What’s That Arachnid/What’s That Wasp
Location: Central Alabama
August 20, 2011 8:35 am
It is August in Alabama and I feel like I live in the Amazon. It’s hot, humid, and all of the giant spiders and bugs have come out to play. I found this spider in the corner of my porch next to some type of wasp nest. Could you help me identify both? Thank you!
Signature: Southern Belle Besieged By Bugs
Dear Southern Belle BBB,
What a crazy photo this is. The spider is a female Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes, and they are generally found not far from water. The wasps are Paper Wasps in the genus Polistes.