Subject: What is this beautiful spider?
Geographic location of the bug: Cumming, GA
Time: 11:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I was watering the plants in my garden and saw a bizarre pattern on my apple tree. As I got closer I couldn’t decide if it was part of the tree or if it was a really well camouflaged bug. I had to get really close to see that it was a spider! I have never seen anything like it. It was perfectly blended into the bark of the tree. What is this amazing spider?
How you want your letter signed: Curious in GA
Dear Curious in GA,
This magnificent spider is a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes, and we believe it is a White Banded Fishing Spider because of its resemblance to the individual in this image posted to BugGuide.