A Wolf spider with Babies, 20 April 2014

Hogna lenta, the Lenta wolf spider;
Lake county, Florida (20 April 2014).

Ah, babies. What would you do to protect your babies? Yes, this is a Hogna lenta wolf spider trekking about the suburban jungles of Lake county, Florida, with a pack full of baby spiders clinging to her bulbous abdomen. This is unique behavior in the spider world; only spiders of Family Lycosidae, the wolf spiders, are known to trek about with infants clinging to their abdomens. They do this for several weeks until the babies head out on their own. I swear, I only have one kid, and that feels like enough to handle… but, then again, wolf spiders don’t have to pay for college.

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