I spotted my first wolf 'babies' today proudly riding on the back of their mother.
I know of four in the front garden (they seem to be quite territorial) and she is the only one to have hatched. The others should follow within the next week or so.
I captured a few shots, as well as a jumping spider (the first Iíve seen in two years!), but this Wolf, still with egg sac, appealed to me the most, and probably makes more sense from an Ďorderí point of view.
Their name "wolf spider" is derived from the fact that people erroneously thought they hunted in groups like wolves.
The spider lives in every variety of terrestrial habitats. They can even been found on the water skating over it and even diving under the surface catching small fish and insects. Some of these spider fish, by putting one of their legs into the water. If a fish is attracted and wants to catch the bait the spider catches it (I canít quite believe this as the wolf spiders in my garden are approx 8mm long!).
The cephalothorax (head-breast part) is elongated and usually high and narrowed in the front. They have eight eyes. Four small ones are located at the lower part of the face. Immediately above these there are two large eyes looking forward and father back there are also two big eyes that look upward. In this way the spider can look in four directions and can perceive moving insect at a distance of several inches. The legs and chelicera (jaws) are robust. The spider vigorously attacks her prey crushing it with her stout chelicera.
The majority of the genera carry their eggs in an egg sac attached at the back of their abdomen. Some genera (Arctosa, Trochosa and Alopecosa) keep their eggs under the ground in web coated holes or tubes.
The female spider is a creature with a variable temper. Notorious for her rapacious activities, she displays solicitude for her eggs and young that can scarcely be met by any other spider. Her egg sac, attached to her spinnerets, is a precious thing she will defend with her life. Her instinct is very powerful but she also can be easily fooled. When her egg sac is changed for something artificial, like a piece of cork or a wad of paper or cotton, she also will defend the artificial sac with her life.
-Notes courtesy of (with minor adjustments) www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/Spiders -