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Swimming with Spiders

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 Recently, while cooling off in our natural swimming pond, I noticed a spider on the water’s edge.  When I attempted to get close for a better look it ran away on the water and then went under the surface where it remained quite stationary on the tiles for several minutes.  I returned to the pool several times with the camera before I managed to get this photo but unfortunately from that angle I couldn’t get a good view of the eye arrangement.

POST UPDATE:  click to enlarge photo for clear image of eyes.

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Our attempts at identification were unconfirmed until we just happened to have a spider enthusiast visit us a couple of days ago.  Although unable to identify the species from the photo Greg was confident that the spider belonged to Dolomedes, a genus in the family Pisauridae, which is the nursery-web or water spider family.  The female nursery-web spider carries her egg sac Continue reading