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Subject: Fishing Spider?
Location: Shepherdstown, West Virginia
April 16, 2015 9:36 am
I found this gorgeous spider in an out building about a week ago (April 2015). At first I assumed it was some type of Wolf Spider, but further research has me now believing that it might be a Fishing Spider instead. It was rather large in size and was patient enough to allow me to get a few quick photos before it raced off to find cover. I’m also assuming it’s a female. I’m a huge bug fan and love your website! Thanks for what you do!
Signature: A Bug Geek

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Dear Bug Geek,
We love your images of a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes.  Many years ago, Daniel had a photography exhibit at the college in Shepherdstown.

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

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Subject: Spider
Location: Pennsylvania
November 10, 2014 2:03 pm
Hi, I found this spider outside while I was stacking wood. It’s pretty big, about the size of a silver dollar or bigger. I was wondering what it was and if it was venomous.
Thanks!
Signature: -Marissa

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Dear Marissa,
You encountered a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes.  They have venom, but they are not considered dangerous to humans.  Fishing Spiders are generally found not far from water.

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Subject: what is this?
Location: leighton, al 35646
September 10, 2014 3:13 pm
Can u identify this bug?
Signature: bug man

Six Spotted Fishing Spider

Six Spotted Fishing Spider

Dear bug man,
Your image is gorgeous.  This is a Six Spotted Fishing Spider,
Dolomedes triton.  Though the entire genus is commonly referred to as Fishing Spiders, the Six Spotted Fishing Spider is one of the species most closely associated with water.  As you image documents, the spiders are able to disperse their weight across all eight legs and then walk on water.  Fishing Spiders can also dive beneath the surface of the water to hide from predators and they occasionally catch small fish, tadpoles and other aquatic creatures.

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Subject: Fisher spider??
Location: New jersey
August 18, 2014 11:54 pm
I found this spider in my fireplace about 3 inches from my face while fixing the fireplace in August, northern New Jersey. I released it shortly after this photo session.
Signature: Tom

Fishing Spider with Egg Sac

Fishing Spider with Egg Sac

Hi Tom,
You have correctly identified a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes, but we are uncertain of the species, though if you are located far from water, this is most likely
Dolomedes tenebrosus.  This is a female and she is carrying an egg sac.  Female Fishing Spiders carry an egg sac around until they find a suitable location to spin a nursery web in which to deposit the egg sac.  The female continues to guard the egg sac in the nursery web until she dies or until the egg sac hatches and the spiderlings disperse.  Because of your kindness to this expectant mother Fishing Spider, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Fishing Spider with Egg Sac

Fishing Spider with Egg Sac

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Subject: spider on the sand
Location: Northern lower peninsula – Michigan
August 10, 2014 8:39 pm
This guy or gal was spotted on the sand at a beach in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan today. An hour of digging around got me nowhere. But given its size (that’s a standard sized bic lighter) and what few markings I can make out, I want to go with a wolf or jumping spider of some sort but I’ve seen nothing that matches it or its camouflage ability. Can you ID this one?
Signature: Faith up North

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Dear Faith up North,
This is a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, but even though we cropped to the spider and adjusted the contrast to provide more detail, we cannot be certain of the exact species.  Please refer to BugGuide for possibilities.  We do know that surroundings can have a pronounced effect upon which individuals in a particular species are able to survive and pass on genes, and it is very plausible that this light colored Fishing Spider may be uncharacteristically colored when one considers typical members of the species.  Because it is so well camouflaged, it as well as its ancestors and its progeny may be better suited to survival in this particular habitat.

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Thank you. I’m leaning toward D. scriptus.

 

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Subject:  Spider
Location:  Vermont
July 26, 2014
Thank you!
No one identified my spider from a couple months ago?
Attached.
Notice her front 2 leggies are together, so dainty.
I wondered at first, as you might well imagine.
She was larger than your usual Vt spider…
Best!
MG

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Dear MG,
This is a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira.  We are unable to respond to all of our mail, and it is possible that this arrived when we were away from the office.  If you don’t hear back from us within a week or so, we would urge you to resend the request, and remember to attach the image again.

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