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I went in search of some dragonflies yesterday, but no luck. However, I did spot this raft spider skimming across the water.

Dolmedes is a genus of large spiders of the family Pisauridae. They are also known as fishing spiders, raft spiders, dock spiders or wharf spiders. Almost all Dolomedes species are semi-aquatic, Many species have a striking pale stripe down each side of the body. Dolomedes spiders are covered all over in short, velvety hairs which are unwettable (hydrophobic). This allows them to use surface tension to stand or run on the water, like pond skaters. They can also climb beneath the water, and then air becomes trapped in the body hairs and forms a thin film over the whole surface of the body and legs, giving them the appearance of fine polished silver.
They hunt by waiting at the edge of a pool or stream, then when they detect the ripples from prey, they run across the surface to subdue it using their foremost legs, which are tipped with small claws; like other spiders they then inject venom with their hollow jaws to kill and digest the prey. They mainly eat insects, but some larger species are able to catch small fish. They can also climb beneath the water, when they become encased in a silvery film of air.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:walking on water!
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:7 Mar 2013 - 6:05 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Sprider, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:98
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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 6:17 AM

excellent

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KarenFB
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7 Mar 2013 - 6:18 AM

Brilliantly caught!

A spider that doesn't need rescuing from your pool! Grin

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Andysnapper
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7 Mar 2013 - 6:43 AM

Great photography and an informative write up as well. Excellent work Carol on both counts.

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7 Mar 2013 - 6:47 AM

Magnificent Carol, a superb capture and very informative narrative!

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saeidNL
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7 Mar 2013 - 6:47 AM

Two excellent and wonderful capture indeed,very well done,
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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 6:47 AM

brilliant detail carol fantastic colours and tones v2 for me today a real cracker nice one Wink
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
7 Mar 2013 - 6:58 AM

Thanx for the biology lesson and two amazing photos Carol !! Now I know what they really look like Smile Excellent !

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barbarahirst
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7 Mar 2013 - 7:13 AM

Incredible images.
The feet indentations on the water really awesome....

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Caziwinkles
7 Mar 2013 - 7:19 AM

Superb shot Carol. Great write up too. Excellent stuff! Smile

Carol

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SUE118
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7 Mar 2013 - 7:21 AM

Glad I'm not a fish, it's beautifully marked.

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helenlinda
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7 Mar 2013 - 7:23 AM

A super write up and two excellent shots Carol SmileSmile
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7 Mar 2013 - 7:24 AM

Excellent Carol also thanks for the info Dave Smile

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Stace
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7 Mar 2013 - 7:37 AM

great work Carol, love the water tension

Stace

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janlea
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7 Mar 2013 - 7:40 AM

Two superb images Carol, wonderful detail and colour Smile
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7 Mar 2013 - 7:42 AM

Excellent captures Carol, 2 super macro's,
Fred.

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7 Mar 2013 - 7:43 AM

Great captures Carol.

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 - 7:56 AM

Superb captures and a nice description too
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7 Mar 2013 - 8:17 AM

Beautiful captures Carol and very informative writing !
George

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7 Mar 2013 - 8:26 AM

Two brilliant captures Carol, and a nice write up.
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NaturesHaven
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7 Mar 2013 - 8:31 AM

Here's me thinking I was the only one who could walk on water......................GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongue

Great capture, both versions are good but V1 just nicks it for me................GrinGrinGrin

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7 Mar 2013 - 8:47 AM

superb shots ilove how you can see the surface tention on the water made by the spiders legs !!

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gajewski
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7 Mar 2013 - 8:51 AM

A fascinating creature. Thanks for including your very informative write-up.
-=\Walter

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7 Mar 2013 - 9:17 AM

Excellent!

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M_squared
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7 Mar 2013 - 9:29 AM

I think these are the best Raft Spider images I have ever seen.
(They certainly are far, far better than any of mine taken at Combe Heath, Dorset SmileSmileSmile)

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RonnieAG
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7 Mar 2013 - 9:39 AM

My ignorance of the insect world is matched only by my personal distaste of your subject today, Carol, but I have to admire both your knowledge and photographic skills: wonderful detail of this water skimming spider.......don't recall ever seeing an image such as this before.
Very well done.
Ronnie.

Last Modified By RonnieAG at 7 Mar 2013 - 9:40 AM

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prabhusinha
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7 Mar 2013 - 10:15 AM

I have seen them walking on water, but never even thought of photographing them, so beautifully.

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rontear
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7 Mar 2013 - 10:21 AM

Excellent Carol, only ever seen one of these guys ! Nature's beauty.
Ron.

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Lillian
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7 Mar 2013 - 10:22 AM

Not my favourite subject Carol
but a good shot and V2 being the better for me
Lillian

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richmowil
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7 Mar 2013 - 10:41 AM

Good capture!! V1 just edges it for me - I like it a lot!!

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TonyDy
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7 Mar 2013 - 11:14 AM

Excellent close-ups, Carol.
Tony

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brian17302
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7 Mar 2013 - 12:26 PM

Wonderful macro images, well spotted & presented
Regards Brian

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WhiteRose1
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7 Mar 2013 - 12:39 PM

Excellent info and image, Carol.... but I thought Dolmedes was something to eat GrinGrinGrin

Dave

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7 Mar 2013 - 12:39 PM

Excelente..

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7 Mar 2013 - 12:57 PM


Quote: Great work Carol, love the water tension

Stace

My thoughts too Carol,
Geoff.

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7 Mar 2013 - 1:12 PM

Two excellent captured

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JohnChambersPhotography

The contact on the water is what I find amazing so well done in great detail.

John

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Joline
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7 Mar 2013 - 1:15 PM

The hydrodynamics of their activity is quite amazing, and often amusing.

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7 Mar 2013 - 1:24 PM

V2 for me Carol and thanks for the fascinating info.

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Daisymaye
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7 Mar 2013 - 2:09 PM

Both super shots Carol. I always wonder how they do that. Very well captured.......Sandy

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7 Mar 2013 - 2:51 PM

I wish I could do that! Just imagine how easy it would be crossing rivers and canals...especially the Grand canal in Venice! Two super shots, Carol, excellent work as always Wink
Trev Smile

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7 Mar 2013 - 3:19 PM

Super informative write-up about these spiders - always wondered how they walked on water so effortlessly. Nice shot Carol.

Anne

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7 Mar 2013 - 4:15 PM

Sharp and well detailed, one of the best spiders on EPZ I have seen yet

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7 Mar 2013 - 4:43 PM

A very spiky looking spider with the versatility of walking on water.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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7 Mar 2013 - 4:58 PM

Two extremely good image Carol.
Joan.

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7 Mar 2013 - 5:27 PM

Superb shots !!!!......great clarity !!

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Philip_H
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7 Mar 2013 - 6:23 PM

Lovely light and detail, Carol.

P.

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7 Mar 2013 - 6:36 PM

Evenin' Carol
An even pair for meSmile
A cool day, but has turned to rain, which is forecast for a day or two and becoming even cooler

Adrian

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7 Mar 2013 - 6:52 PM

A very interesting and informative pre-narrative supported to rather extraordinary images Carol.

Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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7 Mar 2013 - 8:38 PM

Very well capture and an interesting narrative! Thanks Carol! Lou

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8 Mar 2013 - 5:25 AM

SO great captured

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8 Mar 2013 - 8:28 AM

Should be used by science teachers as a wonderful example of surface tension. Great image Carol. paul

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8 Mar 2013 - 11:55 AM

Two crackers Carol.

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Ridgeway
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8 Mar 2013 - 12:07 PM

Loving number 2 Carol reminded me of a nervous swimmer working up the courage to let go of the bank.Very nice.

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8 Mar 2013 - 12:09 PM

An amazing macro shot images ,Carol........Grin

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8 Mar 2013 - 5:27 PM

Superlative Macro's! ~

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8 Mar 2013 - 7:10 PM

A superb capture Carol with excellent detail in both shots.
I am amazed you did'nt fall in getting this close.
Kevin

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