When I stepped out of bed in the dark of early morning, still aiming my
glasses at my face, the big blurry spot on the floor just looked like a
After my combo side-step, leap, fall, scream, thrust the
glasses on my face, and dive toward the spider with the empty water cup
from the night before move, when the spider was safely contained under
the cup, I noticed that little spots were moving on the carpet around the
They were baby spiders, so I started catching them too (spiders are fine
- OUTSIDE!). I was stunned at how many spiders there were, so I counted them:
I can't even imagine watching that many kids! This is one busy spider.
Here's a close-up of one of her offspring next to her leg. You can see
the claws on the end of the mothers leg:
Spiders are interesting creatures, but I really prefer them outside.
That's where I put this one, baby spiders and all. If you like
spiders, you might be happy to know that this last picture of a
Brown Anole Lizard
eating a Wolf Spider was
taken two months after I evicted the mom and her babies.
Most spiders have eight eyes, and if you look carefully at these two
pictures, you should be able to see the eight round black dots that are
this Wolf Spiders eyes. There are four small eyes in a row at the front
of her face, the two largest eyes are just above the row, and the two
medium-sized eyes are further back on top of her head.