If You Work in the Cranberry Bogs, You Better Be Okay With the Wolf Spider Guards

Have you ever stopped to contemplate how cranberries are grown before they arrive on your dinner plate on Thanksgiving? If not, you are in for a treat.

It turns out that cranberries grow in bogs, which in and of itself sounds like the beginning of an odd but scary film.

Not only do cranberries grow in bogs, but the bogs themselves are closely guarded by one fearsome creature: the wolf spider.

Apparently this is common knowledge for people who are from Massachusetts, but for the rest of us… here’s the story.

It all started when someone innocently asked why cranberries are always shown growing in a big pit.

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For some of us, just the two words “The Bog” automatically conjures up images of, well, bog bodies. Yikes!

But apparently, The Bog is totally a thing. A Massachusetts thing.

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Apparently, cranberries grow in the bog when it’s unflooded. When they’re ripe, the bog is flooded and the berries are collected in these hoops.

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The bogs also have a useful little creature living within: the wolf spider.

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This is all well and good until it’s time to flood the bog and retrieve the berries.

It turns out there’s a reason cranberry spiders ask prospective employees if they’re comfortable with spiders, and it’s a pretty wild one.

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If you’re totally petrified at this point, don’t worry: you aren’t alone.

Can you believe wolf spiders are so hardcore? You really do learn something new every day.

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