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Morning Dog Walk: An Old Aquintance

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I often walk past the first Tarantula Wolf Spider burrow that I discovered last year and this morning she was outside the entrance. Remarkably, she still has her babies on her back. She has been carrying these since October. The females carry the young on their back until they are old enough to leave the burrow.

A lot of grass has grown around her burrow making it difficult to get some shots but here are some I managed.

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Yet Another Tarantula Wolf Spider Burrow, In The Garden!

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Myself and Emma took the Dog for his walk this morning and just about to walk down our long drive and Emma said “What’s this hole?”. To our surprise it was yet another Tarantula Wolf Spider Burrow. That is now 3 different burrows that I’m aware of.

This afternoon, I waited for her to pop her head out. She has no babies and is a little smaller than my normal one down near the river.

Here is a quick photo I got. I will be getting more soon. Find more information about the Tarantula Wolf Spider HERE

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Female Tarantula Wolf Spider

The Tarantula Wolf Spider Showed Me Her Babies This Morning

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I check the burrow of our local Tarantula Wolf Spider most mornings whilst walking Wally and although she has her babies all snuggled on her back, I’ve not yet managed to have a good look.

This morning, armed with only my mobile phone, she gave me a very brief glimpse of her babies.

The babies stay on her back until they are large and strong enough to fend for themselves. As you can imagine, she is being very protective of them and doesn’t come out of the burrow very often.

Although not a great photo, you can clearly see the babies on her back. Notice how one of them has left her back briefly and is on the burrow opening. It soon jumped back on.

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Tarantula Wolf Spider with babies

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Cobwebs In The Mist

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The weather forecast mentioned the chance of some clouds early this morning. Well, we had just one cloud, ONE BIG CLOUD. It seems the entire northern Algarve Hills were covered in thick hill mist this morning which has now made way for a warm and sunny day!

My morning dog walk was transformed into a stunning display of water droplets on the many Spider Webs. Armed with just my mobile phone, I snapped a few shots. Oh and whilst we are on the subject of Spiders, the resident Tarantula Wolf Spider now has many hatched babies attached to her abdomen, unfortunately, she is very reluctant to come out of her burrow so no photos yet.

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