Comments & ID Thoughts
I think it's a dark fishing spider, I found it in my laundry room and put it into a jar and released it outside in my field. It was surprisingly calm the entire time.
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- Submitted: Mar 24, 2019
- Photographed: Mar 24, 2019
- Spider: Dolomedes tenebrosus (Dark Fishing Spider)
- Location: BROOKS, Kentucky, United States
- Spotted Indoors: Other
- Found in web?: No
- Attributes: Dorsal
Yes they are normally quite shy and only become aggressive when females are guarding eggs or young.
They are quite beautiful but I was a little freaked when I first seen it just do to it’s size. After looking it over and seeing how calm it was my fear melted away and my curiosity took over. Good thing I’m not afraid of spider’s .
They are quite fascinating spiders and nothing to be afraid of, but yes, startling in size. The females carry their egg sac around tucked under their body for several days, finding a sunny spot in the day to help warm up the eggs. Then they climb up some tall weeds and make a ‘nursery’ web where the yound hatch out and she guards the nursery until the spiderlings have molted and are ready to disperse on their own. It’s one of the few examples of parental care in the spiders.