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Wolf spider with young

Lycosidae sp.


Wolf spiders carry their eggs attached to the spinnerets at the end of the abdomen, allowing the spider to carry her unborn young with her. Immediately after the young emerge from their egg case, they climb up their mother's legs and crowd onto her abdomen.


Worldwide; shrublands, woodland, wet coastal forest, alpine meadows, suburban gardens. Most are wanderers without permanent homes.


Freshly hatched young. Mom still has her fangs in the egg sac. (image 2)

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27 Comments (1–25)

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Thank you Carol & Apple :)

Apple 9 years ago

@Small Wonders---Well deserved! Congratulations.

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago


Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Thanks Jeannette!

Jeannette 9 years ago

Congratulations :)

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Thank you Project Noah for SOTD! ... thank you everyone for your comments :)

harsuame 9 years ago

Felicitaciones fantastico genial!!!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Great photos, you got a perfect spot!

VivBraznell 9 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Fantastic shots! Congratulations!

craigwilliams 9 years ago

Incredible shots of a some very impressive mothering! Perfect SOTD. Congratulations

Atul 9 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Congratulations Small Wonders!
Grate spotting!

Yasser 9 years ago

This incredible set has been selected as Spotting of the Day! Congratulations and thanks for all your fantastic contributions!

"Wolf Spiders of the family Lycosidae are robust and agile hunters with good eyesight. They are unique in the way that they carry their eggs and care for their infant spiderlings."


Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Thank you Karen & Mary
Mary... Good for you for not killing them & good for your son to help you out :)

KarenL 9 years ago

Fabulous photos!

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Wonderful spotting and such detailed photos gave me goose bumps.
We have a problem with these entering our house - and being scared to death of spiders they are not welcome, but we do not kill them. I make my son pick them up on cardboard and carry them outside.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Fantastic spotting - well done !

kadavoor 9 years ago


Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Very nice addition to the "Brooding behavior in insects and other invertebrates" mission!

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

Great story & comments. I would not have recognized that as the egg sack, or that she had her fangs in it without the comments.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Thank you everyone - I was fortunate that she allowed me to photograph her :)

anita.luciano 9 years ago

Wow, that's really astonishing!

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Down right incredible. What a life enriching photo!!!

Small Wonders
Spotted by
Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Jun 13, 2011
Submitted on Nov 7, 2011


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