Meet the common fishing spider. This female spider was found in the Oenslager Nature Center a couple of weeks ago. It is one of the largest spiders found in Ohio with a leg span of up to 4 inches. It is often identified as a wolf spider or tarantula (tarantulas are not found in Ohio). Despite its large size, this spider is not aggressive and will retreat if given that option, and it is not considered dangerous to humans or pets. It is in the Nursery Web Spider Family and gets its name because the female builds a nursery, made out of silk and folded leaves, for its emerging young. The female remains close to the nursery which may provide protection from predators.
🎥 Submitted by: Naturalist Mark