M's evening discovery

M discovered this lovely female Rabid Wolf Spider (Rabidosa rabida - same species seen here) this evening. Notice anything? Those spots on her back are her babies. After laying dozens of eggs, the female will wrap them up in silk and carry the egg sac on her abdomen until they are ready to hatch. The spiderlings stay on their mother's back until they are large enough to fend for themselves - around two weeks. Parental care in invertebrates is rare so this is pretty darn cool, especially care of young beyond hatching. Admitedly, I also find the reality of the situation to be disturbing and highly creepy -- eeeesh. Please, mama spider, stay outside with your babies and you can have all the grasshoppers and skeeters you want. Thank you.
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1 comment:

  1. Creepy Crawlies ALL OVER! Yesh...I agree, cool, but stay outta the house.