Wolf Spider and Young?
Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 3:12 PM
Saw this spider last year when I lived in Oklahoma. These are the only two photos that I could get before it went into deeper into the weeds. Is this a Wolf Spider with her young?
Your photo illustrates typical maternal behavior of a female Wolf Spider caring for her spiderlings. The Wolf Spider drags her egg sac around and when the spiderlings hatch, they climb on the mother’s back for several days, eventually dispersing. This behavior is protective as well as an aid to assisting the spiderlings in their dispersal. As they drop off the mother spider individually or in small groups, they will not be competing with one another for food.