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Dolomedes tenebrosus

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By Diohio


Dolomedes tenebrosus

Look what I found today in my tub of potting soil ! This is Dolomedes tenebrosus, or the Fishing Spider. In Europe it's known as the Raft spider. It's quite common here in my yard I think mainly because I have so many little pools and the pond. Last year I was weeding and must have accidentally grabbed a few legs of one and it bit me but I was ok. I would have bitten me too ! I never kill a spider because they're so beneficial. You can barely see the 2 rows of eyes in this pic. It's a large spider, with legs and all it's about the size of your hand (minus fingers).



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I'm not afraid of spiders but I wouldn't want this in my garden. I'm glad we don't have these in Wales !

13 Jun, 2008

 

You are welcome to these Di.

13 Jun, 2008

 

wow, hes huge. am glad to hear you dont kill spiders, i dont understand why some people do.

13 Jun, 2008

 

handsome beast - looks a bit scary too!

13 Jun, 2008

 

Ugh!! Glad he is yours but nice photo & interesting. Thanks!

13 Jun, 2008

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Gives me the willies...........

13 Jun, 2008

 

So cute and fuzzy

17 Jun, 2008

 

OMG ! cute and fuzzy Gillian ?

22 Jun, 2008



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