February 23, 2024

The Pizen Switch Times

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Wolf Spider in Mason Valley: Mom is carrying her spiderlets on her back

Mother spider carrying her spiderlets.

For the 2nd time in 2 days, a local Mason Valley household has relocated a wolf spider covered with tiny surprises.

 

According to livescience.com,

 “After hatching, the spiderlings climb on their mother’s back and she carries then around for several days,” said Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal, an arachnologist at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.

Male wolf spiders typically live for one year or less, while females can live for several years.

Wolf Spider in a pill bottle with spiderlets on her back, one tiny spiderlet is at the top of the photo. After the “photo-op” mother with babies-on-board was gently released outside.

The mother Wolf Spider may carry around her babies for several days for relocation and until they can fend for themselves.

During the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter, these spiders can come into human homes through even the smallest of crevices, often under doors seeking a dark corner or space.

Here is a clear photo of a mother Wolf Spider carrying her young.

Wolf Spider photo courtesy of Oklahoma State University

Wolf Spiders can be found all over the United States (and beyond) and their body size can be 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches in length. They are not poisonous to humans, but insects beware!

As their name suggests, Wolf Spiders chase and pounce on their prey. They do not build webs.