Jun 9, 2006

Dutiful Mother

Motherhood is wonderful, but wolf spiders make it tough appreciate. The dutiful moms carry around the egg sack, and then the baby abominations hang on to her until partially grown. It seems like it should be touching, but it is just too creepy.

These hunting spiders (no, they don't spin webs) are often mistaken for brown recluses - but they lack the distinguishing violin pattern behind their heads. If you see one, just know that they are harmless (nonvenomous). But still, it is best to chase them off, for the childrens' sake.

Thanks for the great photo, Sean.

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