In many ways, I’m like my kids: it doesn’t take much to amuse me. I mentioned previously my kids’ enjoyment of catching all things crawly, and our “pet” wolf spider, “Wolfie.” Well, Wolfie is now a mommy to hundreds of spiderlings. I’ll put the pics below the fold so that those of you with an aversion to spiders won’t be subjected to them.
She’s now dropped the egg sac and is just carrying around the babies. We plan to put her into a box or somewhere where I can get a few better photos, and then send her and her family back out into the garage from whence she came. In the meantime, since the extensive maternal care by female wolf spiders is (as far as I’m aware) unique, I’m reading Charlotte’s Web with the kiddos so they can learn about how other mother spiders deal (or, don’t deal) with their young.