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Six-spotted Fishing Spider

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A Six-spotted Fishing Spider spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual was fishing for the female Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly featured in my last spotting(1): the spider moved aggressively toward the skimmer but was a little too slow to catch the fast-moving dragonfly. I was unable to get a shot of the two arthropods in the same photo, but the photo EXIF info proves the dragonfly escaped with only seconds to spare! Related Resources: (1)


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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Geodialist 9 years ago

Almost all spiders are venomous. "The effect of a bite on humans is dependent on both the toxicity of the venom and the amount of venom. About 98% of the bites inflicted by species that are large enough that their bites are noticed will have no serious medical consequences."

LoveBigCats 9 years ago

Wow, is it venomous? It looks so scary!

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jul 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 15, 2012

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