Rabid Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Mama Mia
Location:  Coryell County, Central Texas
October 11, 2010 10:00 pm
Found this large spider in the garage. Live and let live, but I prefer large arachnids to live freely outside. Silly, I know, but that’s just how it is. Was going to nickname it ”Bruce” until I noticed all the spiderlings on her back. Took a couple of quick photos, and of course this was at night and I had to use the flash, sorry. I noticed that a couple of spiderlings were jumping ship, and promptly set them all free in the garden. May they live long and prosper.
Are they Rabidosa rabida? I looked up wolf spiders on a university website.
Signature:  Ellen

Rabid Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Ellen,
We concur that this appears to be a Rabid Wolf Spider, a harmless species with an unfortunate name.  We slightly adjusted the levels and darkened your images a bit and the detail is quite exceptional.

Rabid Wolf Spider with Spiderlings
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