Spider exoskeleton

A spider exoskeleton (after molting) was spotted during a photowalk along the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park. The exoskeleton is probably from a species of fishing spider, possibly a Six-spotted Fishing Spider (Dolomedes triton). The smaller insects are water striders, possibly in the Family Veliidae.

Spider exoskeleton (after molting)

26 September 2014

The following fishing spider was spotted for several days in the same location as the exoskeleton. It’s possible, perhaps probable, the exoskeleton formerly belonged to this individual.

Fishing spider

15 September 2014

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Ashley Bradford, amateur naturalist/photographer extraordinaire, for identifying the spider exoskeleton and water striders.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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5 Responses to “Spider exoskeleton”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    What a cool find and super shots. I’ve seen a few of the fishing spiders before, but I’ve never even considered the possibility that they shed their exoskeletons. There is so much about the anatomy of spiders and insects about which I am clueless.

  2. Christy Says:

    What a great thing to find Walter! I have spent time watching fishing spiders. I haven’t seen any spiders catch anything yet, but I’m hoping. Your photos are excellent. And creepy.

  3. waltersanford Says:

    Thanks, Christy! I saw a fishing spider try to catch a female dragonfly (laying eggs) but the dragonfly was too quick for the spider. For more info about the encounter, refer the following spotting in my Project Noah collection: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/12504066

  4. Seeing the bigger picture | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] of the photo! The spider is probably the same individual featured in a recent post (see “Spider exoskeleton“). If I had seen the spider, then I would have composed the photograph without […]

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