Fishing Spider
Dolomedes species
The images on this page are of Fishing Spider (Dolomedes species). The specific identification cannot be determined with certainty without examination of the specimen. This spider in the shot at right was foraging along the edge of a small stream in Travis Co., Texas, in June, 2005. Fishing Spiders can float on the water and will catch tadpoles, small fish and virtually anything else of proper size. It was photographed with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 580 flash.
The Fishing Spider on the right is most likely the Six-spotted Fishing Spider (Dolomedes triton). This shot was taken in Jasper Co., Texas, in June, 2009.
The next five shots of a Fishing Spider were taken in August, 2009, along the edge of the Narraguagus River, in Washington Co., Maine. This spider appears to be guarding an egg case. The images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The Six-spotted Fishing Spider on the right has captured a Selys' Sundragon as a prey item.
Fishing Spider species
Dolomedes species
Gus Engling W.M.A.,
Anderson Co., Texas
9 June 2013