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Six-spotted Fishing Spider (Eating a Tadpole)

Dolomedes triton


Series: In a pond full of tadpoles, I found this guy sitting on a floating leaf having lunch.


Semi-Marsh Pond


According to Wikipedia,, "This species is diurnal which hunts during the day as it waits patiently for hours until depending on whether it is stimulated by prey. They are often seen with their legs sprawled out by the water while they are waiting for prey. These spiders eat other invertebrates, tadpoles and occasionally small fish. They hunt by the water’s surface in which they can walk on water and dive under up to 18 cm (7.1 in) to capture prey. Their good vision contributes to their success when diving to capture prey."

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Ashton Wakefield
Ashton Wakefield 6 years ago

That is like the coolest spider I've seen sense in 1996 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago

Congrats Joseph!!

Joseph R. Godreau
Joseph R. Godreau 6 years ago

Thank you Lisa.

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 6 years ago


LisaPowers 6 years ago

Congratulations Joseph R. Godreau, your fascinating spotting of predator with prey is our featured Spot of the Day!

BethDuda 6 years ago

Wow amazing picture !!!!!Great picture.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

You're welcome :-)

Joseph R. Godreau
Joseph R. Godreau 6 years ago

You're right, I did. Thanks for catching that.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Great series Joseph! I think you may have added two missions by mistake (Interactions between different species of Arthropods and Identifying Animals Through Osteology).

Joseph R. Godreau
Spotted by
Joseph R. Godreau

Michigan, USA

Spotted on May 30, 2016
Submitted on Jun 5, 2016

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