What is a "Mother of the Earth"?

Has anyone but me heard of or ever seen a "mother of the earth"? Mainly I have heard my grandmother talk about them when she lived in Monahans, Texas. I would love to hear anyone who has actually seen one of them. They might be a form of spider or maybe not. They have legs and a body like a spider, but they have a yellow back on them that looks as if they are carrying a poached egg on their backs. I have heard them referred to as "baby of the earth" also.


Robyn from Bristol, TN

February 9, 20090 found this helpful

Do you mean "grand daddys?" That sounds like what you are describing. If so we were just talking about those the other day, wondering what they eat and live on. I have seen them my whole life mostly in the house, and they like dark areas. I think they are harmless but I still don't like them, too much like a spider in opinion. Not sure if that's what you mean or not.

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February 10, 20090 found this helpful

You are probably right, they probably are some kind of spider.....one dropped in my great grandma's hair one time, and thinking she was reaching for a comb out of her hair she picked it up and was shocked. She told that story over and over about how it had the face of a baby on its back.....odd bug...i am glad to know they are not extinct then.



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February 12, 20090 found this helpful

This sounds like what we call a Garden Spider. Does it look like any on these two links? Argiope is the name, and there are several kinds. The first link will show the male and female, and the second has good pictures. Both links have good descriptions. They may be called earth mother because they are found in gardens.



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