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Wolf Spider


Wolf spider mom with many babies on her back (and some who got off to explore).


To my knowledge, wolf spiders are the only to care for their young like this - and there many wolf spider species. I don't know which species this one is, however.

1 Species ID Suggestions

EJ 9 years ago
Wolf spider

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freelancing 9 years ago

Thank you! This was the second time I ever saw this. The first time, I was on a walking trail away from my house and didn't have a good camera with me and the spider wouldn't stay still.

This one, was in front of my garage and I ran inside, got an empty & clean wide-mouthed juice bottle and an index card - put the bottle over the spider and slid the card underneath and flipped it over to observe her & her brood more closely.

Once I was confident she couldn't crawl out, I took the bottle inside and set up lights and took photos w/ a lens that isn't quite macro, but as close as I had at the time. I tapped the bottle a few times to get the babies off to get a better look at them. They then got back on mom and she was released into my backyard when their 15 minutes of fame were up.

I've added it to the mission you suggested - thanks!

KarenL 9 years ago

Awesome spot! This would be a great one to add to the Brooding Behavior in Arthropods mission.

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Denton, Texas, USA

Spotted on Sep 27, 2008
Submitted on Apr 28, 2012

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