Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wild Wednesday, Dark Fishing Spider

We found this large beauty on our living room wall one day, I caught it and let it go in the pine tree outside our garage. I know spiders get a bad rap, and granted, I'm not thrilled with the idea of them biting me, but I have to say that they are fascinating and beautiful in their own delicate way. This is a Dark Fishing Spider, probably a small female or a male, and while this particular spider was a little over an inch, I've read that an adult female can grow to around 3 inches. It is the largest spider in Michigan, and are found near ponds and marshes. They can walk on the surface of the water and have been known to kill small fish.

The largest wild spider I've ever seen in person was a Huntsman Spider. We used to find them all the time while my parents were building our home. One got in our house and it was so large and black that at first we thought it was a mouse. They are more tarantula like where the Fishing Spider is more streamline.


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