SPIDERS AND MITES

Water Spider (Dolomedes)

araignée dolomède
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Description:


The Dolomedes also know as water-spider, a spider is impressive by its size, which can reach 28 mm. Females are generally slightly larger than males. Dolomedes colour varies from gray-brown to greenish-brown. Marks, lines and dots that decorate their abdomens allow them to be clearly distinguished.

Food:

The Dolomedes feeds on insects that it catches on or in water, soil and vegetation­.

Habits:

The Dolomedes live near the lakes and rivers, in the pile of stone or on docks. Being nomadic, sometimes they are even found in the woods, in our homes and garden sheds.

Reproduction:


Female Dolomedes produces a spherical bag of about 14 mm in diameter that carries below it with her chelicerae and pedipalps. This bag can hold up to 1,000 eggs.