This 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”.