Picture ID 160671

Picture of unidentified spider

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The body was about 1 inch long. It was stationary on a wooden deck stair at 7:00 PM EST.

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  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2022
  • Photographed: Jul 21, 2022
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: No
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Gorgeous shot. I think this is a beautiful white banded (because of the white band under its eyes) fishing spider – Dolomedes albineus. In spite of its name it is more likely to be found on a tree than near water. They can be quite fluffy looking and often have a greenish cast, all the better to look like lichen and blend in. There are photos of them on this site on lichen covered trees, and you would be hard pressed to see them. They are pretty docile by all accounts (unless guarding an egg sac) and they are not… Read more »


Hi. A lot of spiders ‘hunker down’ as in your photo if they feel exposed or threatened.
This can cover many features used for ID, but I do agree with Nod, this is a white banded fishing spider. They are a challenge to catch but I will let the image explain the rest.
White-banded Fishing Spider – Dolomedes albineus – BugGuide.Net


Thanks for the confirmation. I am not american and have never seen these beauties in real life. The link is brilliant. I just love how they choose a background to blend into.


I had them in Florida USA. often found them on widow screens.
You could lean against a tree, mere inches from one and never know.