Female Dolomedes scriptus. 3 of 3.
Palps look like they’re beginning to swell, I suspect an immature male. Dark coloration between eye rows, this is D. tenebrosus. Filed x3. 🙂
Wow, I’ve never seen a tenebrosus with this coloration and we’ve have a lot of them around the yard! Very interesting!
Because they vary and are similar looking I look for several things when distinguishing between D. tenebrosus and D. scriptus. The dark coloration between eyes rows is one thing, I also look at the “W” pattern on the abdomen – on D. scriptus it is bolder and also the median carapace stripe is more complete on D. scriptus.
Mentally filed, thank you! Speaking of distinguishing features, I’m almost positive I have photos of a male E. flava! It has that thin white band below the eyes that wraps around the carapace that the militaris lacks. Extremely interested in your opinion as I’ve recently become slightly obsessed with differentiating the species!
Sounds good, I look forward to making a page for it. 😀
I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve, haha! I posted three shots of a male yesterday and I think I’ve photographed a female of each species as well. So far I only uploaded what appears to be a female militaris. Uploading the possible flava female shortly!
I don’t know how to distinguish the females … I need to look at them closer, I think your right … but I’m not positive. I’ll wait for the male.
The males are uploaded. 🙂
On my page, I uploaded them yesterday.