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Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

October 7, 2001
6:46 PM

Post #15376

does anyone recognise this spider? it's very distinctive with a chocolate body and cream stripe down it's side.

this is one of Jane's fly catching friends.

Mark

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Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

October 8, 2001
12:08 AM

Post #142206

Mark
Was it on water plants? Does it have spots on it's abdomen? It could be a spotted fishing spider. They are brown with lengthwise stripes.
mark
Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

October 10, 2001
6:37 PM

Post #144032

Calalily you are 100% correct. I sent the photo to the entimology dept of the Ulster Museum.

it's a Raft Spider aka Fishing Spider Dolomedes fimbraitus. they sit at the edge of ponds and lakes waiting for tell-tale ripples. they dash out and grab the prey even if it is underwater.

this one was on a climbing Dicentra growing at the base of Jane's conservatory. it was 50 yards or so away from her nearest pond.

here is a better shot
http://www.funet.fi/pub/sci/bio/life/arachnoida/araneida/dolomedidae/dolomedes/fimbriatus-1U.jpg

Mark

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