Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Not the best photo, but it was dark when this gal walked across the patio. My first encounter with the babies actually on mom’s abdomen.

Family: Lycosidae
Female (of course)

Wolf Spiders drag their egg sacs behind them from the spinnerets (which are close to that spiders butt). They then carry the hatched spiderlings on their back.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/493042

She was a pretty good size:

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2 comments
  1. Wow! I never knew. I have seen many of these spiders around my garden and at the lake but never with spiderlings – so cool!

    • Loret said:

      I had seen the egg sacs being carted around from time to time but this was my first encounter with wolf babies in 7 years of noticing Florida nature. Quite fascinating.

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