The Banded Fishing Spider is like many of its kind: large, brown, hairy, and fast. This type of spider is not known to be aggressive toward people and often flees when spotted, but the large size of females (including her legs) puts some people on edge. Males are smaller and have large pedipalps by the face along with a white border around the cephalothorax and abdomen. This white rim around the abdomen begins to stretch upward closer to the rear end. A prominent dark patch in the center of its cephalothorax helps distinguish this species from its relatives.
Fishing Spiders eat aquatic insects and they are almost always found near water habitats. Larger spiders have even eaten small fish by going into the water and catching them. A Fishing Spider can be found floating on the water's surface with all of its legs stretched out in every direction. In addition to being spotted along river, stream, and creek banks, this spider also takes shelter under covered boats and in boathouses. The size and speed of this spider may be alarming, and many a boater and angler has been surprised by one lurking in a corner.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Prince Edward Is.
Legs: Spiders have four pairs of legs and these are attached to the cephalothorax.
Pedipalps: Small appendages near the mouth used as taste and smell organs.
Cephalothorax: Contains eyes, head, mouthparts, and legs.
Abdomen: Contains various organs related to digestion, reproduction, and web-making.
Spinnerets: Used in the production of spider silk for fashioning webs or catching prey.
NOTE: Unlike insects, spiders have both an endoskeleton (internal) and exoskeleton (external).