Female Wolf Spider carrying Spiderlings

Subject: Kukulcania Hibernalis question
Location: South central Virginia
May 24, 2015 9:49 am
I saw this on the side of the house. I believe it’s a Kukulcania Hibernalis, the southern house spider. Do you know if the female carries its young on its back? Or is this a wolf spider? Thanks!
Signature: Nina Eagle

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings
Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Nina,
This maternal behavior is characteristic of Wolf Spiders in the family Lycosidae.  Alas, we cannot tell you to which species she belongs.

wolf Spider with Spiderlings
wolf Spider with Spiderlings

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