Eight legs - Arachnids

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Submit your best picture of an arachnid with 8 legs. Crabs, Octopus's and other eight legged animals not allowed. Anything in the Arachnid family is ok - Spiders, Scorpions tick's etc. Please give any information you have on what the arachnid is, where it was taken and any interesting stories about getting the photograph.
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Female wolf spider absolutely covered in her offspring. Found outside while trying to find a frog making some noise in the back yard. Wolf spiders are one of very few spiders to care for their young after they hatch. Females carry the egg sack around with them (even while hunting) and carry spiderlings on their abdomen until their second moult (around 3-4 days). I have seen many wolf spiders carrying young where I live (Perth, Western Australia) but have never seen one so completely covered!!!
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Submitted: Thursday, 21st May, 2009 15:18 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 13th April, 2009
Focal length: 55 mm
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Notes: Built in flash used.
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