Comments & ID Thoughts
Location of picture is southern West Virginia. This little guy was hiding inside a bath towel that was hanging beside the shower in the house. Any ideas as to the type of spider? I've seen a lot of spiders that I can usually easily identify but I'm at a loss as to what this one is.
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- Submitted: May 1, 2019
- Photographed: May 1, 2019
- Spider: Dolomedes tenebrosus (Dark Fishing Spider)
- Location: Red House, West Virginia, United States
- Spotted Indoors: Sink or bathtub
- Found in web?: No
- Attributes: Dorsal
Forgot to mention, it’s about the size of a 50 cent piece.
Dark Fishing Spider, Dolomedes tenebrosus.
Thanks! Looks like that’s definitely the culprit. Never seen one of those around here before but, now I know.
They aren’t native to bathroom towels, you would have heard about them if they were. They are mobile ambush predators, rather than web spiders. They eat a variety of insects and other small animals. I haven’t seen one in-person yet either though they are fairly common.