Woman discovers a huge wolf spider with hundreds of babies on its back in the garden


A woman mowing her lawn was in shock when she discovered a giant black spider in the grass that hundreds of babies were clinging to.

Jo Forbes took photos of the arachnids in the town of Cobargo, New South Wales, Australia and uploaded them to the Australian Spider Identification Page Facebook group to ask what species it is, according to News.com.au.

“I found this spider with lots of baby spiders on its back while mowing. I got it out of harm’s way and then when I went back to take another picture all the babies were gone, ”she wrote in her post. “Please can someone identify it for me?”

Users on the forum quickly identified them as a female wolf spider, one of the few species their young carried this way for protection.

“More specifically, Tasmanicosa sp from the Lycosidae family of wolf spiders,” clarified one contributor.

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While many of the amateur arachnologists looking at the post loved the photos, others admitted they were scared.

“Damn it, it’s still scary – even without the 300 babies that could crawl over me. Just made me shiver and wiped my arms, ”one person wrote.

The wolf spider is considered poisonous but not fatal and is unlikely to pose a threat to humans unless provoked.

Posted a profile of the species in the same group in January, amateur spider expert Ben Shoard stated, “Wolf spiders are a widespread spider with nearly 2,500 described species spanning multiple continents and nearly 200 described species in Australia.

“Many of the species are very common and feel very comfortable on open lawns and gardens. If you use a headlamp at night, you can see the blue reflections of your eyes illuminating you. You might be surprised how many spiders there are. The most reliable way to identify wolf spiders is their eyes.

“When viewed from above, the upper four eyes basically form a square, with two large eyes facing more or less directly in front of them and two sitting behind them. There are four eyes in the lower layer, which can vary a little between the species, sometimes form a neat row at the front or are easily split and shifted to the side. “

Mr. Shoard notes that the species lives in round burrows and is known for its parental skills: “The female carries the egg sac around its spinneret. As soon as the young spiders emerge from a neat hole in the sack, they cling to their mother and collect discarded food scraps as they develop into independent spiders. “

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