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Stripped Fishing Spider

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  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2021
  • Photographed: Aug 18, 2016
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Plymouth , Wisconsin, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: No
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Wolf Spider. Hunts mostly at night. Non Aggressive, however, will bite if you provoke it or squeeze it. Example, it is in your shoe and you place your foot on it it will likely bite you. Some pain /swelling from bite. However, it has zero interest in crawling on top of your foot (or you) to bite you. It is called a Wolf Spider because it hunts “like a wolf” chasing its prey. They will help remove larger pests around your property even small toads. I suggest live capture-release if it is inside your home or disturbs you.


That’s odd! I think you’re correct and she’s a Striped Fishing Spider, Dolomedes scriptus. She looks like she recently oviposited her eggs into an egg sac. Female spiders sometimes have a downturned posterior after they oviposit. One thing that can cause spiders to bite, besides physical pressure against their bodies, is defending their eggs or hatchlings. Fishing Spiders don’t hunt with webs, but they do make a special Nursery Web. It is an enclosure around their egg sacs. It keeps some predators out and the babies in while she guards them. The Nursery Web may still be nearby. What did… Read more »