Wolf spider spotted with baby 'spiderlings' on its back

Spiders ... on a spider

Today's Bug of the Week looks like the thing of nightmares to those with arachnophobia.

Tracy Lutz-Noel sent in a picture of what she believes is a large wolf spider.

But it's not necessarily the size of this eight-legged beast that is eye catching. Rather, it's the fact it is carrying a whole bunch of baby spiders on its back – making it look super creepy.

“The female wolf spider carries her babies on her back until they are fully developed,” says Lutz-Noel.

It can take weeks for the “spiderlings” as she calls them to become independent.

“They will go everywhere with her, including hunting. If one falls off, she will stop what she is doing until it gets back on,” Lutz-Noel said after researching the critter.

Wolf spiders are robust and agile hunters with excellent eyesight. They live mostly in solitude and hunt alone, and do not spin webs. Some are opportunistic hunters, pouncing upon prey as they find it or even chasing it over short distances. Some wait for passing prey in or near the mouth of a burrow.

In other words, they like to hide in spots where they can pounce on their next meal. But don't worry, they're highly unlikely to pounce on a person.

Speaking from experience, make sure to shake out any clothing that may be drying outside and give those work gloves a quick look inside before you put them on – you never know what might have set up shop.

The good news is, wolf spiders are not very aggressive and are not harmful if they do bite someone.

Have you had a creepy crawly encounter? Send us a picture to [email protected].

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