Ellen Woods | Fishing Spider



Name: Ellen Woods
Picture title: Fishing Spider
Category: Animals
Occupation: Biology PhD Student

Ellen says:
‘I was walking around in waist-high water in Bigelow Hollow State Park, Connecticut, USA where there were these exposed hummocks of sphagnum moss harbouring sundews (a carnivorous plant) and their arthropod prey. While I had initially set out to photograph the sundews, my attention quickly shifted upon encountering this behemoth of a fishing spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus). It was the biggest spider I had (and have) ever seen in the Northeastern United States and could have covered my entire palm. I’m not afraid of spiders, but being caught off-guard, I almost dropped my camera in the water!

Fishing spiders typically live near water and can walk on the water's surface to hunt for insects and small fish, hence their name. This particular spider is eating a dragonfly, which also provides a sense of scale.’

Technical information:
Nikon D300
Sigma 15mm f/2.8 diagonal fisheye
ISO 400
1/200  sec
Accessories: DIY diffuser
Post processing: Adobe Camera Raw & Adobe Photoshop

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