Bug of the Week: Spider Mystery

Today we have another mystery. What is this marbled cellar spider, Holocnemus pluchei, carrying?

mystery spider

2 Comments

  1. Catherine

    babies? or ants

  2. Roberta

    Catherine, your first answer right.

    These are baby spiders that the spider is carrying. You may have seen some spiders that carry their offspring on their back, like wolf spiders. Other spiders leave their eggs in a sac. This is the first time I have seen babies carried this way.

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