Wolf Spider

I usually see wolf spiders on the ground, this small wolf (about 3/8″ from head to tip of abdomen) was crawling about on goldenrod next to the Wetlands, sending silk airborne to be caught up somewhere, and presumably anchored there.

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This wolf spider was on goldenrod in Explore the Wild.
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The spider lifts its abdomen to send out a thread of silk into the air.

The silk never made it very far. It kept getting caught up on people as they walked by on the path.

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The spinnerets, from which comes the silk.
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Some of the spider’s silk wrapped around the foliage.

Any comments as to species, or exactly what this spider was doing?

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