Striped fishing spider

Striped fishing spider, Credit: David Coulson

striped-fishing-dock-spider-dan-schneider_cutout_v3Description: A very large fishing spider, similar to Dolomedes tenebrosus. Females range from 17 – 24 millimetres, males from 13 – 16 millimetres. The abdomen usually shows four “W-shaped” marks. Males have a broad whitish band around the entire cephalothorax, and a light band along the sides of the abdomen.

Habitat: Usually found near or on water, often on floating vegetation

Striped fishing spider, Credit: Dan Schneider

Striped fishing spider, Credit: Dan Schneider

Striped fishing spider, Credit: Ian Marsman CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Range: Nova Scotia to Manitoba, south to southern United States

Seasonality: Males spring to early summer, females late spring to early fall

Trivia: These formidable hunters can “skate” on the water’s surface and eat small tadpoles and fish as well as insects. Because of their habit of climbing onto shoreline structures, they are often called “dock” spiders.