These are fast running spiders found in grassy areas. Carapace is brown with a yellow median stripe and often with continuous or broken yellow lateral stripes. The abdomen is greyish or brown and mottled. There is a dark cardiac mark edged with white and this mark is often followed towards the rear by dark chevrons. The legs are long and annulated. Males have very large black hairy palps. They can run over water surface.
Once the eggs are fertilized, the female will create a large egg sac that is often made of white silk and shaped like a ball. She will then carry the egg sac by attaching it to her spinnerets. When the eggs hatch after about a month, the mother will tear open the egg sac and will carry the young spiders on her back. The young spiders will remain there by holding onto specialized hairs. This degree of parental care is a rare phenomenon for most spiders. When they are ready to leave their mother, the spiderlings will leave on the ground or balloon (float with the breeze using their silk).
Lat: 19.88, Long: 72.69
Spotted on Jul 2, 2012
Submitted on Jul 9, 2012