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Monday, July 17, 2006

It's a woman's world....

...if you're a spider. This large Dolomedes Fishing Spider was found under a bridge in my neighborhood. After my son claimed to have found a "nest of massive spiders", I went to investigate. We waded through ankle deep water under a bridge with little light. A four inch spider counts as massive in my book. I've since learned that these harmless creatures spin no web but instead hunt below the water for up to a half hour. After inspecting the photo at home I noticed a really big female hiding (lower left) in the gap surrounded by devoured males. The camera flash gave her away. Get out of there fella!

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