What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

beautiful spider
Location: NE Oklahoma
October 9, 2011 9:30 am
Hello, I live in North Eastern Oklahoma and was getting ready to winterize my pond. I began pulling excess surface water plants out and found this spider. We would love to know what kind he was. The blue on his abdomen was sky blue.The Pennywort leaf he was on is approximately 2 inches across.
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Six Spotted Fishing Spider

Thanks for the compliment.  Your lovely spider is a Six Spotted Fishing Spider, Dolomedes triton, a species rarely found far from ponds or slow moving bodies of water.  This is one of the most aquatic of the Fishing Spiders.  They are capable of walking across the water and even diving beneath the surface to escape predators and to capture prey.  The Six Spotted Fishing Spider is known to catch small fish or tadpoles for food. 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Oklahoma

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