Rabidosa rabida

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Photograph by Lou Shackleton.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

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Rabidosa rabida – rabid wolf spider.

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“I know, mama. But he was my spider. I’ll do it.”

ksplawn said:

“I know, mama. But he was my spider. I’ll do it.”

I figured the rabid wolf spider would be the rabid wolf.

Are those eggs on the spider’s back?

Scott F said:

Are those eggs on the spider’s back?

They were.

Scott F said:

Are those eggs on the spider’s back?

I’m pretty sure those are recent hatchlings/spiderlings; according to the caption-link.

Mother wolf spiders exert considerable parental care (for a spider). The female attaches the egg sac to her abdomen and carries it around until the eggs hatch. She afterwards carries the babies on her abdomen, which is what is going on in the above picture. I have read that the babies will do some cannibalism upon each other during this time. They disperse once they have molted to a slightly larger size. From then on they are on their own.

ksplawn said:

“I know, mama. But he was my spider. I’ll do it.”

Beautiful! It’s worth a month of looking through ignorant and hateful comment sections on the web just to find this sort of proof that there are still truly clever people around. Made my day, thank you.

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