Subject: What is this large spider? 2nd request
Geographic location of the bug: Northeast Maine
Time: 09:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi. I found this large spider after a heavy rain on north side of my house – early evening. It is at least 3 inches with legs. It is huge and rather scary. Some research leads me to believe it is a fishing spider and that it is not dangerous… I would love you to confirm that. I saw it again on a darker evening – I thought it was a small mouse it is so large… we live in a wooded area with a small brook.
How you want your letter signed: Dianne
You are correct. This is a harmless Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes, most likely the Northern Fishing Spider.