Took a photo of this lovely spider last summer but it got lost in the reams of electronic image files until recently. Can you confirm that this is a wolf spider? Neighbor swears it is.
Your neighbor is wrong. This is a Dolomedes Fishing Spider. They are large spiders capable of diving beneath the surface of the water where they can catch small fish. They are almost always found close to water and various species range from Canada to the Southern states.