Subject: Big Spider in Maryland
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
March 25, 2013 6:15 pm
I didn’t see this one, but my wife found it on our back porch earlier today. It’s March here, and we’d just had an unseasonable snowfall. This guy was hiding under one of the cushions on the lawn furniture. He was about 3 to 4 inches across, and alive but not moving all too fast in the cold weather.
This magnificent creature is a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes. Despite the large size, Fishing Spiders are harmless.
Thank you for such a quick response! I’ll let my kids know (4 year old twin boys) — they were more than a little freaked out when they saw it.