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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)
Spotted on Jun 13, 2011
Submitted on Nov 7, 2011
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27 Comments (1–25)
Thank you Carol & Apple :)
@Small Wonders---Well deserved! Congratulations.
Thank you Project Noah for SOTD! ... thank you everyone for your comments :)
Felicitaciones fantastico genial!!!
Great photos, you got a perfect spot!
Fantastic shots! Congratulations!
Incredible shots of a some very impressive mothering! Perfect SOTD. Congratulations
Congratulations Small Wonders!
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."
Thank you Karen & Mary
Mary... Good for you for not killing them & good for your son to help you out :)
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.
Thanks everyone for your comments!
Fantastic spotting - well done !
Very nice addition to the "Brooding behavior in insects and other invertebrates" mission!
Great story & comments. I would not have recognized that as the egg sack, or that she had her fangs in it without the comments.
Thank you everyone - I was fortunate that she allowed me to photograph her :)
Wow, that's really astonishing!
Down right incredible. What a life enriching photo!!!