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Wolf Spider with Spiderlings by melvynyeo Wolf Spider with Spiderlings by melvynyeo
Wolf spiders are unique in the way that they carry their eggs. The egg sac, a round silken globe, is attached to the spinnerets at the end of the abdomen, allowing the spider to carry her unborn young with her. The abdomen must be held in a raised position to keep the egg case from dragging on the ground, however despite this handicap they are still capable of hunting. Another aspect unique to wolf spiders is their method of infant care. Immediately after the spiderlings emerge from their protective silken case, they clamber up their mother's legs and crowd onto her abdomen.

Because they depend on camouflage for protection, they do not have the flashy appearance of some other kinds of spiders. In general their coloration is appropriate to their favorite habitat.

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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Photographer
Simply charming. What a good mommy. :winner:
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Manigran Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great picture here. I honestly think it's adorable that she carries them on her back. She's such a great mommy. I recently watched a documentary about wolf spiders with David Attenborough, and in the video, the babies have the instinct to crawl on her back. It's like an human infant who automatically snuggles against its mommy.

Anyways, great job again.
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Princess-Toast Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
D:

One time, my mom stepped on a momma holding eggs, and all the babies ran in all directions after the momma died. It was like an ocean of baby spiders! I was soooo scared, and my mom started jumping around trying to squish them all. XD
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
:0
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draegornatose Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
motherhood can be a real pain in the butt, lol
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Haha! :)
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Nukawin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Not a spider fan but this is adorable, xD

And considering alot of people would never guess it, it's amazing to learn that even some species of spiders have very strong maternal instinct!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Soultrip69 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's missing a couple legs. lol
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Yeah... but could still hunt pretty well! :)
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Soultrip69 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course, it's a spider, they're designed to do that. They have eyes pointing in all directions, and their legs grow back I'm pretty sure. Much like a crab.
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MaddLouise Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm always amazed by your photos!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Thank you!!! :)
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MaddLouise Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :D
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aletia Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Amazing shot, the poor thing is missing so many legs! But the spiderlings are adorable :love: !
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Sure is :)
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Marmotica Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Marmotica Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You are more than welcome !:iconarrioch::iconnoctuline:
Have a wonderful day:iconeleog:.:hug:
:wave:Hugs and kisses from marmot! :iconkissmote:
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Ginwopesha Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
oh my god sooooo cute! I love spiders! ;)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Yes... they are cute! :)
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Ginwopesha Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
:)
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DamianDrazhar Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
all of my nightmares became true
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Nah.... they are so small :)
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DamianDrazhar Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
yes kill them when they are small so we don't get overun by giant Spiders carrying spiders carrying spiders >:C
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JulesGates Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
I hate spiders. They creep me out, but for some reason I always feel the need to look at them. One of those things where it's so ugly I have to look. It's a great picture, and the detail is wonderful; still freaks me out, though. xP
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Lol.... Glad you took a peek :)
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Winterous Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
This one is missing a leg.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
:(
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Jorapache Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Truly amazing! :O
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Thanks :)
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dmansir Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Excellent picture. Would love to fav it, but it freaks me out too much! :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
:) Thank you! :)
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IanPikachao Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
they're like cactuses
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Lol :)
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