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Subject: Huntsman Spider?
Location: Nashville, TN
June 29, 2017 9:02 pm
Just curious if this is a huntsman spider
Signature: Spider Identification

Fishing Spider, we believe

Your image detail is not ideal for exact species identification, but we are certain that this is NOT a Huntsman Spider.  We believe it is a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes, but we would not rule out that it might be a Wolf Spider like this Thin-Legged Wolf Spider pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Harmless? I hope.
Location: Brampton Ontario Canada
May 29, 2017 10:32 am
Saw this in my backyard today. Located in southern Ontario, Canada.
Signature: Chris

Fishing Spider

Dear Chris,
This is a harmless Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, probably a Dolomedes tenebrosus, and BugGuide lists the habitat as:  “Bushes, rocks, etc., near permanent bodies of water, sometimes in dry woodlands.”  Fishing Spiders are capable of walking on the surface of water and they can also dive beneath the surface to escape predators or to capture prey, including small fish.  Fishing Spiders are also called Dock Spiders because they are often found on docks near water.

That is fantastic information. Thanks for the reply. Btw, I never harmed it. Let it do its business. I have seen them in the yard before and wondered what they were. This makes sense as we have a pond in our yard and woods at the back of our property so the habitat description perfectly matches our neighbourhood.
Chris
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Subject: Wolf spider?
Location: Vermont
May 27, 2017 7:46 pm
We see spiders here all the time in the woods of Northern New England. I am guessing this is a wolf spider that looks like it was successful in getting supper. He was on our screen door outside. Curious if I am correct and thought it would make a cool picture. He is not camera shy or timid.
Signature: Jim

Nursery Web Spider

Dear Jim,
This is the second image of a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira, we are posting today.  Nursery Web Spiders do not build a web to snare prey.  They hunt without webs.  The female constructs a web to act as a nursery for her spiderlings once she locates an appropriate location to house the egg case she carries with her.

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Subject: Possible Nursery Web Spider
Location: Detroit Michigan area
May 28, 2017 7:34 am
Dear Bugman,
My dad found this spider at his work, and asked me to help him identify it. So here I am. It was found in an industrial building in Southeastern, Michigan. Some have suggested it is a ‘Nursery Web’ Spider, but we haven’t been able to convince ourselves given the resources/pictures we could find. Thanks so much for all you do!
Signature: Kristin K

Nursery Web Spider

Dear Kristin,
We are in 100% agreement with you that this is a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina miraBugGuide is an excellent source for additional images to verify our identification.

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Subject: Another long-legged flat spider from Darien
Location: Darien, Panama
April 13, 2017 3:37 pm
This spider was in the same vicinity as one I posted recently (https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2017/04/13/nursery-web-spider-panama-believe/ ). This one looks like it could be the same species but it has a tiny triangular abdomen.
Signature: Peter H

Nursery Web Spider

Hi again Peter,
This does look like the same species of spider to us, and the smaller abdomen might be due to this particular individual not having fed in some time.  Including the image of the Spider’s face is a big assistance in confirming that both this individual and the previous individual are indeed Nursery Web Spiders, and probably Fishing Spiders in the genus
Dolomedes, because the eye pattern on your Spider matches the genus pattern pictured on BugGuide.

Close-up of the face of a Nursery Web Spider showing Eye Pattern

Nursery Web Spider

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Subject: Giant Crab Spider? Panama
Location: Darien, Panama
April 13, 2017 6:18 am
Is this a Giant Crab Spider (Sparassidae)? I found it on rocks in an almost-dry stream bed in Darien, Panama on March 27th (dry season).
Signature: Peter H

Nursery Web Spider, we believe

Dear Peter,
This looks more like a Nursery Web Spider in the family Pisauridae to us.  We will attempt additional research.  Members of the family known as Fishing Spiders are frequently found near water.  Here is a similar looking individual from Honduras on Arachnids My Species.

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