Unusual behavior: During my nightly walk around our back yard, I shined my flashlight on the pool and observed a large spider moving across the surface, away from the light. I’ve seen many Nursery Web Spiders doing this; they’re quite adept at traveling, and hunting, on the water. I initially thought this was just another one, but it appeared thicker in body, and didn’t seem to move with the same grace. I thought perhaps it was getting ready to molt, or was perhaps pregnant. As I followed it around the pool, it continued to evade the light, and eventually climbed onto some granite where I was able to get a better look at it. It was a Wolf Spider! I’ve never seen one in the water before. I got the camera, stripped down, and climbed into pool. I took a few shots of it on the rock, then coaxed it into the water. Unfortunately, it "swam" away too quickly to allow any pictures, then climbed onto the rocks again. I tried a few times to get shots of it in the water, without any luck (it was completely dark, and it was difficult holding the camera in one hand and the flashlight in the other, and trying to keep them both out of the water). A couple of times it actually crawled down the granite and went below the water line, completely submerging itself. Very interesting.
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