Spider Experience

Spiders generally don’t bother me. In fact, most insects don’t bother me at all (except mosquitoes, because let’s face it, they are not simply insects — mosquitoes fall into the realm of demon spawn and nothing less).

Last night, however … I met this guy.

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A common wolf spider. Who seems to be rather unusually sparkly…

Despite my general non-problem with spiders overall, when there is a spider in my garage that is nearly as large as my three-week-old chickens, my first inclination is to take a photo. My next inclination is to SMASH IT!! Because, ewwww, that spider is as big as my hand.

When I took the photo pictured above, I did notice how much the spider’s eyes lit up for the flash. It was odd — like the whole spider’s body was reflective, even…

So I went to smash the vile monster, and when I did, it was like an explosion of little spiders. No joke, there must’ve been a hundred little guys that came flying off of the big guy … well, girl, rather. See, wolf spiders don’t make webs. They don’t set traps for their prey like most spiders do. They are active predators. Since they don’t weave webs, the female spider carries her eggs on her back. Once hatched, the little ones ride around on momma for a couple of weeks.

So basically I killed their enormous monster of a mother. I think I got most of the little ones, too.

Once it occurred to me what happened with the spider explosion, I went back and looked at the photo again and realized that the mother spider wasn’t sparkly — those were all the eyes of the little ones shining up at me.

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Not a single sparkly spider, but rather, more like a hundred.

I almost feel bad for smashing them. Almost. if she hadn’t been such an overachieving giant, they likely would have survived. But I just can’t ignore that, babies or not. *shiver*

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12 thoughts on “Spider Experience

  1. I have some experience with wolf spiders, but none involves them exploding into a thousand tiny versions of itself! That’s pretty comical. I was wondering about the strange orbs of light, and your hypothesis makes sense: it most likely is photons that reflected off their miniscule eyes. The babies must of been packed together to create that big of a shine.

    Wolf spiders make great bouncers when it comes to keeping undesirable pests out of your garden. The downside is you have to put up with their presence, ha-ha.

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    1. I’m sure it had to have been amusing to my husband to see me dancing around like a sissy as a result of the explosion. I don’t think he gets that opportunity often. I don’t mind their presence so much in the garden — but gosh, stay out of my garage! 😉

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    1. I was a little worried for the chicks, too! I don’t really see a wolf spider killing a chicken, but at the same time, being still in the brooder, they’d be an awful easy target and a nice big meal for the whole family. The abundance of wolf spiders here amazes me every time I’m out in the garden. They’re fine out there — but the garage is where I have to draw the line, I think!

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  2. Sister Madly

    I’m generally cool with spiders out in their natural habitat… but once inside my apartment, they either have to die or pay rent- and I rarely offer them the latter option!

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