Six Spotted Fishing Spider
(Dolomedes triton)

Six Spotted Fishing Spider
Photo by permission of Signa Williams

Seasons in Walnut Creek: Year-round resident

Dolomedes triton is semi aquatic, and is found in slow flowing streams or ponds around boats, docks, and general bodies of water. While it is native to North Carolina, it is unknown when it was first spotted here. It is diurnal, or, hunts during the day. These spiders pose no threat to humans, although they do carry venom which they inject into their prey.

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Walnut Creek Sighting: Multiple sightings in flood plain west of State Street bridge.

Six Spotted Fishing Spider
Photo by permission of Jane Wyche
Six Spotted Fishing Spider
Photo by permission of Jane Wyche


This page prepared by 8th grader Alyssa S.
Exploris Middle School - Fall 2008