Two guys in Missouri had a particularly unwelcome visit from a large wolf spider, whose back was covered in a terrifying mass of little spiderlings. As you may imagine, the guys were not ecstatic about the visit, but they did capture it on video.
Bobby Brown, a former student of Northwest Missouri State University, filmed the episode and said that the arachnid measured about four inches in length with its legs fully extended. In the video, we see what is believed to be a wolf spider walking towards the cameraman, who slowly backs off, but does get close enough to film the arachnid’s “back”. The cameraman then shouts “Look at the babies on her back!” and zooms in so we can see them, too. Mr. Brown posted the video on Facebook and gave these details:
Two guys have been working and crawling around on these panels for a few days and then this little lady came out to say hi. She was about four inches all spread out, and her body was about the size of a Gatorade cap with all of the babies on her.
Incredibly, the video has been seen more than seven million times since it was posted last week, prompting Mr. Brown to comment:
It’s…insane. I posted that spider video on Friday, and now it’s gotten a million shares. I literally get a friend request every 10 seconds. My phone goes off all night long with updates. I’ve gotten 400 friend requests today alone. Worst. Decision. EVER!!!!
He adds that he released the spider outside, after the video was done. Now here is the video itself.
1. Two men in Missouri have had an especially unwelcome visit from a large wolf spider, whose abdomen was covered in a writhing mass of babies.
2. While the mother arachnid may have been looking for a safe place to raise her wriggling brood, her presence was met with horror by the panicking workmen.
3. Wolf spiders are good mothers because immediately after spiderlings emerge from the egg sac, a mother will allow them to clamber up her legs and live on her abdomen where they are camouflaged from predators and get the best chance of survival.
4. Female wolf spiders are unique in the way they carry their eggs. They attach a spherical silk egg sac to their spinnerets at the end of their abdomens, to allow them to carry their unborn young with them. Wolf spiders come in different shapes and sizes, which is why this one looks furrier than the one in the video.
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