Comments & ID Thoughts
Tetragnatha versicolor Walckenaer, 1841, female.
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- Submitted: Jun 30, 2018
- Photographed: Jun 27, 2018
- Spider: Tetragnatha versicolor
- Location: Sooke River, Sooke (Vancouver Island), British Columbia, Canada
- Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers),Saltwater ocean, river, lake, stream
- Found in web?: Yes
- Attributes: Dorsal
I believe I’ve seen these before, they’re very distinct and I’ve seen many spiders that look exactly like this hanging out in between the poles on the dock at my lake near West Branch. They seem to be primarily nocturnal and tend to buddy up with neighboring orbweavers. I’ll try to remember to take photos when I open up my cottage next month! Stunning lil guys!
They’re very common on the lake docks and on branches low near the water, sometimes, as you say, there’s more than one type (species) in the area. Like all orb weavers, they keep the population of mosquitoes and gnats down.
Thank you for the photo Rick! I see lots of different species crowded together near water, just like you said. There are usually other orbweavers and fishing spiders there too, like Toadycube said.
I wish we had the larger Fishing spiders (Pisauridae), Dolomedes tenebrosus or D. albineus, up in British Columbia. All we have is the small Dolomedes triton and they’re not common.