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The 8 Legged Wolf


Like other prairie creatures, wolf spiders build burrows as part of their survival strategy. The camouflage cover offers an opportunity to grab unsuspecting prey. As shown in this photo, the burrow also protects a female spider and her eggs, which she carries in a sac that can be as big as her own body. After they hatch, the new spiders will continue to hang out with mom, riding along on her back for the first week of life.

Photo: Dennis Lingohr/American Prairie