Wolf Spider with egg sac on a sunny day.
This is actually a White Banded Fishing Spider (Dolomedes albineus). Dolomedes spp. belong to the Pisauridae family, otherwise known as Nursery Web Spiders. The Pisauridae family, along with other families like Sparassidae (Huntsman Spiders), carry their egg sacks with their chelicerae. Wolf Spiders (Lycosidae spp.) carry their egg sacks with their spinnerets similar to Trechaleidae spp. (Long-Legged Fishing Spiders). Other families like Ctenidae (Wandering Spiders) will do both ways from time to time or it will vary from species to species of Ctenidaes.
Awesome! I didn’t know any spiders could carry the sac both ways or that there are Long-legged Fishing Spiders.
The only reason I know that about Ctenidaes is because they are becoming quite popular in the exotic pet trade with more and more people wanting to own the dangerous ones like the Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria fera). I’ve seen quite a few people online get these spiders imported to their countries and then proceed to breed them. This allows for them to show off their different breeding habits. Obviously, it does raise some concerns for their native populations being reduced by poaching so hopefully this new trend will die down.
Interesting! Are you working in a related field and/or breeding your own spiders? I keep watch for people trying to use the site to get locations for poaching. If any volunteer sees a post where someone new asks for a zip code or exact location, “to give an identification” or any other excuse – please respond to what that person wrote with something like, “Legitimate volunteers never need the exact geographic location. We ask that you don’t do this because it gives poachers they info they want.” Please also click the person’s profile and speech bubble icon to find other… Read more »
No, I’m currently not working in any related field or breeding my own spiders. The only breeding I have done in the past is with local spiders like Cheiracanthium, Trochosa and Amaurobius species. As for the poaching concerns for this website I will definitely keep an eye on that going forward. Take care for now!
That’s odd that it came out of a hole in the ground and it wasn’t near any water either. I’m quit confused now.