Pine cone spider

I saw one of the weirdest creatures while hiking last week. At first I thought I saw a small pine cone moving along the forest floor. A closer look revealed this spider, about a 2/3 of an inch in size.

spider that looks like a pine cone

The combination of that pine-cone-like abdomen, the eight legs sticking out, and those freaky multiple eyes… I’m surprised I haven’t had spider nightmares.

Update: I think this is probably a a female wolf spider with spiderlings on her back (see comments below). I still like the “pine cone spider” name I gave it though.

4 comments on “Pine cone spider

  1. Wow that is one weird looking spider. Never seen anything like it. Hope you had a fun birthday and glad you had a good camping trip. I am glad the heat has let up a little.

  2. We just found what looks like the same spider in our back porch – we are trying to find out what kind of spider. We leave in Albuquerque

  3. Caught this huge spider tonight! It is lumpy and distorted and after finding this web sight, I checked my spider and found that TWO baby spiders were wandering around with the Mother Spider. A wolf spider for sure! Freeky and cool at the same time.

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