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Spider Photos - Fishing Spiders

Pisaurina sp.
Family Pisauridae
- Nursery Web and Fishing Spiders.

These spiders resemble the wolf spiders (Lycosidae), but have a different eye pattern. Pisaurids have their eyes arranged in 2 rows, the posterior row slightly recurved, the median eyes in the second row slightly (if any) larger than the others. (Wolf spiders have eyes arranged in 3 rows). The egg sac is carried by the female under her prosoma, held there by her chelicerae & pedipalps. Before the eggs hatch, the female attaches the sac to a plant and then builds a web around it -- and stands guard nearby. The Pisaurids forage for their food and build webs only for protecting their young. Some spiders in this family, particularly fishing spiders in the genus Dolomedes, are quite large and may have a leg spread of 75 mm or more. The Dolomedes spiders live near water; they walk on the surface of water and dive underneath it to feed on aquatic insects and even small fish.
Many people (including me), are confused by the  5 similar looking spiders - the harmless Huntsman, Wolf Spider,  Southern House Spider (Kukulcania), Fishing Spider and  Brown Recluse which of course is not harmless.  All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section.
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FISHING SPIDERS
(Dolomedes tenebrosus)

The largest dolomedes fishing spider is Dolomedes tenebrosus , which has a leg span of 3".  It is commonly found on the trunks of trees that are near water.
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Reply: Looks like a Fishing Spider similar to http://bugguide.net/node/view/59988/bgimage - Laura

21 July, 2012:
I was wondering if you could Identify this spider.

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More from Kris: Aha, I see that you are right! Thanks Glen! Dolomedes tenebrosus: http://www.uark.edu/ua/arthmuse//dolomede.html -Kris

Reply: This is a fishing spider. Click each photo for some awesome closeups.

7 May, 2012:
Hi Glen, spiderzrule.com is awesome! I caught and photographed this guy last night, see attached. I was calling it a wolf spider, but now I'm not so sure... Can you ID? Thanks! -Kris, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA

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15 October, 2011:
A friend in Tennessee found this spider in her bathtub, caught it in a quart jar and brought it over for identification. I found your website trying to identify him. First I thought it was a wolf spider, but now I think it is a dark fishing spider (dolomedes tenebrosus). I got some nice close-ups of the big guy. He is so large, when he sits in the bottom of a quart canning jar his legs are still not able to fully spread. Enjoy the photos. I resized them before sending, so let me know if you want any of them in higher resolution. Melody

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Reply: This is a fishing spider too - glen

11 July, 2011:

I photographed this very large spider in my barn in Maryland. I think it is a wolf spider or similar hunting spider, can you confirm for me. Legs included it was well over 4-inches, excluding legs it was about 2-inches. Very passive, but I wasn't about to disturb it to try to see the underside! Lynn
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Reply: This is a fishing spider too - glen

11 July, 2011:

Hi Glen I live in Oak Ridge Tennessee, or east Tennessee. I found this large spider in my barn and think it is a Woolf spider, but it seams to be very large from the descriptions I have read on your site. What do you think? I am thinking of relocating it if I can capture it, it is very fast. I just don't want it around the house it creeps my wife out. Thanks for any incite you may have on this monster. John
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Reply: This is a fishing spider too - glen

10 June, 2011:

I found this spider in my cooler when I went to use it. The cooler is stored in my laundry room of the home. My guess from searches is it is a type of wolf spider? Help. Any dangers to us or our dogs? How to ward off or detour from home?
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Reply: This is a fishing spider too - glen

10 June, 2011:

Hi Glen..
I found your website this morning and I must say THANK YOU for your very helpful site! My mother found this spider in her bedroom yesterday morning. It has just over 4" of leg span. it's HUGE!! At first I thought it was a Wolf spider but after browsing your website I am thinking more Fishing Spider? As long as we can rule out Brown Recluse i'm resting more easy... Now that I know to look at the eye pattern I'll try to get a better picture of the face when I go back there later. In the meantime would you be so kind as to let me know your opinion on it. Feel free to use the picture if you would like.
Thanks so much!
Michelle
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Reply: No this is a fishing spider - glen
29 May, 2011:
Glen, I saw some viewer-submitted photos on your website and thought I would send you what I found on my basement wall today. I think it's a wolf spider, judging by the four eyes under the two larger ones, but I'm not 100% sure, as I know very little about spiders. Am I right? Enjoy, Doug

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Reply: This is a fishing spider  - glen
12 April, 2011:
I came across your site while googling the spider I found in our basement. It's not the first time I've seen this type of spider in the basement. Unfortunately, I didn't get anything in the pics for scale, but it was roughly 3 1/2in across. I can get you the original pics if necessary. BTW, we live on Long Island if it helps. My wife is freaked out because it's rather large. I saw a larger one a few years ago outside on some ply-wood that when it ran sounded like it was tap-dancing.

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Reply: This is a fishing spider too - glen

24 September, 2010:
We live in hostage ny and recently found this spider hanging out on our shed door....what is it? Any info would help

 

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Reply: This is a fishing spider and not dangerous - what a pity she killed it!! - glen

13 September, 2010:
I live in Southern Indiana and a facebook friend posted this photo of a giant spider. I hate that she killed it and was wondering how common large spiders are in the Midwest. Please identify it if you can. I have searched the web over and cannot find one that looks close. Unusual for me! BTW I found a Imperial butterfly caterpillar in my kitchen last week and was astonished. I think the cat brought it in, it is back outside safe and sound to become a moth next year. Thanks for your input! Lyn

 

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10 September, 2010:
I found this spider under my house. There was a dead on almost as big below it on the ground. What is this spider? Thought maybe wolf or crab, but the markings look a little different than the pictures I could find. Thanks for trying to identify this. Greg

 

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31 August, 2010:
Hi Glen, You have a great site! I found this in my shed in upstate NY. Its pretty big probably 2.5 inches a round. Wondering if you could tell me what it is? and if it is dangerous? Thanks again Eric, Irondiquoit, NY

 

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21 August, 2010:
Glen, This morning, my wife and I found this very large spider standing at the top of the screened patio of our Northwest Florida home. The body is more than 1.5 and the spider is above 4 overall in diameter. After some searches, I identified it as a female Fishing Spider. Both pics are of the same spider. Please, use them as you wish. Your web site is great!

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21 August, 2010:
Hi, This guy was in my daughter's bedroom sitting on the canopy of her bed.. We live in Rochester, NY. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks, Barb

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Reply: This is a fishing spider - glen

6 April, 2011:
Don't know what kind this one is. It was under a piece of plywood lying on the ground that I turned over looking for spiders while out macro shooting. Jerry

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31 July, 2010:
Hello, I'm not sure if you do this kind of thing, but I found a rather large (for me) spider in my basement today and was wondering what it was. Based on photos I've seen I'm guessing it's a wolf spider but I am somewhat curious and would like to know for sure. I have attached a couple photos of it. I found it near our sump pump. I live in Illinois near Chicago. After I found it I took it outside and it ran off. Thank you, Nick

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31 July, 2010:
Can you help me identify this spider.... It has been hanging out around my office at work and don't know if I need to find him a different home. Thanks. Wesley

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30 July, 2010:
Hi there, maybe you can help me with this gal. She lives under our porch stairs and I've seen her many times, however I woke up to this beautiful event. The babies were still coming out of the sack when I took the photo. I've tried to id her, but I'm stumped. She looks like a wolf spider, but has obviously spun a web for her young, so that's out...Just a common black house spider? I'm in Omaha, NE Thanks for your help. Jenna

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30 July, 2010:
hi glen i have a front door guard spider. :) this one was stretched out on the front porch, did not seem bothered by me at all. in fact he was perched when i first seen him and them when i returned with the camera he was stretched out warming himself . friends and visitor noticed him yesterday and he quickly skidattled. i was trying to classify it, but not sure wolf vs fishing spider. any thoughts, i sent the best pixs i could take. thanks, sue you may post on web if u like

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30 July, 2010:
Tried enlarging the photo. Hope this one comes through better. Thanks for your help! Amy

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Reply: I think this is probably a fishing spider  - glen

11 July, 2010:
Not sure what spider this is could u identify

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8 July, 2010:
Hi Glen, I found this little guy/gal in my bathroom one night. I'm wondering what he/she is. I'm thinking it's a Fishing Spider, but I don't live near a lake or pond. (I'm near Nashville, TN.) Thanks for any help! Cheers, Lauren

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21 June, 2010:
This fishing spider was found on the cement steps of a residence in Southeast Michigan....1/4 mile from any streams or ponds... From others on your website it appears to be a Dolomedes tenbrosus? Is this correct?

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10 June, 2010:
Hi Glen, I found the website to be very good. Thanks... The unidentified spider submitted on March 29, 2009 to your site looks to be a Fisher spider. If i recall correctly, you also show a Fisher in the Wolf spider image section. I have just found one hiding under my window sill. I live in Illinois next to a swampy wooded area. The body is nearly 3/4 in. overall with a total spread of approx 3 in. I have attached a macro for you. Enjoy. Scott

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10 June, 2010:
Looks like a fishing spider? Chris from Bridgewater Mass

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10 June, 2010:
hello glen- i saw your website and was interested in your expertise to identify the spider in the photo attached. we have a weekend home in the northwest part of illinois and found this in our home there. it was about 5 feet long and 25 pounds...well, okay, maybe not. i have to say i'm not a fan of spiders so, that's how much it creeped me out. actually, the body was about an inch long and from tip of front legs to tip of back legs, about 3 inches long. it was furry and feisty. please help us out. thanks so much. sincerely, tracey-

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21 May, 2010:
I live in southwestern Pa and found this spider in my basement. Could you identify it for me? This thing was probably 4 inches in diameter.

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More from Nancy: I just googled it again and came upon the Penn State site with a picture of the dolomedes tenebrosus spider and mine really does resemble it. It says this type hangs around wooded areas so maybe this is it! Thanks again. P.S. I was glad to read they are not dangerous to humans!

21 May, 2010:
Hi, this spider is on the outside of my house, thank goodness! I looked through your pics but didn't see anything that quite matched it. The legs are yellow and black banded. Do you know what it is? Thanks! Nancy

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5 September, 2009:
Hello, I found this one in the shower today in Great Cacapon, West Virginia (Morgan County), USA. Any ideas? It's a decent quality photo so you can zoom right up to it and see more details. Thanks! Glenn

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31August, 2009:
i live in south eastern Massachusetts just few miles from Rhode Island i have never seen a spider this large around here before, my 1st thought was a wolf spider but after looking through your site i believe its a fishing spider, dunno what species it is or if it is dangerous or not i am terrified of spiders but yet find this one amazing, keep in mind i have big hands 8 inches from wrist to tip of middle finger and in the picture that shows my hand my hand is a couple inches closer to camera than spider is due to my fear so i'd estimate this spider is at least 5 inches, i have more pictures of it i'll send them if you like i just sent what i found to be the best 2 pictures

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1 August, 2009:
Hello, Just came across your website while I'm trying to search for a spider I took a picture of at our camp. Hope you can help, I've attached the picture. Cheri

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Reply: It is a fishing spider  -  glen
1 August, 2009:

I came across your site trying to identify the spiders in the attached photos. The spider on top of the boards is about 2 inches in diameter (the dark board at the top of the photo is 6" wide, if that helps!). She appears to be carrying an egg sac. The second one, by the key, seemed similar in coloring but more delicate. Both were found crawling around in a basement here in northern Maine. Sorry about the poor quality of the photos, I couldn't make myself get really close! My guess for both was either wolf or fishing spiders, but I would love confirmation. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Tonya, Presque Isle, Maine USA

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Reply:  No this is a fishing spider - glen
30 June, 2009:
I have a fridge in my garage we keep pop in and I usually dont turn the light on when I go out there, but on this night I did. In the first picture the seed is 1 inch. Is this a wolf Spider ?

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29 June, 2009:
I live in Michigan, outside of Detroit. I found this spider outside on a brick wall Sunday night. We have some low lying water, but nothing that doesn't dry up a week after it's done raining. Is this monster a fishing spider or wolf spider? It is the biggest I have seen in my life in the wild around here. It is very scary looking, and BIG. I had to enhance the photos to show its colors and details, if that matters. Thanks, Chris

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Reply: That is a fishing spider -  glen
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10 June, 2009:
found in our bathroom in poconos ,pa !

 

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9 June, 2009:
Hi Glen. I found this spider in my back yard and I'm looking at your page now thinking it's a fishing spider. I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan but not by unless you count a creek down the street. Here are some pictures. Can you tell if it's a fishing spider? Also, it's it dangerous? Let me know if you need more pictures because we have a ton! It's the biggest spider I've ever seen at my house! Thank you! Kelly

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Reply: That is a fishing spider -  glen
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9 June, 2009:
Hi, your site has been very helpful! I think I have identified these spiders, but could you verify? I feel bad killing something that's not going to harm me, so if they are just wolf spiders, I'll leave them be! I haven't ever seen one the color of the second (darker) one, is it the same species? the last picture is in there for size - that is a horse shoe just above the spider on the wall. These were taken on the side of my house. I also have another question. We live in the woods, and have two dogs. Do spiders pose any threat to dogs? Or do they usually leave them alone? Thanks so much for your help! Ana Haymarket, VA

 

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Reply: It is a fishing spider -  Dolomedes tenbrosus-  glen

3 June, 2009:
Hi there, I live in Port Washington Wisconsin U.S. I attached a photo of a relatively small spider that Ive been seeing around the house, along with a few smaller ones of almost precisely same design(color/body/stripes on legs). I see them during the day, the smaller ones usual roam the ceiling and bigger ones in windows or on walls. Im almost convinced its not a recluse because of how many roam around here (this region isnt know for the recluse), and the pattern on its legs. I was wondering if you would be able to ID this spider? Thanks for any insights you may have, Jeff

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Reply: No, this is not a hoax, it is a fishing spider -  Dolomedes tenbrosus-  glen

18 May, 2009:
Is this a hoax? A friend of my Son says he found and killed this spyder in his shed in Mattapoisett, MA. Is it possible that a spyder this large lives anywhere near Massachsusetts. Could if be a Wolf Spyder? Thanks for your help. Keith

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Reply: No, I think this is a fishing spider -  Dolomedes tenbrosus-  glen

18 May, 2009:
After looking at spiderzrule, we believe this spider to be a funnel weaver. Since they usually don't enter homes, is it safe to say since it's gone, we won't be experiencing any more frights such as the one it gave us??? It was over 2" both ways. Thanks for you reply back. Thank you, Kirsten

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Reply: That is a fishing spider -  glen
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8 May, 2009:
Hi! When giving my toddler son a bath this big spider ended up on the bottom of a rubber ducky in the bathtub. I'm not sure what kind it is, maybe a wolf or grass spider? We get these things pretty frequently. Thanks! Have a beautiful day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Katie

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Reply: Thanks, that looks like Dolomedes tenbrosus-  glen
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8 May, 2009:
Yesterday, I took some close up photographs of what I believe to be this spider. Would you be interested to have one or two for your web site?

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Reply: Thanks, that looks like Dolomedes tenbrosus-  glen
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8 May, 2009:
Yesterday, I took some close up photographs of what I believe to be this spider. Would you be interested to have one or two for your web site?

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Reply: I think this is a fishing spider -  Dolomedes tenbrosus-  glen

6 May, 2009:
Glen, We live in Wayne Co Ohio and have had these spiders continually show up on the property. This is a smaller specimen then the largest one we have seen to date. For reference, that is a cinder block that it is on and sorry for 3 of the 4 pictures being of bad quality, blame it on the 10 yr old digital camera.

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Reply: I think this is a fishing spider - Dolomedes tenbrosus - glen

4 May, 2009:
Found this spider in the blade deck of the lawn mower.....I live in southern Michigan....this is the biggest spider i've ever encountered in this area....it kind of looks like a wolf spider but im not too sure.....its really big for a wolf spider from this area....also it doesn't hav any markings on its back, or head....nothing on its underbelly just a light brown color

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Reply: I think this is a fishing spider - Dolomedes tenbrosus - glen

23 April, 2009:
Hi! I'm trying to identify a very large spider we found in our house this morning. We have a 2 1/2 year old and a baby on the way, so I'm trying to become familiar with our local critters so I know what to do if anything serious is found or bites one of us. We live in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania... we're in a 40 year old house in the woods, so we definitely see our fair share of spiders. This is one of the biggest we've seen in the year that we've been here. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Aliza Schlabach

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Reply: I think this is a fishing spider - Dolomedes tenbrosus - too-  glen

17 April, 2009:
We saw this large spider sitting on a rock approximately 2 feet from a creek near Tucson, Arizona. We estimated that the spider was as large as an adult palm of a human hand. Could this be a fishing spider? Thanks. Jim

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Reply: I think this is a fishing spider - Dolomedes tenbrosus -  glen

18 March, 2009:
Hi Glen I would like to ask you about the spider I met in northern Italy close to Lago di Garda. I was about 5-6 cm long (with legs). Picture attached. The size surprised me. Do you know what kind of spider is that? Thank you very much for your help. Ivan

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Reply: It is either a fishing spider or a wolf spider, I can't see the eye pattern to be sure so I'll put it in with the fishing spider because of its colouring - glen

11 March, 2009:
Could you tell us what kind this is . It was found outside on the wall of the apartment complex in Auburn Alabama. Thanks Catherine Crawford  

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23 December, 2008:
This fishing spider was living on our front porch for a few weeks about 2 years ago. I thought he was beautiful.

 

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13 November, 2008:
just wanna send you this pics. think they are real cool. took them on our farm in levubu south africa. great site. keep up the good work

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10 November, 2008:
Glen, This spider dropped out of a pine tree this morning onto my wifes head. It was still moving, but seemed to be stunned or hurt. We live on Johns Island, SC. Can you tell what kind of spider it is? Thanks, Brian

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25 October, 2008:
Glen, I was wondering if you could identify the spider in the pictures for me. A co-worker and I were inspecting a bridge in the Blackwater River National Forest in Florida when we found it. We thought it may be a Wolf Spider, but I can only make out two rows of eyes and this specimen was found in a small tree next to the bridge we were inspecting. We saw another spider just like it but smaller at another bridge, also in a small tree next to a creek. All the Wolf Spiders that I have seen in the past seem to have some hair/fuzz on them. This one seems to be lacking it. I even wonder if it is one of the Fishing spiders? Any help identifying it would be great. Oh by the way, the location is in the Florida panhandle North of Fort Walton Beach very close to the Alabama state line. Thanks a lot.

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Reply: Yes this is a fishing spider.

14 September, 2008:

Can you identify this spider found in South Dakota Near a lake and measured 4 diameter

 

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8 September, 2008:
Hi Glen, My 3 year old spotted this beauty at Tallulah Gorge in Northeastern Georgia. I don't know what kind of spider it is, but it was nice enough to pose for some pictures. Take care, Elizabeth

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22 August, 2008:
Hello, Your Web site is very interesting. I went there because I photographed a big spider last night and don't know what kind it is. Would you please tell me? It was in a waist-high sycamore (I believe) tree beside a little creek in Madison County North Carolina -- very near the Tennessee line. Thanks, Velma

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22 August, 2008:
what kind of spider is this ???

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18 August, 2008:
Hi we live in Northern Illinois. This morning we found this rather large spider in the dining room. Well now it's kinda become a pet. At first we thought it was a grass spider... then definately a wolf spider....but now I'm pretty sure it's a nursery spider. (which makes more sense because we live on a river and usually see them by the beach) I'd appreciate you're oppinion if you've got a minute, you may use this photo if you like. By the way.. Very Cool website and SPIDERZ RULE!!

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29 July,  2008:
Hi Glen, I really don't know if there are more Fishing Spiders this year, or if I'm just more apt to notice them since I have a good camera. Probably the latter. Anyway, in this e-mail, I've attached some pictures of a couple of Fishing Spiders I spotted on the porch a few nights ago. I could only get one good shot of the female on the 14th. She was in a bit of a tough spot to photograph. I took more photographs of a male on the 17th. Feel free to use the pictures if you want. --Damy

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29 July,  2008:
i was wondering if you could tell me what kind of spider this is my neighbour found it in wayne,county ohio its alittle smaller than a cd

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10 July,  2008:
I found this spider outside my home. Its about 4 inches long. Not sure what kind it is. Any idea?? Thanks, Jamie Mannford,OK

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10 July,  2008:
Hi Glen, I found this Fishing Spider on my grandpa's lawn-mower trailer the other day, and took some pictures. I relocated it afterward, so it wouldn't be executed. I have have narrowed them down as far as I can, and there are still several unique shots, so I will be sending several pictures of it. You can use them if you want. --Damy
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Reply: No I'd say it's a fishing spider.
3 July,  2008:
Wolf spider, I figure. Type? Location, Carthage, Illinois (15 miles from Mississippi River). Found by son when he brushed it off himself after cleaning up broken tree branches. Got to be a female since it has the egg sac with it. Kameron

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22 June,  2008:
Good Afternoon, Please see my email below to my friends and family. I believe I have identified the type of spider that found me (I didn't find IT). Can you tell me how I can tell if this is a male or a female? You may be mortified to find out what became of this monster (detailed below), but please know, I am not a cruel person and love animals however this particular animal was not particularly welcome in my home. I do have the specimen in a plastic bag but am still to traumatized to do any close inspection. My main concern is the idea that an egg sac may be somewhere in my house. Are they known to put their egg sacs in a nursery net or whatever, inside or would this never happen? Is it unlikely that she would leave the sac unattended to invade my sink? Could I assume that because she was in my sink there is no egg sac currently being incubated in a dark corner of my home? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Amy, Enfield, NH

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22 June,  2008:
I am not sure what kind of spider this is or if it is dangerous. can you help me in that area Aaron

 

 

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13 June,  2008:
Hi Glen, I was walking in the yard today when I spotted this neat female Fishing Spider. She was very docile, and allowed me to take a lot of pictures. I gently nudged her around with a ruler, and she didn't even try to run away or attack. This is the biggest spider I've seen so far this year. Feel free to use the pictures if you want.
--Damy

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Reply: This is one of the fishing spider species too I'd say. Obviously wanted to go for a bike ride!

8 June,  2008:
Hi, This thing scared the you know what out of me, it was in the tank bank on my motorcycle. I have a pic of it, but can't decide weather it looks like a wolf spider or a grass spider. Could you let me know what you think it is? Thanks! Tim

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Reply: This is one of the fishing spider species.
30 May 2008:
I did not have a photo at that time. I finally saw one of it's kin on my porch tonight (although the one I photo'd tonight was smaller). Here are the photos, I believe it is a Nursery Web Spider. Very fast, about 2 inches tip to tip, just under an inch form tip of abdomen to pedipalps. The one I saw two years ago was at least 3 inches tip to tip. Here are the two best photos. Can you confirm my identification? Steve

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26 May, 2008:
I live in West Virginia and came across this beauty yesterday. If you want to use any of these pictures feel free. I really zoomed in to get some interesting pics. Thanks, Morgan


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16 April, 2008:
Hi, i am sending you a photo of a spider that i found on my garden. I would like to identify this spinder and find out if it is a venomous. I kindly request to give me more information about this kind of spinder, if it is possible. Thanks for your attention., Eleni From Cyprus

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2 April, 2008:
Hi Glen, These other photos are of what looks like a little bitty fishing spider. He was only about 3/4 of an inch from legtip to legtip. Maybe he'll be a giant by the end of the growing season. Feel free to use any photos I send.--Damy Click for a larger view. 

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16 December, 2007:
A great looking fishing spider captured, identified, photographed and released by 6 year old Brayden in Rogers Arkansas.

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9 October, 2007:
Found this spider in a factory in Florida, we are out in the woods. Hoping you could tell us what kind of spider it is. The people here want to keep it. She is so big; do you know what they eat? Thanks for your help. Rachel

 

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7 October, 2007:
Hi there, Were a homeschooling family in Virginia and like to identify the critters we find in our yard. This guy was huge and too hairy for my liking. S/He let me take a few photos before running away back under the shed. Did we correctly identify it as a Wolf spider? Thanks.
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23 September, 2007:

I live in middle Tennessee. Maybe the baseboards can give you some scale of this spider. Any idea what it is? Thanks!

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22 September, 2007:
Here is a shot I took yesterday of a large fishing spider that lives inside a hollow cottonwood tree. We have observed fishing spiders in this hole and near it for about 10 years. I assume that it is several generations of spiders and not the same one. Maybe this whole tree is filled with them. We have never seen more than one at a time. She (I think) was about 3-4 inches across. It does not show in the photo very well but she had a rusty color to her that I had not seen before in this species. Jim. Dillon Nature Center

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16 September, 2007:
Meryl's spider.

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12 August, 2007:

Do you know what spider this is? From your site, I am guessing that it is a nursery web or fishing spider. It was very big (much larger than any I have ever seen in Ohio before): I would guess that the circumference of the legs would be roughly the size of the palm of my hand. I observed this while fishing on Big Darby Creek in Central Ohio.
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5 August, 2007:
Hello Glen, I love your site, lots of great information.  We found this mama hanging on the deck in Three Lakes Wisconsin.  I believe she is a fishing spider.  Could you  let me know if that is correct? Thanks, Amy

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30 July, 2007:
Hi, I found this HUGE spider hanging out right by our front door in Louisville, KY. I was wondering what kind of spider it is. I did a little research and it seems to me that it is closer to the Fishing Spider than the Wolf Spider although we do not have a lot of water around our house. We are having a pest control service come out to ensure that we don't have any spiders inside our home and directly outside, so I was wondering if I should relocate the spider to a safer place. I look forward to hearing back from you! Thanks!  Rebecca

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30 July, 2007:
Hi there, I stumbled on you website while trying to identify the HUGE spider that was at my cottage, on our deck, last weekend. My cottage is near Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. If you have any idea what type it is, or any web sites that could help me find out about it, I'd be totally grateful. I think spiders are beautiful, but to tell you the truth, this one scared me while I was taking the pics. It was about 3 to 4 inches long- a biggie. Here's some pics, thanks muchly! Heather

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14 July, 2007:
Glen- Hi there. I found this spider yesterday and so far have not been able to identify it.
Would you be willing to take a look and see if you know what it is?
I live in Centeral Illinois. I found it in a wood pile. I live on 10 acres near water (small river).
I know it is female because of the large egg sack she is guarding, but can not locate a species that carries the egg sack in the front (verses back). It looks like she has the eggs wrapped in web. I have become very interested in my surroundings here, especially all the interesting spiders. I have been able to identify most of them (especially the orb weavers) but this one I can not determine what it is. I would appreciate you taking a quick look at it for me to see if you know what it is. It's harry-like a wolf spider, but she does not seem to have the same characteristics. Best Regards, Jody

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26 June, 2007:
Hello! Just got back from a trip to the U.P. (Michigan) and while there, found this guy hanging (or should say living) in the chimney of my in-laws cabin! The chimney is not in use. The cabin isn't near any significant body of water, but this sure looks like a Fishing Spider? Thanks in advance,
Sara
 

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24 June, 2007:
Imagine lifting your huge laptop case onto your bed, then going to open the case and there is this huge spider sitting right next to it on your bed! That's what happened to me just hours ago. He must have been attached to the bottom of my laptop case. I think my blood curdling scream shocked this guy a lot because he just stayed where he was (on my bed right next to my laptop case). Alex and I got him into a one gallon jar, then I went to google and tried to identify him/her. My google search only made me really scared when I saw the brown recluse and the effects of being bit by one (because of my caught spiders size, I knew he was not a brown recluse). we went to Walmart and bought 48 sticky traps. I put my finger on one and found I could easily remove my finger from this sticky trap. Now I was worried that the sticky trap would not hold this guys spouse, brother or sister. so instead of releasing the spider far away from my house as I had planned, I decided to test him/her on the sticky trap. I poured him onto the sticky trap which I placed in a large bin. The sticky trap held him fairly well. As he moved about, he only got stuck more. I tried to remove him from the sticky trap so I could release him, but sad to me, that didn't work out so well. When I took this picture of the spider, I was in awe at the design on his lower half. 2 more photos to follow. Can anyone tell me what kind of spider this is?

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24 June, 2007:
Hi Glen, I just came across your site today and I was wondering if you could confirm my immediate reaction towards this spider. That reaction would be "Holy ^%&* its a wolf spider! A wolf spider here in Minnesota??? No... It couldnt be..." I am not quite positive... The background on this photo is that I was at a creek with friends and this spider was laying on top of some foam in the water and I fished him out with a stick. He appeared to be dead and limp so we took some fotos and then were going to put him away when he started moving a little bit so i stuck him in a can and now have him in a terrarium and he is eating little bugs I have found. If he is indeed harmless (even so long as I dont have physical contact with him) I would like to know what he eats and how I might care for him.

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22 June, 2007:
A friend of mine found this spider in her house and she lives in Ontario  Canada. I looked for pics on the net but came up short, any info on what  type of spider it is would be great. Thanks Steve
 

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17 June, 2007:
Hi Glen, I found this one in my basement yesterday, He measured at least 5 inches in size. I looked through your site and found some similar one's but could not find one that looked just like this guy.  Thanks in advance for your help, Laura in Michigan

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15 June, 2007:
Is this a fishing spider. I live in Rhode Island. I am in an area with alot of wetlands do they bite? it was in a plant container box near the pool, Lynn

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15 June, 2007:
Hi, was wondering what type of spider this is. I found it in a  container indoors very close to our front entrance. I live in  Rochester, NY near Lake Ontario and surrounded by woods. Could it be a  fishing spider? Largest I have seen to date. Thanks for your help, Maria

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10 June, 2007:
Around 3 inches across I'm getting Fishing Spider and Wolf spider. Thanks for the help.
Jim

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8 June, 2007:
Please let me know what this is and whether it's dangerous.  I have found them before and usually kill them, but decided the karma didn't need the heat from this one today.
Thank you so much! Kristine

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8 June, 2007:
Found this baby in Michigan's Upper Peninsula--in my freakin' motorcycle helmet!!


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8 June, 2007:
Hello Glen, I have seen these guys around the house several times, both inside and out, and Im pretty sure it is a wolf spider. I was wondering if you could verify that it is a wolf spider and possibly provide me with its scientific name.
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Tony in Rhode Island
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7 June, 2007:
My dad came across this spider in the wood box at our trail. The one picture the spider is sitting on a 4X4 piece of wood so you can get an idea of how large it was. I don't know spiders but just looking around the internet I'm leaning towards a Fishing spider.l

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6 June, 2007:
Hi Glen - It's been about a year since I've sent you new web photos... Yesterday my buddy Tony was cleaning his yard, and came across this great specimen. He called me over, and as fast as I could get these fifty nine year old bones to move, shot these pictures.  I couldn't really identify the beastie, but I thought you might enjoy the photos anyway..It's rather large and quite impressive. 
Feel free to use them as you wish ( you should be able to zoom on all of them. ) Of course as always, your site is by far the best. Regards Frank

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6 June, 2007:
I found this Spider outside my front door when I got home this morning, It was still dark out and I couldn't get a good shot, but I think it is a wolf spider. It was on top of a pair of shoes and with a little persuasion I got it off and onto the doormat. It didn't run away and let me get close enough to put a ruler down and take pictures, not very timid. Hope you can use the pictures.

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Reply: It was hard to decide if this was a fishing spider or banded huntsman but the arrangement and number of eyes made me decide it was a fishing spider.

17 May, 2007:
Hi Glen - It's been about a year since I've sent you new web photos... Yesterday my buddy Tony was cleaning his yard, and came across this great specimen. He called me over, and as fast as I could get these fifty nine year old bones to move, shot these pictures.  I couldn't really identify the beastie, but I thought you might enjoy the photos anyway..It's rather large and quite impressive. 
Feel free to use them as you wish ( you should be able to zoom on all of them. ) Of course as always, your site is by far the best. Regards Frank

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11 May, 2007:
On my porch, in Northeast Ohio, USA.
I think some type of Wolf spider but would like to identify it more
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7 May, 2007:
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23 March, 2007:
could you please identify this spider for me i saw it have babys on a trip to tennessee last year

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23 March, 2007:
This guy was on the side of my husband's cabin in the mountains. The Red stripes are 4" wide to give you scale. Have never heard of a spider this large living this far north. The Cabin was in the Adirondack mountains. Do you have any idea what kind of spider this could be or where I could find out?

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15 February, 2007:
Dear Glen- I was fascinated to come across your website. My interest in spiders really began when I found this one in a pond area a few hundred yards from Niagara Falls, Canada. She was clearly standing guard by her dozens of recently hatched offspring, a few of which had just started to emerge from the web she had built for them over and entire plant. She was about 4 inches long and allowed me to get quite close as long as I
didn't move suddenly. I took these photos lying on the ground less than a foot away from her. I would love to know if it is a fishing spider or a wolf spider or something else, and also if it's dangerous.

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5 November, 2006:
Hi, My name is Rob Alfred. Tonight I found this spider on my wall, and I was wondering if you knew what kind it was? I know you probably get lots of emails like this, but I am hoping you can help. I caught it in a jar so that I could get some pictures of it and try to identify it. We had brought some fire wood in the house today and I think it came in on one of the pieces. I really enjoyed your web site. It is very informative. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Rob

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Reply: Fishing spider, species Dolomedes
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13 October, 2006:
I took this photo of a spider that was behind a wood plank, it was  probably about 3-4" long. there was also what looked like a burrow in  the ground that i think it might live in. Scott from South New Jersey

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23 September, 2006:
Glen, I found your terrific site trying to identify the large spider in the photo attached to this e-mail. I've seen many large wolf spiders in Michigan's upper peninsula, and would have assumed this was one of them except it appears to have spun a web. We found it among the rocks along a shoreline in northern lower Michigan. My kids (and I) are curious to learn what kind of spider it is.  Any help you might provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,  Dean
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8 July, 2006:
I knew they existed, and knew they would have to be of significant size to eat small fish, but untill you actually see a fishing spider you have no idea. This beauty, and another that I couldn't capture with my camera were chasing dragon flies on the rocks of a fish hatchery in northern ontario.

 

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8 July, 2006:
Hi, I was trying to track down what this guy is but thought you might like a picture of him/her anyway. My guess is a Wolf spider, but it is just a guess. From leg tip to leg tip it was 3 inches and just resting in the shade on the side wall of our garage. (I am re-sending this e-mail as I think the link to the picture failed in the previous message - I had renamed the file while in my e-mail program) Landenberg, Pa. 19350 (about 30 miles south of Philadelphia Pa)

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14 June, 2006:
Hi Glen,
Got freaked out by this guy today at a house I was looking at. It was in the basement of a home outside of Richmond , VA. That cinder block its on is about 5 inches wide. I wanted to get a close up shot but didnt want to risk losing a finger or something. Not sure if it is a wolf or fishing or what. That is probably the biggest spider I have ever seen outside of a zoo. Id like to know!
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9 June, 2006:
I am trying to identify this spider. I believe it to be a Fishing spider. It was found In a scrap yard inside a water heater. It must have been cut in 1/2 (the water heater). Anything you can tell me of this type would be helpful. We see this type in great abundance at our yard. Many other types as well. Although I am terrified of them I study them as much as I can. The spiders picture was taken while it was in a one pound coffee can. Not a little can, not a little spider. Thank you for your time. Stephen

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9 June, 2006:
Glen, here's a spider for your web site. Came across this in a rock wall  today. I released him a little ways into the woods. It's a fishing  spider I think. The only water nearby might have been when it rained  and there was overflow from the drain nearby, or watering the plants  (not very often). the nearby pool would have killed him is my guess  from the chlorine if he got in it.
FC Farwell
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9 June, 2006:
Glen; I live in Reading Pa.(Southeastern Pennsylvania) near three public parks and plenty of woods. Last Wednesday, May 31, 2006, I was at Egleman's Park having lunch. As me and my wife were sitting at one of the park's picnic tables eating sandwiches, she spotted something inside the crevice of a tree. She noticed the trunk looked split and she thought it was some kind of clamp to stop it from splitting more. As I looked closer I told her it was a big spider. I would say it was at least four inches across from the end of one leg to another. My wife is afraid of spiders so needless to say she didn't care to take a closer look. I myself keep my digital camera with me at all times and I had to get a picture of this spider. I must of took about 6 blurry pictures before I got daring enough to steady my hand on the outside edge of this crevice to get a good still shot. When I got home and got a good look at this, I figured I had to know what it was. This tree was about 15 yards away from the edge of Egleman's Lake, a small lake that the local, Isacc Walton League raise bass in. From your photos and descriptions I thought it might be a "Fishing Spider" but I am no expert. I would appreciate any information you could send me. Thank You. Larry W. Soltys

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9 June, 2006:
Found this in the yard this evening. We live 6.5 miles outside of downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Enjoy!  -Lisa

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7 June, 2006:
Good morning, she came back again. This time I got a few better photos. They're all yours. Have a great day.
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7 June, 2006:
Good morning. I was checking out your awesome website this morning. My spider attached appears to be a fishing spider. It was huge - about the size of my hand. Could you possibly confirm it? I'd like to find out more about these spiders since I discovered it the other day. Thank you, Nancy Peterson

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29 May, 2006:
dear glen, i came across yourwebsite and was hoping that you may be able to identify this spider.........as im hoping they are not very harmful. based on your site, im guessing that this may be a fishing spider? we do live near much marshy area and creeks/streams.  the only thing that is throwing me off is that his head seems rather shiny almost like armor... he was motionless even with light shining on him.............but when nudged, he was rather fast to move.....and was quick to say the least. any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. this spider was every bit of 4 inches with an extremely large body.
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28 May, 2006:
I came across this Dolomedes tenebrosus one night about 2 feet from my bed. Attached are pictures of the spider next to a hockey puck (for scale). i also caught a smaller one, possibly a male or a baby. I live in Montreal Canada, in a wooded area, and run into these quite often in my basement.

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Reply: This looks like a fishing spider. They are not considered medically significant.

20 May, 2006:
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20 May, 2006:
Hi Glen, here is a picture of a fishing spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus) for your collection. I live in Gatineau, Quebec. This beauty lives in a small hole between the bricks just outside our front door. I do find her inside
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17 May, 2006:
Hi there!
I am an arachnaphobic and needless to say, deathly afraid of spiders. I have literally quit breathing and passed out when one was crawling on me. That being said, I have found your site to be very insightful, and somewhat healing, despite the fact that I have seen enough images to give me nightmares for the rest of my life. However, It seems the more I learn about them, the easier it is to co-exist with them. I still don't want them freeloading in my home though. We live on the Alabama/Florida line right on the gulf coast. We are blessed with a beach, technically Perdido bay, right across the street from our house, which we frequent regularly during the warm months. I have attached an image of a type of spider that we see quite often dashing about in the sand. It is light in coloring and almost the same color as the sand, which makes these guys hard to spot. After reviewing your website extensively, I have come to believe that this is some sort of fishing spider. My husband took the picture of this big guy. Afterwards, he took my 5 year old's shovel and scooped him up and tossed him into the water for a tasty treat for the fish. Man, I have never seen a spider run this fast! He rocketed across the water and back onto shore within seconds before my husband ran him off, away from me, and into the woods. Fortunately for the spider, I am too afraid to get close enough to them to kill them, and he lived to see another day. He/she was large, to me, but I have seen them much bigger. Can you please verify for me what type of spiders we have running about in our sands? I promise not to feed anymore to the fish. Thank you, Sabrina Fox Lillian, AL

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12 May, 2006:
We found a few of these in a house in Southern Vermont and we didn't know what kind they were. They ranged in size from 1" to 4" long. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Ellen

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10 May, 2006:
These photos are of dock spiders (supposedly Canada's largest spider) up at  our cottage on Go Home Lake near Parry Sound, Ontario. I couldn't find any  photos of these on your site and thought you might like to include them in  your collection.

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10 May, 2006:
We originally thought these spiders were a type of wolf spider, but after  looking at the great pictures on your site we've changed our minds. Is this  a type of fishing spider? He was found on our bathroom door this morning in  the O'Fallon, MO area. Eilene

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12 March, 2006:
Hi I was unpacking some new furniture and this popped out. Any idea what it is?
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26 January, 2006:
Found this spider hanging under a large cement block last fall. Measured almost 3 inches in length, and moved amazingly fast for it's size (and obvious attached cargo) ...
K. Mason
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24 December, 2005:
Hiya, Seem to be quite a few of these from Michigan. Here are  some pictures my wife shot of this big fellow. There's  nothing to give a sense of scale, however he/she is
standing on 15cm of snow, and it's 15F (-6.6C) outside! I wasn't aware spiders were active in such cold weather.Thanks,
Robert Former
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6 December, 2005:
I found this one between the firewood today.
Is this a huntsman spider?
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25 Sept, 2005:
attached is a picture of a spider captured in Northern New Jersey, USA. The spider seemed far larger then any of the local spiders I have seen before. The spider was in a pile of wood on our deck. The eye pattern seems to be of the tengenaria variety. Its back markings which are pretty clear in the photo have some similarities to the violin shaped tan markings on the brown recluses which are idigenous to the area. The spider is 2 inches (5 cm) in total diameter with hair covering most of the body and legs. I'm fairly confident it is somewhere in the family of the brown recluse/european house spider/hobo spider, but the latter of the two have made their way past colorado from the west coast of the US as far as I can tell. I would love to know your opinion, and perhaps some information (poisonous?). It's an isolated neighborhood, I'm surprised it found its way to my door if it were a pet.
Thank you, Mike

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11 Sept, 2005:
Hi Glen,
I ran across this spider in Harrisvile, MI, which is a few miles from Lake Huron. Could this be a Fishing Spider? Geez...I thought I saw them all but this one definitely caught my attention.

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7 Sept, 2005:
Hi Glen!
We have a spider that has been living in our steps for months now. He only comes out at night and when he's out he sits perfectly still no matter what you do around him. I found several pictures of fishing spiders on your site that looked just like our spider. Our steps are concrete and not near water. Could our little guy still be a fishing spider? If so, what is eating down there? I have included some pictures. I hope you can tell me what he is. Thanks, Bridget  Toronto, Ohio

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3 Sept, 2005:
Thanks for a terrific site I found what I was looking for with no problem We have a lot of these spider around our house and it is nice to know that they are harmless Thanks again and keep up the good work
Fred K
Norwalk, CT U.S.A.

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3 Sept, 2005:
Okay, this thing just scared the every lovin' life out of me this morning when I got out of the shower and saw it dangling on the door staring at me. I screamed so loud it jumped!

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19 August, 2005:
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17  August, 2005:
Glen, I was looking at your website and was hoping you could help me identify the spider I found on our deck last night. We live in Northern Maryland and although we have some large spiders we have never had one quite this large. I have attached pictures for you. This thing is almost 4 inches from tip to tip. I would appreciate it if you could help me identify this thing.
Karen Reisler

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7 July, 2005:
This is a spider from my yard in Long Island NY. Any idea what kind it is? thanks. Great web site by the way. -jim

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Reply: That looks like it could be a
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2 July, 2005:
Hello, I'm from the Netherlands en while I was enjoying my vacation on the Greek Island Kos this spider was in the appartement. Do you know what kind of spider this is?
Renate Blauw

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23 June, 2005:
Hey. My name is Andrew and I thought these photos may be of interest to you. I am very big on the outdoors and what lives in the outdoors. I found this spider in Dixon Tennessee. It is on a tree in these pictures but what you cant see is what is under it. Under it was a nest of these spiders. There were around probably 10 of them in a hole in the base of the trunk of this tree. It was awesome to see this. This was in the middle of the night around 1:00 in the morning. I was out looking for spiders, snakes, and what ever else using the old trick of holding a flashlight beside your head and looking for sparkling objects, otherwise known as eyes. Just thought you might like these picture attachments. Feel free to email me back. Thanks.
Andrew Hendrickp.s., this particular spider was bigger than the palm of my hand. It would not fit in the bottom of my nalgene bottle. Its legs were spread out on the side of the bottle.

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23 June, 2005:
Hi. Can you help me identify this spider?
I don't have alot of experience with spiders so I really don't have any idea what this is.
I found it in our storage shed in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If you look at the picture, that is a canoe paddle next to it. That should help with the size.b The body was about the size of my fist. Any guesses?
Thanks. Rebecca Stachewicz, Gwinn, MI

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18 June, 2005:
I found this spider on the wall by my girlfriends garage. i looked it up and I deducted that it was a dark fishing spider. I never seen anything like it around here. I got a lot of good pics though, you can use on your website.

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25 May, 2005:
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1 April, 2005
I found this spider tonight in my house and have seen them many times  before. Even though I am in Maryland and it is March (cold and rainy) do you  think this could possibly be a Huntsman or is it a Fishing Spider? Your site is very interesting and well done. It is the only informative  place I have found on the subject. I have a lot of spiders and am always  trying to figure out what they are.-Tracey Estevez www.geezitron.com

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19 July, 2004
Hey!
We found this spider in our shed near the woods in Conowingo, MD. Our house is right next to the Octoraro River. It seems like a Dolomedes tenebrosus from the researching we did. It has the "w" marks on its back. What do you think?
Becky A. McCollum

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Hi Glenda,
Thank you very much for your reply. After your email, I searched the web further and found this web link http://www.surviveoutdoors.com/reference/spiders/fishing.asp This is a dead on match for my spider, attached So it appears you are correct, a fishing spider. This makes sense, as this spider remained motionless for a very long time AND I live on a lake full of frogs, probably its favourite food. Thanks very much! I am not worried about poison spiders, I NEVER kill spiders, I think they are great creatures and I always let them be.
Sincerely,
Ray Garrison
Hell, Michigan
13 June, 2004
Hi there, I found this giant spider in my basement in Hell, Michigan and can not identify it. My best guess is some sort of Wolf spider, but this guy has stripped legs. You can see how big he is as he is hanging onto a 2"x4" piece of lumber. If anyone can help id this spider I would be very grateful. You have permission to post this photo if you like.
Sincerely,
Ray Garrison

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11 June, 2004
Hi-
I live in Southern New Jersey, near Phildelphia. Here'a a picture of a little fellow that crawled across my foot last night coming in the door. I thought this was a Fishing Spider, but there's a picture of what looks like a similar spider on your site referred to as a Wolf Spider. Can you tell me which one it is?
Great web site!
Curt W.

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16 May, 2004
Just was wondering if I've come to the right conclusion. I found this beauty in
the old BBQ. It hung around even when I was working on the grills but did wander
away after about 5-7 minutes.
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Diane Krause

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Reply: 26 September, 2001: THIS AGAIN, is not a Wolf Spider. It is a Fishing Spider, Dolomedes tenebrosus perhaps.  This is probably the largest Fishing Spider in the United States, with about a 3 inch leg pan total. Fishing Spiders  do not burrow, though I like the person's method of attracting Wolf Spiders.
Paul Day
www.losingmylycosa.com

In your web page you asked for pics of spiders. Here is one from Michigan, USA of a rather large Wolf Spider. This male was over 55mm from leg tip to leg tip. They grow very large around here. I would keep them in my garden, as they would eat the pests without having to use pesticides. I would put up large plastic owls to keep the birds away to that my small hunters (the wolf spiders) would not be eaten. Wolf spiders make excellent garden protectors because they do not spin webs and generally run away if you shake the plant before trying to pick anything. To attract them, you can use a broom handle to dig 75mm deep holes at a 45 degree angle that they like to use as borrows. Putting these around valuable plants assures that they will stay bug free.
- Mark

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Reply: 13 December, 2001:
It's me again, This spider is Dolomedes tenebrosus, one of the largest fishing spiders in the United States. They make great pets, and are commonly found near lakes and rivers, on rocks like this one is sitting on.
happy holidays,
Paul Day

Thanks Paul.
10 December, 2001
I found this guy here in New York (Long Island) in between slats of slate outside as I moved them on a warm Fall afternoon this year. He sort of just froze after I noticed him and didn't move for a long time.
I thought the fishing spider you have on your page could be what he is, but I am not sure.

Thanks again,
Mimi M.

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Reply: 26 September, 2001: THIS AGAIN, is not a Wolf Spider. It is a Fishing Spider, Dolomedes tenebrosus perhaps.  This is probably the largest Fishing Spider in the United States, with about a 3 inch leg pan total. Fishing Spiders  do not burrow, though I like the person's method of attracting Wolf Spiders.
Paul Day
www.losingmylycosa.com

In your web page you asked for pics of spiders. Here is one from Michigan, USA of a rather large Wolf Spider. This male was over 55mm from leg tip to leg tip. They grow very large around here. I would keep them in my garden, as they would eat the pests without having to use pesticides. I would put up large plastic owls to keep the birds away to that my small hunters (the wolf spiders) would not be eaten. Wolf spiders make excellent garden protectors because they do not spin webs and generally run away if you shake the plant before trying to pick anything. To attract them, you can use a broom handle to dig 75mm deep holes at a 45 degree angle that they like to use as borrows. Putting these around valuable plants assures that they will stay bug free.
- Mark

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