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Where i live now, these two occur together and can actually hybridize, being sibling taxa and very closely related.
It's not very common, however, and requires a small carolinensis male.
I thought this was just a really big coloradensis (never exceeds 3"), til i checked her venter.
Introducing the male to the female.
He's really big just a few mm short of 3". Great care must be taken when introducing male wolf spiders, especially geolycosa which can be very aggressive toward the males.
Ive had one chase the male and kill him right after mating.
sosippinae is a subfamily of Lycosidae known as 'Funnel-wolves', of which behave similarly to agelenidae.
Spiderlings of sosippus truly hunt cooperatively to tackle larger prey, as prey falls into the web, the spiderlings will quickly swarm all over it and subdue it.
Breeding this species was really interesting for me.
Difficult, too. Seems the young have to observe their siblings hunting to understand what to do with food.
Maybe next time i'll keep the slings together in their own communal enclosure and let them teach each other how to be spiders.