Category: Nature Photography
Posted: September 30, 2017

Wolf Spider Carrying Her Babies

The Next Generation

by CREZart

Arachnids Contest Entry 
The Wolf spiders are unique in the way that they carry their eggs. The egg sac, a round silken globe, is attached to the spinnerets at the end of the abdomen, allowing the spider to carry her unborn young with her. The abdomen must be held in a raised position to keep the egg case from dragging on the ground. However, despite this handicap, they are still capable of hunting. Once the babies are born they clamber up their mother's legs and crowd onto her abdomen. They remain there until they are fully developed, living off their egg yolks (from their egg).  This could take weeks. They go everywhere with her, including hunting.  If one falls off, mom will stop what she is doing until it is back on top! Wolf Spiders have babies ranging from 100-300 at a time. From that figure only about half survive to adulthood They are robust and agile hunters with excellent eyesight. They live mostly in solitude and hunt alone, and do not spin webs. Some are opportunistic hunters pouncing upon prey as they find it or even chasing it over short distances. Some will wait for passing prey in or near the mouth of a burrow.
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