Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Six-spotted Fishing Spider

On 25 May 2014, I was not the only predator searching for dragonflies along a small pond in Carleton College’s arboretum. This Six-spotted Fishing Spider was looking for aquatic nymphs, whereas I was more interested in flying adults. This spider is found across much of the United States and Canada to South America. This species is our most aquatic spider. It hunts along ponds and rivers and even walks on the water surface—it takes water striders or other insects that have fallen onto the water.  It also dives for its prey, which includes small fish, frogs, and aquatic insects, and can stay under water for up to an hour (Wikipedia).

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