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BIG SPIDER !!! - Dolomedes scriptus - female

BIG SPIDER !!! - Dolomedes scriptus - Female
1000 islands, New York, USA
September 27, 2004
i was walking on one of the docks near the water,when i saw something run under the wood about 3 inches off the ground, i got down on my side and this HUGE spider is what i found. i think it would either be a fishing spider, wolf spider, or a nursery spider? i am not sure what one tho.. could anyone help me. notice the eggs on the bottom pic. they were just hatching i believe. seemed to stay in one place for a long time. and was very protective of her eggs. very interested on what this is. NOTICE..the detail on the back quarter, almost like a heart shaped design and then 2 small lines after that.looked about 3.5 inches. also this was taken about 11am, on a overcast day. please help identify. thanks

Dolomedes sp.
Definitely a female fisher spider, Dolomedes sp., not sure which one. Here you can see how the family (Pisauridae) gets its name of "nursery web spiders."

hey.. thanks so much for resp
hey.. thanks so much for responding.. now i know. great!

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