Fishing spider Friday

I spotted a large fishing spider during a photowalk with Michael Powell along a mid-size stream in Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

15 JUL 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | fishing spider

Mike and I were searching for an uncommon species of dragonfly, but hey, we’re equal opportunity wildlife photographers who know a good subject when we see one. Please look at the full-size version of the photograph in order to appreciate its subtle color palette.

Seeing Double

Look closely at the preceding photo. Call me crazy, but I see a mean monkey face on the front half of the spider and another type of primate face on the back half. Are you with me?

Post Update

Sincere thanks to John Smith, member of the “BugGuide” Facebook group, for identifying this individual as Dolomedes scriptus, one of many species of fishing spiders.

For those of you who are struggling to see the second primate, here’s a graphic that could be helpful.

Graphic courtesy Smithsonian Channel.

Copyright © 2020 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.


2 Responses to “Fishing spider Friday”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    If I squint a little and let my imagination run wild, I can see the baboon face on the back and an entire monkey on the front with arms, a headdress, and a grass skirt.

  2. Fishing Spider | Mike Powell Says:

    […] would like to see Walter’s take on our encounter with this spider, check out his post ‘Fishing spider Friday.’ Walter noted that he sees “a mean monkey face on the front half of the spider and a […]

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