Unidentified

Picture ID 125638

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

Found near a lake. In the mountains. Perched on a rag weed of some sort. With a web. What I found interesting was only 6 legs. Unless I'm missing something.

  • Submitted by: 
    Poppyseed
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2020
  • Photographed: Sep 13, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Killington, Vermont, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers)
  • Found in web?: No
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Helper-Harvestman

You are a good observer! Yes, this spider is looking a bit worse for wear. Losing legs is not uncommon, especially this late in the season when many spiders are coming to the ends of their lives anyway. Although I can’t see the markings well enough to be sure, the shape and habitat are consistent with Dolomedes tenebrosus, the Dark Fishing Spider. I speculate that this may be a female guarding her nursery web. Did you see any egg sacs or very tiny spiders in that web?