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Arachnids

Last Updated: 5/20/16

An orb weaver spider resting on its web between my tall marginal pond plants on 9/29/01.

Mites
Spiders
Spider Photos
Ticks

Under construction!

This page will eventually have information on spiders, mites, and ticks.

There are a number of aquatic mites that live in the water and spiders that live near ponds. Spiders and mites are arachnids, which means they have 8 legs. Insects have 6 legs.


Mites

Water mites range from 0.1 to 0.2 inches long. They eat small worms, insects, and crustaceans. Some mites are parasites. Some swim and some crawl but all must come up to breathe.

I also have a section on grain mites on my mealworm page.


Spiders

The fisher spider (Dolomedes triton (the Roman god of the sea)) dives into ponds. It catches insects and even small fish and tadpoles. The fisher spider grows 0.4 to 0.7 inches long. Some photos are below.
The stilt spider (Tetragnatha elongata) grows 0.3 to 0.4 inches long. It creates a snare to catch flying insects.


Spider Photos

Photos are listed from newest to oldest.

On 9/25/15, I found this huge spider in my laundry room! It may be a wolf spider.
Spider
Spider

Ah! Look at this huge garden-type terrestrial spider that I found on the table in the laundry room on the morning of 9/24/13!
Huge spider
Huge spider

I took this photo on 5/15/10 of a terrestrial spider that spent at least three hours trying to inject venom in to an Asian stink bug. The stink bug seemed unaffected. They were both about 3/4 of an inch long. It is like Clash of the Titans!
Spider trying to eat an Asian stink bug

On 5/21/10, Betsy sent this photo of a fishing spider in her pond.
Fishing spider - Dolomedes triton

Ok, so these two photos are not "real" but still spidery!
153 gallon pond on 10/18/09 covered in my new white net. It looks like a spider's web so my mother had to add a big fake black widow spider to the net!
153 gallon pond on 10/18/09, closer in.

Fishing spider - these big spiders hang out in my pond, taken 7/12/09. I believe it is Dolomedes triton.

Candy sent this photo of a water snake in her pond on 5/30/07. There is also a neat spider in the photo. I was told that it is a fishing spider, the six spotted Dolomedes triton. Here is a web site on them. The ones on that page seem a lot darker than this one below.
Water snake and fishing spider

Here is a photo of a spider living among the marginals of my pond on 9/29/01.


Ticks


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