Nursery Web Spider

The Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) is an arachnid. 

The Nursery Web Spider is light-brown or dark-brown with a slender, hairy body and eight long legs. 

It grows to 3 centimetres (one inch) long. The male has longer legs than the female. 

The Nursery Web Spider is native to Europe, America, Canada, and Cuba. It can live in a range of habitats, except extreme cold and extreme dry heat. It usually lives in meadows with tall grass. 

Nursery Web Spider

It does not make a web to catch its prey. 

It can walk on the surface of still water and can dive under the water to escape its predators. It can also jump to avoid predators. 

The female has a large egg sac, which she carries in her pedipalps (fangs). The egg sac is a tiny white ball. Inside the egg sac are about 100 eggs. She makes a nursery tent and places her egg sac inside the tent. 

Nursery Web Spider
Nursery Web Spider
Nursery Web Spider
Nursery Web Spider

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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