevor Needham

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenabout 6 years ago

    Wow, fantastic detail in those beady little eyes, and everywhere else that counts. I once accidently stepped on one of these whilst walking around barefoot outside late one night, and they can inflict quite a bite when riled…so you did good to leave him be! Excellent macro Trevor.

  • Hi Marion. Good to hear from you. I’ve heard/read that Wolfie’s can inflict a painful bite, even though they are not considered dangerous to humans. But I try never to hurt spiders – I consider them our allies.

    – Trevor Needham

  • Carol  Lewsley
    Carol Lewsleyabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic macro Trevor love your story

  • Thanks Carol – and the story is essentially true. I was amazed when the spider jumped three inches in the air trying to get at me!

    – Trevor Needham

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockabout 6 years ago


  • Thanks Steve :-)

    – Trevor Needham

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