Sunday, January 28, 2018

Yard Critter of the Week

The Fishing Spider, Dolomedes tenebrosus.


A large spider. Counting the legs they can be up to four inches in size, with females larger than males. They get their common name as this genus tends to live near and hunt on water, preying upon small fish and aquatic invertebrates.

But this particular species is the least aquatic of the genus, and is found in woodlands often far from water.


Similar to and often confused with the slightly larger wolf spiders, the two groups can be differentiated by their eye patterns. Assuming you get close enough to look them in the eyes.

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You can find the rest of the Yard Critter of the Week posts here.

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