Baby wolf spiders!

Exuviae

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Hey guys, I haven't posted here in a while, but I thought some of you might appreciate this little scene I woke up to today. I caught this girl back in March during a spring break trip to Georgia with my university's entomology club and today I found little ones on her back! I wasn't sure if she was fertile or not after her first sac disappeared after only a week or so, but this one was sticking around for long enough (and getting bigger!) that I thought maybe some spiderlings were inside. :) I'm pretty excited because this is the first wolf spider brood that's hatched in my care and Lycosidae is one of my favorite families!
 

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chanda

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Congratulations! I hope you have them in something escape-proof. Once they decide to leave Mama's back, those adorable wee beasties are brilliant escape artists.They can (and will!) climb glass and squeeze through the tiniest ventilation holes - and then you're up half the night, on hands and knees, chasing them down with a cup and a paint brush!
 

klawfran3

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I had a wolf spider disperse its babies in my house, not a fun deal finding them everywhere I went. I agree with Chanda. Make sure you have something they can't climb out of, or keep it outside because otherwise you'll be finding them for weeks.
 

The Snark

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That's a funny little surprise. Adult Lycos can't climb for beans as a rule. So you get lulled into a sense of false security. Those kids now, that is a different story. :astonished::confused::eek::astonished:
 

shining

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Wolf spiders were my first love growing up and what ultimately got me into keeping Ts. I wish more were present in this part of the city. Hmmmph...:/

Enjoy that bundle of spooder joy.
 

chanda

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That's a funny little surprise. Adult Lycos can't climb for beans as a rule. So you get lulled into a sense of false security. Those kids now, that is a different story. :astonished::confused::eek::astonished:
I know, right??? The adults will climb some plastic enclosures - but they aren't terribly good at it, unless they have ventilation holes to give them a foothold or eight. Mostly they just scrabble at the sides. Those babies, though! I even tried Vaseline around the top of the tank to prevent climbing (which works great for hissing cockroaches) but those baby wolf spiders just walked right over it!
 

The Snark

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Remembering a friend of the family out in the farmland around Chula Vista Calif. Her lawn, sort of a harf arsed mowed field, was up to it's eyeballs in lycos. She let the dairy cattle graze there occasionally. Just sit in one spot for a minute and you would have 3 or 4 climbing you. Sort of like slightly bumbling inept jumpers, curiously exploring everything.
 

Exuviae

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Thanks, everyone! I'll make sure keep an eye on them and double up on enclosures to help minimize escapes!
 
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