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They Grow Up So Quick!

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This is the 2nd Tarantula Wolf Spider burrow that I discovered a while back (more info) and she was considerably smaller than the first one I found which of course is no longer with us.

However, this morning, I took a look to see how she was doing and noticed that she’s enlarged the burrow and weaved a huge new opening. It didn’t take long for her to come and poke herself out to see what I was doing.

Just for scale, the opening is now around 8cm! Also, the new resident down at the river burrow has closed the entrance, so I suspect she is already having babies!

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Tarantula Wolf Spider - Lycosa tarantula
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Morning Dog Walk: Another Tarantula Has Moved In!

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A while back I posted that the first Female Tarantula Wolf Spider that I spotted had since died and that Ants had moved into the burrow.

However, this morning, I noticed something new! The very same burrow now has another weaved opening. This is much smaller than previously so therefore could be one of the offspring from last year who has decided to take the burrow on.

I couldn’t see any activity, but I will continue to monitor, the 2nd burrow I found which is very near to the house has a very active female, I will grab some photos soon.

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Morning Dog Walk: Swallow Nest, Bee Eaters & My Tarantula Is Possibly Dead!

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

The area was covered in thick mist this morning but I still decided to take the camera along and I took a stop at an old Well to check if the Barn Swallows had started to use the nest.

IMPORTANT! – It’s never a good idea to approach a nesting bird but in this instance I used the camera’s Live-View with the screen tilted so that I didn’t actually look over the edge of the well!

I pointed the camera like a periscope over the edge of the well and captured this shot of a Swallow already sitting on the nest. It’s both genius and dangerous for them to build this nest here. Of course, no predator can get to the nest, but if the nest falls off it will drop into the water or if a baby falls, it’s going to drown. Of course, when the young fledge, it will be a difficult flight too. This is the 2nd year, they have nested here, so maybe they know what they are doing.

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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 With Her Babies (Video)

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Whilst walking Wally (the dog) this morning, our local Tarantula Wolf Spider (Lycosa tarantula) was out of her nest either feeding on the many flies and ants the rain has brought out or she was making home improvements to her burrow opening.

As soon as she saw me she darted into the nest so I set my mobile (Samsung Galaxy S8+) up outside her burrow and left it there while I wandered along to the river. About 10 minutes later I returned to witness her dart into the burrow again.

This is the video the phone captured. You can clearly see the babies moving around on her back. They are getting quite large now and some have even started to wander around the outside of the burrow and even leave on their own life adventures. Who knows, maybe she’s outside trying to get them to pluck up the courage to leave. You’ll notice she has quite a nice garden and lawn growing now due to the recent rain.

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