Occasionally the spider and egg sac get separated while moving rocks or digging soil. Many times I have seen that little spider turn around to bravely face off with me to find her babies.
In one such search – I spied the tiny sac and gently gave it to her. She dismissed my attempt and continued searching.
Confused - but only for a second - there was another little brown spider a few inches away, also searching. I gave the sac to her and she accepted. I helped find the other egg sac and shooed them both to the ‘safe’ area before continuing on.
They know who their babies are. They defend their babies. They love their babies. Their lives matter – both to themselves and to me.