It's hard to imagine that they could, but I haven't done the research, so maybe certain kinds of spiders in some countries do get that big. It was the legs I had seen in the near dark that to me resembled twine. Adityapullagurla, thank you for stopping by! I think what we used to call “field spiders” when I was growing up may be the same thing. Her body was almost 2cm long and her reach, a solid 5 cm. Will respond to your mail in a day or so. It's one of the dozen states in the U.S. They are more pronounced on some than others. Spiders are generally good and take out some of the critters that we like even less, but the bigger they get the scarier they get it seems. As this huge hairy spider moved across the floor. There's a lot of difference between the sizes of dog breeds. They are also called wharf spiders or fishing spiders. I was not a happy camper. People hunting for them can find them in grassy or woodsy undeveloped areas by shining a flashlight towards them. The huge wolf spider was clearly helping to rid us of cockroaches, but it was really a little too big for my liking. If you are going to start anywhere on a dock, start on the windy side. Egg sacs are placed in folded leaves of various summer plants such as raspberry, milkweed or goldenrods. I'm not surprised to hear about monster spiders in the South because spiders love heat, usually dry heat, but some don't mind humidity either. Writer Fox, thank you for stopping by and for the votes and the pin. They can … Wolf spiders easily blend into their favorite habitat as a rule and so they are not readily noticeable. 7 customer reviews: Ask a Question. They do spin silk to make a door to their burrow that is usually in the ground. All rights reserved. At least they aren't poisonous. . Proper name The scientific name for a dock spider is Dolomedes and it belongs to the Pisauridae family of spiders. You know, the hollowed out bodies of cockroaches. No way would you crush it by stomping on it. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 02, 2016: Moonlake, thank you for stopping by! Their rear legs cling to vegetation along pond and stream edges, while their front legs rest on the water’s surface, awaiting the tell-tale vibrations that signal a meal – or a mate – is nearby. Another example of a dock or fishing spider. Now I wear socks most of the time, but back then I went barefoot. Yes, wolf spiders are plentiful in Texas. Fishing spiders, also called dock or wharf spiders, like to live in waterfront properties near lakes, ponds, marshes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, and woods. Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on January 05, 2015: What an interesting article this is about giant spiders. Can't wait 'til winter. Glad July is already half over and I'm look forward to Dec. 1, when it should cool off for a few weeks. I would freak if one of these spiders got on me. For your benefit I double checked the Huntsman spider just now and it is primarily found in Australia. The eyes reflect light, not the same as glowing. Those pictures you've used with the spiders crawling on people are really creepy. I suspect if the spider had been standing and alert, its legs fully extended, it would have been bigger in diameter than a charger plate; the sort of plates used as a base under a dinner plate at a very formal event. Stay away from docks and you may never see those either. 7 Reviews . No, the bigger ones are not my idea of a cuddly pet even though, as you say, they are hairy. So I think that even a large tarantula would still be able to climb but I am not certain I don't know a lot about spiders. Voted up. When I understood what he was saying to me I figured it was just one of those three inch wolf spiders. In any case, thanks to Moonlake (be sure to read her article too), I decided to research dock spiders and share the information I found. Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on January 14, 2014: Wow, these are huge spiders. The most common we have are huntsmen which are much like wolf spiders but seem to grow bigger and are less aggressive, daddy long legs and black house spiders. When I was looking for some good videos I had a hard time watching some of them. Clinton & Charles Robertson, CC-BY, via Wikimedia. Matt Jordan from Gulf Coast on February 10, 2014: There is a spider in Virginia. It was 2 steel toed work boots, not just one. I know they have their purpose, but I hate spiders. One night in mid July a large dock spider (fishing spider) decided to lay her large egg sac amongst the coils of the rope I use to secure the back of my aluminum boat to the dock. The Dock spider is commonly found in cottage country throughout Canada and the United States. My husband and I had lived in Texas for only a short time when wolf spiders of almost every size started appearing several times a week everywhere in our apartment home. This spider lives in a marsh like some 'dock' spiders do. They were less inclined to run for their lives with my new attitude and so they remained more convenient to eliminate. Wolf spiders are hunters and generally nocturnal and can be discovered at night because light reflects off their retinas just as it does with deer and cats. I don't mind spider outdoors but don't care to share my home with them. Put on a headlamp and walk around at night looking at the grass and when you see what looks like diamonds and walk up to it you'll find that it's usually either a spider or a moth. It's a very interesting video and I think a lot of people would enjoy it. So that he would stop talking to me right then I told him to just kill it. It has been my experience that spiders living in the ‘wild’ get much larger than more domestic spiders. If I had seen it when I was all alone I would probably still be in treatment. There have been 485 confirmed sightings of Dolomedes (Fishing Spiders), with the most recent sighting submitted on July 16, 2020 by Spider … They molt (shed skin), brood their young, and hibernate in silken nests. I took some photos of wolf spiders on my front porch with their round ball-shaped burrow. Hope you are staying cool up there in Texas. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 16, 2014: Shyron, thank you for reading and commenting on this article and for making it plain how easy it is to identify wolf spiders. I don't mind the nice ones since getting to know them better. I agree, spiders have their good purpose (most of them anyway), but I prefer they keep their distance. I guess this spider got freakishly big because it had a cushy life. The small wolf spiders aren't so bad, but the big one like I had in my apartment was, and would be, another matter. A few have hitched rides to various parts of the world by ship and the odd one can be found along coasts around the world where ships dock, but they are not common outside of Australia. It is insects on our docks or cabins that bring them to these places. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 14, 2014: WriterJanis, thank you for stopping by. I did not usually drop package materials onto the floor and forget about them, and so I thought it odd the twine was just lying there in a loose coil. Apparently it was resting with its legs all scrunched up close to its body as spiders do when they are resting and do not want to be bothered and are not much interested in things going on around them. It appeared to be a short piece of twine loosely curled up as though it had been dropped there after being removed from a package. Thank you WiccanSage for reading and commenting on this article. If they are inclined to wait for prey to step near the door to their borrow or where they are hiding they will often spread their silk on the ground (or the floor if they’re inside) in order to catch insects that wonder onto it unawares and then they get stuck. The sound started out excellent but then got impossible to hear. Dock or Fishing Spider - Dolomedes. I was born and grew up in WI and never saw a spider bigger than a 50-cent piece, legs spread and all, however Moonlake and my research point out that warf spiders live there and if you live near a body of water, you may meet one of those eventually. If at first you don't succeed, try and try harder. I wondered where they were coming from. The Dock spider is commonly found in cottage country throughout Canada and the United States. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 10, 2015: Safitri, thank you for your inquiry. fishing or dock spider Dolomedes sp. I think we all need to have a healthy respect for the spiders that surround us ... almost invisible, but still dangerous. The Phantom Spider looks as good as it fishes. Don’t have much time on Hubpages lately to hectic around here right now and it’s going to get worse in a few weeks. I never did any cooking in that apartment, so I'm not sure why there were any cockroaches other than the fact that apartments in Texas used to all be infested with them. Some will wait for passing prey in or near the mouth of a burrow.”. Well done...so thorough and thanks to Moonlake for giving you the idea for this, Au Fait. “It’s pretty big,” he said. Sightings Overview. I hope to never see another huge spider like the one in my apartment when I first moved to Texas either. The most popular spider control product for use around water is Essentria IC3. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 18, 2014: O yes...you almost had an encounter you would never forget!!! Well done post and I enjoyed not only the story line, but all the wonderful pictures and facts concerning our amazing spider "friends" we share this planet with! Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 15, 2014: William15, thank you for stopping by. The biggest spider you may run into in OH is the fishing spider or dock spider. Hope you are enjoying all this Christmas season has to offer! Almost all Dock Spiders are semi-aquatic with the exception of one odd ball spider that can be found in Southwestern USA that prefers to live in trees. I used to dislike spiders but because there are so many where we live now I have learnt to live with most of them. Fishing spider facts cute home pets facts about dock spiders cote 10 amazing facts about dock spiders dock spiders winnipesaukee forum introduction to fishing spiders the A storm had blown through during the evening and in the morning I went down to the dock to check the boats. The eyes of dock spiders (also 8 of them) are arranged differently and I have provided photos of both so my readers can compare them. These wonderful “little” critters are also known as Fishing Spiders, Raft Spiders and Wharf Spiders. Is that true? I learned a lot about spiders then. There are far fewer big spiders up North. Don't forget us here at HP. I do remember seeing diving spiders when I was young. Yes, if I had never lived in Texas I would probably have described them as huge. I had a quick qesituon that I'd like to ask if you do not mind. William from America on January 13, 2014: Never thought about spiders so much until i read you Hub, Really good one. They keep the other bugs down and the bigger individuals will actually kill mice (mainly the babies) and other somewhat larger unwanted creatures. They rarely attack unless they are a female guarding young. To tadpoles to minnows—making them one of these large spiders actually live in Wisconsin fishing spiders. ) empty. 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