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Subject: SPIDER IDENTIFICATION
Location: Balsam Lake Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
July 3, 2014 9:44 am
Taken at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, Ontario…I dislike spiders but found this one intriguing, he/she was on my tent, didn’t like the light when shined on him…can you identify…pretty fast mover when placed on tree after removal from tent…camp site was not near water, lake was about a mile away…at least 2-2 1/2 inches in total diameter…he seemed to like hanging out on the mesh of my tent…thanks in advance, I have never seen such a large spider in Ontario…almost tarantula like in appearance, hairy, brownish/blackish…
Signature: Thanks for your help, Kim Savoie

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Hi Kim,
Even though you indicate that the lake was some distance away, this is nonetheless a Fishing Spider or Dock Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, and they are generally found in close proximity to water.

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Subject: Very Large Spiders in Tennessee
Location: Nashville, TN
July 1, 2014 3:46 pm
I have found a few of these big spiders in my house this year. This is the first time I have come across them. They seem to be slow moving, but they do jump.
Signature: Diane

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Hi Diane,
This is a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes and they are considered harmless to humans.  Fishing Spiders are generally found not far from a source of water.

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Subject: Spider
Location: Holliston, MA
June 7, 2014 12:42 pm
Hi bug man this guy was outside of my garage. We have wetlands on backyard so we see spiders but this one is new. Live in holliston ma saw on 6/7/14 during the day. Is it dangerous?
Signature: Spider

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

This is a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes, and they are considered harmless.

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Subject: Wolf or Fishing Spider???
Location: Chocowinity, NC
June 12, 2014 4:33 am
Found this in Chocowinity, NC in the garage. House is off the river on a canal access. We see these all the time in our areas of Eastern NC and are not sure exactly what it is. Some call it a Wolf Spider, and it resembles a Dark Fishing Spider. Can you tell what it is?
My husband, who is a home inspector and sees this all the time, says they are not aggressive. Not sure why they need to be, at that size… I would hurt myself!
Signature: PZ

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Hi PZ,
There is not enough detail to be certain, but we would lean toward Fishing Spider in genus
Dolomedes.

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Subject: White Banded Fishing Spider and a Pink Green Lynx
Location: Carthage NC
March 11, 2014 10:04 am
while looking around for ways to identified this tow , I found your side ! I take photos of insect for my own intellectual enrichment . base on other search I have done I believe I identified this tow (White Banded Fishing Spider and a Pink Green Lynx) correctly but Is always great to ask to the experts :) I really appreciate your help ! Kary Clark
PS: Loving the side and all the information and interaction with others.
Signature: Kary Clark

Whitebanded Fishing Spider

White Banded Fishing Spider

Dear Kary,
You have sent us photos of two of our five favorite North American Spiders.  We think the White Banded Fishing Spiders are the most beautiful North American Spiders, and the maternal care given to the young earns them the family name Nursery Web Spiders.  The Green Lynx is one of the most amazing hunters.  They lie in wait, camouflaged on rose bushes and other green shrubbery, and then they leap upon their prey.  Green Lynx Spiders also fiercely guard their young.

Green Lynx Spider

Green Lynx Spider

Thank you for the info! it made me smile that you guys even saw this photos that quickly!

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Subject: Fishing Spider OR Nursery Web Spider?
Location: Newport, New Hampshire
September 23, 2013 9:43 pm
While out ”river walking” in the Sugar River, in Newport, New Hampshire, i saw this beauty.
I am NOT a big fan of spiders…in fact they terrify me. This one caught my eyes with its markings.
It seemed to be able to walk on water, and had very little fear as i walked around it. When i bent down to take a photo, i must have startled it, because it ran very fast over the rocks, and left behind a few little droplets of a milky liquid.
*On Google Maps, it was seen in Newport, Sullivan County, New Hampshire. Along the East side of the Sugar River, 400 feet West of 109 South Main Street.
Signature: Tiffanie

Fishing Spider:  Dolomedes vittatus

Fishing Spider: Dolomedes vittatus

Ed. Note:  We will write more in the morning.

Hi Tiffanie,
As a point of clarification, all Fishing Spiders are Nursery Web Spiders, but not all Nursery Web Spiders are Fishing Spiders.  The Fishing Spiders are in the genus
Dolomedes, and the genus is contained in the Nursery Web Spider family Pisauridae.  Nursery Web Spiders are among the most protective spider mothers with the female carrying around the egg sac in her chelicerae or fangs until she finds a suitable place to construct her nursery web.  She remains to guard the youngsters until she dies or they disperse.  Nursery Web Spiders including Fishing Spiders generally only survive a single season.  We believe your Fishing Spider is Dolomedes vittatus based on photos posted to BugGuide.  Fishing Spiders in the genus Dolomedes are often found near water and and you observed, they are capable of walking on water.  They can also dive beneath the surface and remain there for an extended period of time to escape predators and some even develop the skills to catch small fish and other aquatic life

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