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Without a doubt this capture will freak some of you out, and others will love it. Spiders and creepy crawlies are like Roses to some and thorns to others.
Having spent most of the week end in the garden planting veggies I came across this beauty with her egg sac. She clung on to it even when I moved her to another section of the garden where I was not digging. If you view this larger you can see that she has tiny hairs above her eyes that look like eyebrows. I think this is a Raft spider but can not be 100% sure.
Raft spiders use the water’s surface in the way that other spiders use webs. Ripples made by insects on the water’s surface are detected through the raft spider’s front legs. The short, velvety, water-repelling hairs covering the body and legs then allow these large spiders to do the seemingly impossible – walk on water. They skate quickly across the surface and subdue their prey. Of the 100 or so species of raft spider, all but a very few are semi-aquatic, living in and around areas of permanent water such as marshes and ponds.