Spidermum

wolfspider-01This was inspired by Charlie’s spidey doodlewash yesterday, so you’ve him to thank.

I don’t know about you, but I thought this as much sweet as utterly, utterly terrifying. This is the ginormous female Wolf Spider, devotedly piggybacking her many hatchlings – themselves unacceptably large – which she will happily do until they feel they are independent enough to go solo. She will essentially let them clamber all over her body, though they tend to cluster together on her back.

As long as she doesn’t ferry her little ones in my direction, I’m perfectly happy to admire her tireless parenting. I suppose when you eat the daddy immediately after sex, choices become limited.

But still: nature, there. A fascinating sight. I bet when they finally do fledge, mummy thinks to herself, “that’s a weight off the shoulders”.

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25 comments
  1. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    Terrifying real…….. I’m away brrrr

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    • Jacob said:

      Yes… not a creature I’d wish to meet. Fascinating parenting, though!

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        Yes, facinating but I stay away as far as possible:)

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      • Jacob said:

        That sounds a wise plan!

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  2. memadtwo said:

    I recently saw one of these…they are huge, and best avoided I think.(K)

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  3. Oh, Charlie, what hath thou wrought?? LOL!

    I’ll say the same to you as I said to Charlie: I don’t know how you can stare long enough at the reference photo to paint a spider. Makes me shudder! That said, it is a handsome looking spider…if spiders can be considered good looking. 😉

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    • Jacob said:

      Haha! This actually wasn’t that big a deal for me – I thought the whole piggyback concept was really quite interesting; perhaps that warded off any spooks. I’d be more than shuddering if I bumped into mummy and the kids at the park, though!

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  4. That’s so terrifying!!! Which translates to…awesomely rendered, Jacob!! 😃 Even though I’ve no desire to meet such a creature in person, one does have to admire such a devoted mum! Hehe

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie – I’m not sure I got the cuteness across quite as smartly as you did. It’s harder with spiders than you made it look. 😉 But yes, this is definitely a creature observed best from afar. Or just not at all! 😉

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Rebecca! Ha ha, no, thankfully not. Goodness, that’d be a memorable hike, for all the wrong reasons!

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  5. Too life like! I have a battery operated “sucker upper” to catch spiders. I swing it about like Dark Vader’s lightsaber whilst simultaneously screaming loudly.
    JP

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, JP. Aw – I’d have thought Guido would flick them away without a moment’s panic! I’m always (well, usually) patient in trying to escort them out the window. I feel awful if I kill one.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much Laura! Yes, I was seeing spiders out of the corner of my eye for a while after staring at this one for so long… creepy indeed!

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  6. haha, choices become limited indeed! I wonder what the evolutionary purpose behind eating ones mate is?

    Great drawing- even if it does slightly give me the heebie jeebies. Not so much the Mama spider, either…it’s the numerous teeny spiders that freak me out more, i think. Creepy crawlies in large groups should not be allowed!

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    • Jacob said:

      I think it’s just the idea of males being useless post-deed… not that that’s unique to spiders. 😉 But I’ve always been quite intrigued by this particular behaviour. Depending on age they may be unlikely to mate again, so they see the most value in contributing to the nutrition of their babies. Some are known to basically throw themselves at her, while others will try to get away and fail. Many do escape.

      There is quite fantasically one species – I forget which, though – where the male ties the female up immediately after mating, so she can’t sink her teeth in. That showed her! 😉

      I think this is quite sweet actually, but as I’ve said, I’m sure that view would change were I placed before a devoted Wolf Spider mummy and bubbies. Indeed, a group of tiny spiders is probably more frightening than one large one… especially with the speed they grow!

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      • “not unique to spiders” Hahahahaha!
        I totally didn’t even consider that they mightn’t be able to do it again. I wonder what becomes of the hubby spiders who escape? Maybe they become spider monks or something.
        Ha! re: the spideys who tether their mates so as to avoid the biteys. Amazing! Nature is fascinating. Mefinx it might be time for a good ol’ nature doco viewing or two.
        The idea of the spidey mum carrying her bubbies IS cute; i can’t deny that. I think while they’re contained on their mum’s back i’m ok. Especially if they’re just the drawn type 😉

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha, Spidermonks. Love it – it should either be a cartoon or a shoddy rock band. As for the survivors, I’m betting they just try their luck once more! They just can’t keep it in their eight-legged trousers, those spiders. Perhaps they get off – so to speak – on the horrifying danger of the situation…? 😉 It is perplexing, but apparently very effective. Nature!

        Ha! Yes, I’m a lot more tolerant of the Photoshop Digi-Wolf Spider. 😉

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      • I would watch a cartoon about spidermonks 🙂
        Haha, yes, I think that’s it; Spiders are just kinky little feckers!
        Actually picturing spider trousers, and thinking how difficult they’d be to sew O.o

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  7. teproleum said:

    I love spiders, but that thing right there is nightmare fuel lol! It reminds me of the giant water beetle, but it’s the male who carries the eggs on his back. It’s quite gross especially when the eggs begin to hatch.

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    • Jacob said:

      Ooh, I didn’t know that the beetle did the same thing. Interesting, if indeed a little gruesome. Thanks for dropping by – I hope big mummy didn’t give you any nightmares! 😉

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  8. Awesome drawing, I think I looked at it for a moment or two before moving on quickly to read your blurb. A female who eats her mate and is a great mum. Got to admire that! 😀

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha – thank you very much, Beth! They certainly are highly fascinating creatures, whatever we may think of them.

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