This species is from the genus Dolomedes, the fishing spiders. I'm sure it was an anomaly, but I have to say that even after it was disposed of, something continued to eat the cockroaches in the dining room. I'm sorry to take so long to respond, but I only found your question in my spam folder this morning -- along with the comments of many other people. If the female is separated from the egg sac, she will search furiously for it. Suddenly she saw a movement on the floor and there was a scorpion. The wolf spiders in their various sizes continued to appear with regularity for almost a year before I met their mama. Dock spider (fishing spider) facts. It was a flashback when we lived in the Mojave desert and the scorpians ...now that we live in S. Wisconsin and as I get older, I'm more kind and throw the critters out. I'm not ignoring you! It's not easy because people don't want to be bothered with reading nowadays. That worried me a little . My sister jumped up and almost tipped over the entire canoe. Don't forget us here at HP. I only use it with his permission and I have no way to edit it. Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 10, 2014: Au fait, I just came back to pin this. Up votes. I remember I was at the front of the canoe and suddenly these giant spiders came crawling up around from my feet. This reflecting is not something special about the wolf spider, many spiders eyes reflect light, as do moths eyes. Another example of a dock or fishing spider. One could keep their own apartment religiously clean, but we can't control the neighbors on the other side of the wall or floor/ceiling. Dock spiders, are more commonly called fishing spiders, maybe because they can dive under the water and ‘fish’ for their food. One of these days it won't be just cursive schools aren't teaching anymore, it will be reading. Voted up. Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on January 15, 2014: This is an amazing article. I do hope everything will come out the very best possible for you and that your spirits will be raised enough to come back and go to it again. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 19, 2014: Thank you moonlake, for taking time to read and comment on this article, especially during this difficult time for you when time and energy must be at a premium. Yao Ming is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 14, 2014: WriterJanis, thank you for stopping by. Those pictures you've used with the spiders crawling on people are really creepy. That's pretty much their average size. Some people confuse dock spiders with wolf spiders but they are not the same and with careful inspection the difference in their appearance can be discerned. CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on January 14, 2014: What an amazing spider it must have been! It makes us more aware of spiders and their characters. Appreciate the votes and share too. Qty: Add to Wishlist. Find high-quality stock photos that you won't find anywhere else. Shared on Facebook. Except for the giant size, our field spiders looked exactly like the photos of dock spiders I found in the course of my research. This spider would have been bigger than a dinner plate if it had been standing with its legs all extended. While I like normal sized wolf spiders because they are useful, I still would not want one crawling on me, but some people love spiders and some people just like to shock other people. For your benefit I double checked the Huntsman spider just now and it is primarily found in Australia. I got over my fear of spiders after vacationing in Maine one summer when I was a kid. Good to see you again. “I threw both of my work boots at it and hit it, but it’s only stunned.” My husband was a contractor and wore steel-toed boots, and they were heavy. I do hope you have been able to sleep well despite the photos here and my recollection of the huge spider that lived with me for several weeks or months. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2015 will bring good fortune, good health, peace, and happiness! I agree, spiders have their good purpose (most of them anyway), but I prefer they keep their distance. We have had some cute Daddy Long Legs in our garage...but NOTHING this size, thank heavens! They are plentiful here in North Texas. Thank you Au Fait happy St. Patrick's Day. Not all spiders make webs. Fishing spiders, such as the brownish-gray fishing spider, Dolomedes tenebrosus, are often found near or in water, but they also hunt in forests and, apparently, near my tools. Will respond to your mail in a day or so. There are aberrations among all species, not only humans. 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. I hope your dream was a good one and not a nightmare. The large fishing spiders, including Dolomedes tenebrosus and Dolomedes scriptus are also sometimes called dock spiders or wharf spiders. ;) Especially the ones so big that they block my escape door! Indeed, I have never before seen so many spiders of all kinds in my life, as here in Texas. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 07, 2015: DeborahDian, thank you for checking this article out! Spiders seemed most prevalent when I lived in West Texas, which is very dry and on the edge of desert conditions. These wonderful “little” critters are also known as Fishing Spiders, Raft Spiders and Wharf Spiders. Some spiders, like the fishing spiders (dock spiders) I am going to tell you about do live near the water and even dive into it chasing prey. I like spiders but I can just see that big thing crawling down inside his shirt. Nursery Web Spiders, Raft Spiders, Dock Spiders. I thought that spiders only drank the blood of their prey. Wolf spiders easily blend into their favorite habitat as a rule and so they are not readily noticeable. No, until that day it was in the hallway I never saw it before. It still creeps me out after all the years that have passed since this happened. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 08, 2016: Bob McAndrews, The Spider Hunter, thank you for your comments. I think you have a great idea for a channel on YouTube and I hope people will check it out. You are an incredible writer Au fait. They also come on land to lay eggs. It belongs to the Pisauridae family of spiders. Appreciate your tutorial on the Huntsman spider Bobby. We were on the edge of undeveloped land, and that may be where the spider came from and why it was so huge. I used to dislike spiders but because there are so many where we live now I have learnt to live with most of them. The Phantom Spider looks as good as it fishes. It can be difficult for some people to read because spiders are scary creatures no matter how nice some of them may be. Some are opportunistic hunters pouncing upon prey as they find it or even chasing it over short distances. Any recommendations or tips? C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 19, 2014: Silva Hayes, thank you for taking time to share your daughter's experiences with big spiders/scorpions. Very much appreciate the votes and share too. It not only bit me but black and blued my finger. They were the biggest of the spiders in my environment growing up on a small farm way out in the sticks in central Wisconsin. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 21, 2014: Deborah-Diane, thank you for reading this article and sharing your thoughts on it as well as sharing it. But they are not poisonous and eat a lot of nastier bugs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_spider. C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 21, 2014: Nice to meet you too, Jodah! It looks like its made out of tissue paper. It was 2 steel toed work boots, not just one. If at first you don't succeed, try and try harder. I have had trouble clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on January 05, 2015: What an interesting article this is about giant spiders. A chihuahua? The Phantom Spider features a self-righting ballast in its sternum to ensure a consistent natural action that aligns with the realism of the design. So I think wolf spiders and spiders generally like a warmer climate. Until someone inevitably corrects me in the comments, I’m going with “she” because the females are larger than the males, and this girl was big. Stay away from docks and you may never see those either. 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