“Wolf spiders, who use their eyes more than many other types of spiders, use visual cues in mating. Here are some fishing spider facts pulled from Chris’s post: Dock spiders are closely related to wolf spiders; Two species, Dolomedes tenebrosus and Dolomedes scriptus are the common ‘dock spiders’ These spiders, especially the full-grown females, are the largest (native) spider … Writer Fox, thank you for stopping by and for the votes and the pin. No almost about it. They would hatch under our dock. I have discovered from living in five different states in five different regions of the country, that words, names, and phrases can be regional. . Favoured habitats include shorelines with dense plants or man-made structures (like boat houses), and within forests, under rocks, logs and in tall plants. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 26, 2014: Thank you Vespawoolf for taking the time to read and comment on this article! Now when I think back about that afternoon and what would have happened if I had reached down and picked up what I thought was twine, my blood curdles just a little. Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on January 14, 2014: Wow, these are huge spiders. It features a hollow body weedless design and walking legs that stride, glide, and twitch as the spider is worked across the water surface. moonlake from America on January 30, 2016: Every time I look at the dock spider on the guys back it gives me the creeps. They breath oxygen through a bubble they hold to their underside. They do have a painful bite with their large fangs but non-venomous to humans. The bigger they are the bigger the prey they're able to eat. As it turned out, it was a good thing I had not followed through with that chore. . Why would I not mean he should kill the spider like dozens of others both of us had killed previously? Hope you are staying cool up there in Texas. The Dock spider is commonly found in cottage country throughout Canada and the United States. So of course I had to research dock spiders, and sure enough, I found photos of dock spiders, sometimes called wharf spiders, or fishing spiders, exactly as Moonlake described -- sunning themselves on a pier! It's one of the dozen states in the U.S. I know people here in town who have them in sections of their yards. After a while I got used to the wolf spiders showing up unexpectedly on a shelf, on the stereo, on a counter, or a doorframe. If I had seen it when I was all alone I would probably still be in treatment. This was how the wolf spider's legs appeared in the dark hallway of my apartment, slightly hairy. Wolf spiders can live up to 5 years. Those pictures you've used with the spiders crawling on people are really creepy. Since I never saw another one of that huge size I don't know how big a second one may have been, and honestly, it gives me the creeps to think about it. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 09, 2020: Jason Thurston, thank you for checking out my article. I hope your dream was a good one and not a nightmare. Several times that afternoon when I looked down and saw that twine I hesitated and thought I would just bend down and pick it up and toss it in the trash, but each time something made me stop and think, “Oh, I’ll just do it next time.” Very odd, because I am not one to put off such a simple task. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 25, 2014: Good to know you won't forget us here, Sam. These wonderful “little” critters are also known as Fishing Spiders, Raft Spiders and Wharf Spiders. We called them dock spiders. Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 15, 2014: William15, thank you for stopping by. The larger ones galloped! Don’t have much time on Hubpages lately to hectic around here right now and it’s going to get worse in a few weeks. I only use it with his permission and I have no way to edit it. Janis from California on January 15, 2014: I couldn't imagine letting a spider crawl on my face. They went on too long. I enjoyed your hub and thanks so much for the mention of my hub and link to it. Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on July 28, 2017: Amazing photos/ I once encountered a spider called a Wind Scorpion here in the San Bernardino Mountains. ICAST 2019 Best Freshwater Soft Lure Winner! Yikes! I answered affirmative, “Just kill the spider.”. Put on a headlamp and walk around at night looking at the grass and when you see what looks like diamonds and walk up to it you'll find that it's usually either a spider or a moth. Thank you for your kind compliment and for the vote and share. Talk about being the black sheep (or spider) in the family. So you can see the scene of me going crazy...I also noticed at night when I'd check on the horses a wolf spiders eyes would reflect. Wall to wall carpet, central heat and air, and all the food it could eat, etc. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2014: Will pin this to another one of my boards titled "Do you know this?" Very much appreciate your kind words. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2014: My grandmother lived on Okauchee Lake in Wisconsin but I never saw anything like those dock spiders. You should gather collections of your articles, revise and expand on them and publish them to be sold on Amazon, using CreateSpace and KindleDirectPublishing. me) at HP are sending you our best wishes for a good outcome as you work through this very difficult time. When I say larger, I mean about three inches or so in diameter, legs and all. The main difference between spiders and crustaceans is that crustaceans are aquatic (live in the water at least part of the time) and have 2 sets of antennae. Some are opportunistic hunters pouncing upon prey as they find it or even chasing it over short distances. I had to check out your wind scorpion since I've never heard of them before, and I have to say they look pretty formidable. Royalty-Free Stock Photo. The arachnids don’t spin webs to catch prey, but the females do spin sturdy, round sacs, built to hold 500 to 1,000 eggs. One of the most common complaints of lake residents is the uncanny ability of spiders to cover your dock in webs. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 18, 2014: Tarantulas don't make webs, Sam. To my knowledge, there are no spiders that big in Wisconsin. And they were big. I was born and grew up in Central Wisconsin and I had never seen a “huge spider,” in all the time I lived there. From the photos and information I found on dock spiders, they do indeed get very large. If it was truly that large, there's not much else it could have been. It looks like its made out of tissue paper. Spiders are generally good and take out some of the critters that we like even less, but the bigger they get the scarier they get it seems. Their eyesight is considered exceptional and useful to their hunter lifestyle. I do remember seeing diving spiders when I was young. I'm not surprised to hear about monster spiders in the South because spiders love heat, usually dry heat, but some don't mind humidity either. I walked past that loosely coiled twine several times that afternoon; my bare foot usually no more than a half-inch away from it, if that. Glad you enjoyed. . It still creeps me out after all the years that have passed since this happened. Dock spiders, also called fishing or wharf spiders, like to live in waterfront properties near lakes, ponds, marshes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, and woods. Through Science North in Sudbury, I caught up with the well-known Zack Lemann, entomologist at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, and showed him the photo. I love this article. Will once again share this good hub of yours. If the prospect of a spider that catches fish wasn't scary enough, the fishing spider is disturbingly well-adapted to its task. My husband brought the spider on the dustpan for me to see before he threw it outside into a pasture on the other side of the parking lot where horses were kept. Except for the giant size, our field spiders looked exactly like the photos of dock spiders I found in the course of my research. Wolf spiders are generally not poisonous or bad spiders. A toy collie? As this huge hairy spider moved across the floor. I've never seen a spider that large, except maybe a tarantula at a zoo. It makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck to think of it. 7 customer reviews: Ask a Question. No way would you crush it by stomping on it. I'm sure it was an anomaly, but I have to say that even after it was disposed of, something continued to eat the cockroaches in the dining room. . I DID have an encounter I'll never forget. Back then I hated spiders of every kind and none were safe inside my home. They were less inclined to run for their lives with my new attitude and so they remained more convenient to eliminate. The biggest spider I had ever seen was perhaps the size of a fifty-cent piece. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 25, 2014: PegCole17, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. How could he possibly be anything but an alien since he doesn't fit the description of a 'normal' human according to authorities and experts on humans? I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. Had I picked it up, likely it would have wrapped its legs around my hand and forearm and it would have been horrible trying to get it off. It`s bite is generally not dangerous to humans. 7 Reviews . Hope you are in a cool place and watching the grass grow through the window instead of from the seat of the riding mower. When my daughter lived in Arizona, she woke up one night to see a huge wolf spider on the bed, glaring at her. Appreciate your sharing about the spiders in Australia too. Here are some interesting facts about these amazing cabin residents. “I’d better get it out of here before it comes to,” he said, and went to get our dustpan. After mating, female wolf spiders lay several dozen eggs or more and wrap them in silk, creating a large egg sac about the size of a pea. I found her while I was cleaning the garage. Dock spider (fishing spider) facts. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 29, 2014: Thank you for stopping by Shyron, and for the votes and share, and for all you do. Glad July is already half over and I'm look forward to Dec. 1, when it should cool off for a few weeks. It belongs to the Pisauridae family of spiders. Most live under bark or stones; some are found in books and old chests. I asked several friends and they had never heard of them either. So perhaps he is an alien from another planet? It was the legs I had seen in the near dark that to me resembled twine. It was only after the fact that I realized how close I had walked barefoot to the thing. I have considered publishing a book, but on a different subject. are all arthropods. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 14, 2014: WriterJanis, thank you for stopping by. The "glowing" description was used by the guy who made the video and he placed that word on the video. But this was not a film . What kind of dog? I got over my fear of spiders after vacationing in Maine one summer when I was a kid. Thank you for the votes and she also. When I was looking for some good videos I had a hard time watching some of them. Wolf spiders are actually good spiders, not poisonous, though sometimes their bite can cause necrosis. False scorpions occur worldwide except in cold regions. Click on it if you do and find out what it's called. He came into the kitchen and asked me, “Did you see that big spider in the hallway?”, I hate when someone tries to talk to me while I am on the phone trying to listen or talk to someone else. The small wolf spiders aren't so bad, but the big one like I had in my apartment was, and would be, another matter. Horrible thoughts really. This summer has been just too hot. The eyes reflect light, not the same as glowing. No, until that day it was in the hallway I never saw it before. There were only a few in the bunch (they were migrating, looking for mates) that big, most were about the size of the charger plate, but like I said, there are always anomalies. I'm just glad I didn't see that huge spider for what it was before my husband got home. Qty: Add to Wishlist. Fishing spiders are classified as generalist predators and use ambush tactics to catch many types of prey unaware. Nothing happened until evening when my husband came home from work. I never wore shoes inside our apartment and to this day do not wear shoes when I am at home. I would freak if one of these spiders got on me. An English Mastiff? Tunnel dwellers leave their egg sacs in the tunnel when hunting, but bring it outside during the day because the warm sun helps the eggs develop faster. They can … Shared on Facebook. Very interesting subject matter that I hope never to see up close and personal in our home. Now they have a different insecticide they use to control bugs in apartments, etc., and the exterminators come through once a month. I'm not as fearful of spiders anymore as I was back then, but I still have healthy respect for the poisonous recluse and black widows, and of course, for those that are truly huge, as this one was. It was too dark in the hallway to identify it and that is why I described it as looking like loosely coiled twine. No, I really can't sleep when it's so hot, but otherwise all is moving along. I did not wash my hair. Sadly, I have neve visited Virginia. You may be familiar with it and just call it by a different name. This is the time of year when people are starting to get outside again. Very well researched article, voted up, and pinning! Not pretty, IMO. It is certainly hot this year! He asked if I was sure he should do that, and I thought he must surly have lost his mind. Dock spiders are Canada’s largest native spiders. Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 25, 2014: Au fait, the night after I read this I dreamed about the spiders, but I love this hub, very interesting. They do spread their silk around on the ground or floor to cause passing insects to get stuck in it. It's haed and body aren't that big but its back end can be huge. They were the biggest of the spiders in my environment growing up on a small farm way out in the sticks in central Wisconsin. People hunting for them can find them in grassy or woodsy undeveloped areas by shining a flashlight towards them. Spider crabs get considerably bigger. CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on January 14, 2014: What an amazing spider it must have been! :) The only shining eyes I've seen at night belonged to deer. I always look forward to it when you have a new article here. He was standing at the end of a dock, fishing, when a large dock spder jumped off the water, bit him on the lip and jumped off before he could react. While i am planning on releasing plenty of them, i am planning on selling some of them but i am wondering how much i should sell them for. Lunkerhunt Phantom Spider - Dock. I hope I never see another huge spider or a tarantula again up close again. Dock spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus) on part of a wooden wharf in Ontario. But they are not poisonous and eat a lot of nastier bugs. They like a variety of different habitats, grassy, woods, near water, etc., so they can be anywhere. Be sure to read about my meeting with Ms. Wolf Spider if you didn't get that far. I have 'daymares' when I think how close I came to picking up that spider. Let’s see if my parents need to be worried about being taken over by these bugs. Very interesting hub. Don't forget us here at HP. Wolf spiders easily blend into their favorite habitat as a rule and so they are not readily noticeable. I think it had it made in our apartment. The wolf spiders in their various sizes continued to appear with regularity for almost a year before I met their mama. I don't think even one of those huge pickle jars they have for parties would have been big enough, but we didn't have one so it didn't matter. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 22, 2014: Take care Sam. Our apartment was infested with wolf spiders and so it doesn't seem extraordinary to me that one or more of them grew up to be quite large in a safe environment that provided plenty of food. Is that true? 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