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Subject:  What is this beautiful spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cumming, GA
Date: 04/14/2018
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

Probably White Banded Fishing Spider

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.

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Subject:  What kind of spider could this be?
Geographic location of the bug:  Costa Rica
Date: 11/26/2017
Time: 11:19 PM EDT
Hi there! This guy was trying to rent a room from us (in South Caribbean of Costa Rica). We successfully removed him from our front door, but curious what kind he was?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks

Probably Nursery Web Spider

We believe this is a Nursery Web Spider in the family Pisauridae, possibly one of the Fishing Spiders, but its markings are unusual.

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Subject:  Magnificent Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Peterborough, New Hampshire
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 08:54 PM EDT
This guy jumped off of a book shelf at me today while I was dusting.  It is easily the size of a silver dollar.  Safely released back into the wild. Can you identify it please?
How you want your letter signed:  Zelda

Nursery Web Spider

Dear Zelda,
Your magnificent spider is a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award, though we suspect your home was cozier than the outdoors at this time of year.  We are not certain if Nursery Web Spiders overwinter, but we suspect they do.  Animal Diversity Web has a nice page on this species where it states:  “Mating occurs in mid-June to mid-July. When a female is ready to lay her eggs, she uses her cheliceres and maxillipeds (grasping mouthparts) to transfer eggs into a cocoon under her abdomen. She carries this sac underneath her body with her fangs (cheliceres) until hatching time approaches. The female then builds another cocoon where she feels it will be safe for the spiderlings. She lashes surrounding leaves together forming a kind of ‘nursery web’ for which the species is named. The female stays there, watching over her brood of pulli (first stage larvae), until they have completed their first larval molt.”

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Subject:  cave spider
Geographic location of the bug:  west tennessee usa
Date: 09/12/2017
Time: 10:21 AM EDT
A gew friends and i went hiking and found a cave. We went inside and found some big spiders! I took some video of it and svreen shot a spider. Searched google for the spider and could not find. So i figured i would try to submit it and maybe find out what kind it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Tony Hill

Fishing Spider

Dear Tony,
Was the cave near a stream or other body of water?  This is a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes.

Yes it was! Fishing spider eh? Thank you so much. Was really hoping to find a new species, but its ok. Thank you so much for your help!

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Subject: Dark Fishing spider?
Location: Ruffin, SC
August 11, 2017 3:33 am
Found her on my curtains last night before going to bed. Wondering if this beautiful spider was a dark fishing spider?
Signature: Melissa

Whitebanded Fishing Spider

Dear Melissa,
We need to begin by telling you we are really impressed that you found this large spider in your home and you were still able to go to bed.  We are also impressed that you agree it is beautiful.  In our opinion, this is a Whitebanded Fishing Spider,
Dolomedes albineus, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Generally an ID can be made by the white band along the ‘face’ (clypeus).”

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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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