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Waitin 4 hobbitses by Zippo4k Waitin 4 hobbitses by Zippo4k
Reminds me of Shelob from the "Lord of the Rings".

But less of a malicious movie-screen monster and more of an over-protective mother.
This is (probably) a female wolf spider from the genus Geolycosa ("earth wolf") in her den (possibly guarding an egg sack).
The burrow's opening was probably about the size of a silver dollar... perhaps a quarter... memory's fuzzy.

This is another photo from my family's trip down to Georgia last summer. We stopped of at a park in North Carolina called "Green Swamp National Park". It's one of the few places you can actually go to and see wild Venus Flytraps (though we did not find any while we were there.) We did manage to find plenty of other fascinating finds, though. :D

I must admit, spiders rarely intimidate me, but for some reason these guys are one of the few that do... I like wolf spiders, but this large one was more intimidating, I think impart because it was in a burrow, and only the business end of the spider was exposed.

More striking photos of female Geolycosids with their eggs: [link] [link]

Still if I had to choose an invertebrate for a mom, I think I'd feel a lot safer with her as mine.
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Acrionianspeculative Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
shelob's always hungry....
Taytonclait Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the colouring of the links of the spiders you have in your comments is gorgeous. People never view these creatures as maternal, which is a mistake

my personal favorite behavior its the male's "Oh god, please don't eat me, I just want love" dance
Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't seen one of these in real life, but I would be intimidated as well :nod: as much as I respect spiders, I am a bit afraid of them (not to the extreme of arachnophobia). Where I live there are black widows and a very particular type that weaves huge webs. This last scare me because of their bright colors (and size! one them was bigger than my thumb), hence making me think they're highly poisonous :o
Thanks for sharing ^_^
Zippo4k Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Any time. :)

Sorry for the delayed response as always. I've been inactive as far as keep up with my DA page is concerned, mostly because I'm busy with school and the things I'm making for my page aren't done yet. :p
Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist

Hey, no prob :) I've been inactive too :nod: I only use Sundays to reply, comment and visit this place. During the week I'm a bit busy ^^;
Of course, we each have our priorities. I'm glad to know you're giving it your all to school and your personal projects ^^ I hope your site is going well :nod:
zypherax Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
ooh, she's pretty!
Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Oh don't remind me of that monster spider I can deal with some that are only an inch length.
Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
cute lil darlin
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Aug 15, 2008, 12:00:04 PM