More backyard wildlife

I found this spider clinging to the side of the pool today, so I got the net and fished it out.   I tapped it out onto the lawn.  At the time, I didn’t realize her bumpy back looked that way because she was carrying baby spiders. I’ve been told this is a wolf spider.  I only had my iPhone with me instead of a proper camera, so the image is a little bit fuzzy.

Mother spider with baby spiders on her back
Mother spider with baby spiders on her back

Southern Pines, NC back yard wild life!  If you have pictures of North Carolina spiders to share, let me know!


  1. Jenni E

    We have so many of these spiders in our pool. They freak my daughter out because when she tries to move them, it seems like hundreds of babies swarm around her. Do you know if the adult spiders bite?

    • Beth

      I never thought about whether they bite or not, so I had to look it up! says that they’re non-aggressive, but do bite if provoked. Here’s a quote:

      Venom toxicity – the bite of the Wolf Spider is poisonous but not lethal. Although non-aggressive, they bite freely if provoked and should be considered dangerous to humans. The bite may be very painful. First aid and medical attention should be sought as soon as possible, particularly as to children or the elderly.

  2. Chris VanHonk

    Snakes I can handle, but spiders like that one really creep me out.

  3. deb

    Beth, In spite of the ICK factor, that’s very cool. It looks like a painting. :)


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