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Aquatic Spider????!?!?!?!?!?! GRAPHIC

Caught this little guy in my pond today. I noticed him last week hiding out between the peddles of one of the fake lilies, noticed him a few days ago hanging out on the bricks used to hold the pump (totally submerged) and took him out today...



Here he is.... he was alive when I caught him but he died















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There are several species of spiders of the genus Dolomedes, that are semi-aquatic. They go by a lot of common names, but are often called fishing spiders. They breathe air, but they can dive underneath the water, dragging a bubble of air with them. They have little hairs all over their bodies that are water repellent. They typically feed on various insects and larvae that live near the surface of the water, like mayflies and mosquitoes, so they're generally good to have around, but they can also feed on small fish, sometimes. Like most spiders, they will eat almost anything they can overpower.

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Was it swimming in the water? Ive seen similar spideys that perished in water. That looks like the scary mother of a spider which was on Acacia's kitchen mat while Matt and I were cooking. :/ I freaked OUT!!! Now it lives in my kitchen under the microwave stand forever in my mind until I get visual proof it moved on.... Eww.
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I am terrified of spiders!!!! But I've seen that kind around my house-at least they look similar to that one-but I don't have any water around to know if they swim or not!!

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Was it swimming in the water? Ive seen similar spideys that perished in water. That looks like the scary mother of a spider which was on Acacia's kitchen mat while Matt and I were cooking. :/ I freaked OUT!!! Now it lives in my kitchen under the microwave stand forever in my mind until I get visual proof it moved on.... Eww.

No it was completely underwater hanging out on the brick.





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Eww! A spider with gills!! Or it holds its breath with a pocket or tiny bubble... To imagine this could be hanging out watching me swim..... O.o
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I adore spiders,but they look so creepy when dead and all curled up.
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