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Subject: Large Spinder
Location: Alvin, Texas
March 23, 2017 8:40 pm
We found this large spider on the front porch eating dinner. Then shortly found what we belive to be the father carrying the eggs on his back. Not sure what it is… if you could please help us identify them that would be cool.
Gulf Coast region
March – early spring
Warm outside
Signature: Robin Kralovetz

Female Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Robin,
The second Spider is a female Wolf Spider and she is carrying Spiderlings, not eggs.  Thanks so much for including the penny for scale as it provides a sense of the difference between the sizes of these two spiders.  The Spider with its prey is a much larger individual.  The carapace looks to us to resemble that of a Fishing Spider (see this BugGuide image) in the genus
Dolomedes rather than a Wolf Spider and Fishing Spiders are larger.  Wolf Spiders in the family Lycosidae and Fishing Spiders in the family Pisauridae are both hunting spiders that do not build webs to snare prey.  We may be wrong, bug we believe the larger spider is a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes.  The prey appears to be a Scarab Beetle.

Fishing Spider eats Scarab Beetle

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Subject: Spider identification please
Location: SW WI, USA, bluffs near river
January 4, 2017 2:42 pm
This is a picture I took in Mid fall 2016.
It was taken in SW WISCONSIN USA. Vernon County.
It was found on a house (doorjam leading into house) that is built on the bluffs which surround the banks of the MISSIPPI RIVER.
Please help identify.
Signature: Angela Zitzner Karwoski

Fishing Spider

Dear Angela,
Your Spider is a member of the genus
Dolomedes in the Nursery Web Spider family.  Dolomedes species are commonly called Fishing Spiders or Dock Spiders because they are generally found near bodies of water, and though fish do not constitute their primary source of food, Fishing Spiders are capable of walking on the surface of water and then diving below the surface for protection or to capture aquatic prey, including small fish.

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Subject: What spider is this?
Location: Johannesburg South Africa
December 8, 2016 1:21 pm
Hi there, I found this spider at the doorway of my local McDonalds and had a leg span of about 20cms tip of back legs to top of front legs. It was also really hairy and a guy walked passed it and petted it like it was a furry little kitten.
Signature: Signed?

Possibly Water Spider

Possibly Nursery Web Spider

There is not much detail in your image, so a definitive identification may be impossible, however, the manner in which your spider holds its legs reminds us of the posture of a Nursery Web Spider or Fishing Spider in the family Pisauridae.  This iSpot image shows that posture.  It may be a member of the genus Nilus which is represented on iSpot.

Hi there Daniel,
Thanks for the response, much obliged…. guess I always hope that what I’ve found was some super rare, over poisonous mutant spider…. but it’s never the case, lol!
Cheers!!
Regards,
Keeran Singh

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Subject: What type of spider is this
Location: Upstate, NY
June 20, 2016 5:48 am
This was found near friends house in Binghamton, NY. Could you please tell me what type of spider it us and if it is poisonous? Could you tell me a little about the spider?
Signature: Marcus

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Dear Marcus,
This is a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, and they are generally found not far from water.  They are also called Dock Spiders.  Fishing Spiders are not aggressive and they are not considered dangerous to humans.  Female Fishing Spiders exhibit strong maternal behavior.

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Subject: What Spider is this?
Location: Simsbury, CT
June 7, 2016 6:57 pm
Found this guy/gal outside of my house? Was concerned it might be a brown recluse but can’t find the signature violin markings. Other people are suggesting a wolf spider, but again I don’t think so.
Signature: Brooks Parker

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Dear Brooks,
This is a female Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina miraNursery Web Spiders exhibit a strong maternal behavior, carrying the egg sac and eventually spinning a nursery web and guarding the spiderlings once they hatch.

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Subject: Nc spider
Location: Chapel hill nc
June 6, 2016 8:48 pm
Hello! My daughter was about to climb this tree and then spotted this beautifully camouflaged spider. We would love to know what it is. It was mid afternoon on a sunny day here in central North Carolina.
Thanks!
Signature: Adrienne

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Dear Adrienne,
This well camouflaged spider is a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, and they are generally found not far from a body of water.  It appears the Fishing Spider may have captured prey, because the orange object in its mouth or chelicerae is not part of the spider.  Female Fishing Spiders carry the egg sac in their chelicerae, but that does not appear to be an egg sac.

What's In the Fishing Spider's Mouth???

What’s In the Fishing Spider’s Mouth???

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