One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Ever seen a creature like this?

For this week’s mystery, what is it, and do you see anything unusual about it?

I’ll check back later!

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The scale here is terrible, but this spider’s legs spread about an inch in diameter, and she will continue to grow all summer, making the wolf spider the largest in our area. They are agile and see well with their eight eyes (eight!), two of which are large at the top of the head.

And how did I know that was a she?

Look closely. The white thing below her abdomen is an egg sac. The wolf spider carries it to protect her young, attaching it to herself with thread from her spinnerets because she does not build a web. Instead, wolf spiders hunt to catch their prey.

 

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2 thoughts on “One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

  1. Cool! I dare say fishing spiders challenge the wolf spider in size. Years ago one fell out of a tree into my canoe and I almost had a heart attack. Then one made my cellar drain home for several days. I gave her a wide berth. Size aside, both are amazing creatures.

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