Six-Spotted Fishing Spider, dolomedes triton
Thank you to my friend Rike, who identified this spider for me from one of her numerous BIG BOOKS, and sent me the following:
“Our big book tells us it is a Six-spotted Fishing Spider (Dolomedes triton). 9-20 mm, it is a common and distinctively marked fishing spider. Fishing spiders use the whole water surface as a web, picking up on the vibrations made by insects on the surface just as many other spiders detect insects struggling in their webs.
Fishing spiders carry their huge egg sacs up front, under the head and cephalothorax, unlike similar wolf spiders (Lycosidae), which carry their egg sacs behind the body.
Fishing spider females can have a leg span of over 80 mm.”
Found and photographed at Kakakise Lake, Killarney Provincial Park.
PS. had MUCH more to say on the nature of beauty, etc.. but somehow managed to accidentally delete the post; all attempts to reconstruct such musings ended on a cul de sac of frustration, so perhaps in the comments section, you can lead the discussion on beauty, and answer the spiders question of Am I Beautiful?