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Wolf Spiders: Maternal Duties Coming To An End

6-28-17 wolf spider 069Just a few days ago, this adult female wolf spider’s abdomen was covered three-spiders-deep with newborn wolf spiderlings. Wolf spiders, unlike most spiders, do not abandon their eggs. They carry their egg sac around with them until the eggs hatch, grasping it with spinnerets located at the tip of their abdomen. Not only does the female not desert her eggs, but she also provides protection for her newborn spiders. After hatching, the several dozen or more young crawl up onto her abdomen, where they ride around for several days. Eventually they drop off and begin a life of their own. In this photo, only three spiderlings remain (look closely) and they abandoned ship within the hour.

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6 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    😕 Hope she has enough to keep her busy….empty nest syndrome.

    June 28, 2017 at 8:00 am

  2. Barbara

    Wolf spiders are aptly named as they protect their young like wolves do!

    June 28, 2017 at 9:11 am

  3. Viola

    Mary, you are THE MOST PATIENT OBSERVER. Thanks for sharing it all with so many.

    June 28, 2017 at 12:22 pm

  4. Silly Monkeys

    Hi Mary,I am Sam’s sister,Siri.I have a question for you.What do wolf spider’s eat? -Siri On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Just a few days ago, this adult female wolf spider’s > abdomen was covered three-spiders-deep with newborn wolf spiderlings. Wolf > spiders, unlike most spiders, do not abandon their eggs. They carry their > egg sac around with them until the eggs hatch, graspi” >

    June 29, 2017 at 8:38 am

    • Hi Siri,
      Great question! Wolf spiders will eat all kinds of insects, including grasshoppers, crickets, earwigs and beetles. They will even eat insects that are larger than they are!

      June 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm

  5. I spotted a wolf spider with her egg sac just a few days ago at my camp. Thanks to you, I understood what I was seeing!

    July 7, 2017 at 10:57 pm

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