What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Monstrous brown spotted spider
June 13, 2009
We were shocked to discover this spider in a forest preserve outside Chicago. The picture actually underestimates its size because the hand shown is in front of the spider. Spider leg span was 3-3.5 inches, total body size was about two inches. Spider had some fur but wasn’t as hairy as say a tarantula. Hand is small-average male hand.
Lou and Bethany
Just outside of Chicago

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Dear Lou and Bethany,
What a wonderful image of a Fishing Spider, probably Dolomedes tenebrosus.  Fishing Spiders generally live near water and they have been known to dive beneath the surface and remain there to escape enemies and to fish for prey.  They can actually catch fish underwater.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
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