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What is this bug?
Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 3:03 AM
Found this bug drying out on a brick in the Mazzaron region of Spain after a rain shower. Was wondering if you could identify.
William
Mazzaron, Spain

Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac from Spain

Female Wolf Spider with Egg Sac from Spain

Hi William,
This is a female Wolf Spider, but we are not certain of the species.  Female Wolf Spiders drag their egg sacs around with them and once the spiderlings hatch, the mother spider will carry the young on her back for several days until they disperse.  This care method probably has the advantage of distributing the spiderlings in a larger area because of the mobility of the adult.

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Sadly I found this spider dead in our swimming pool skimmer. When I looked closely I found that there were many tiny baby spiders clinging to the mother. I was surprised that they were able to survive. Can you tell me what kind of spider this is and do you think the young spiders can survive?
Kathy

Hi Again Kathy,
Your spider is a Wolf Spider. The mother often carries the spiderlings on her back for several days to weeks. Though they survived the drowning, there are many perils awaiting young spiderlings, so they will not all survive, but some surely will.

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