Pisaurina mira

Description

Closely related to the Wolf Spider, the Nursery Web Spider is a type of fisher spider that is not necessarily found near water.

The body is light yellowish brown with a wide dark brown stripe down the middle of both the cephalothorax and abdomen. There is a narrow white stripe on either side of the brown stripe.

Habitat

You will find Nursery Web Spiders north from Canada, south to Florida,and as far west as Kansas.

They are abundant in moist areas, bushes, woods, grasses, fields, and meadows. You may even find them in houses!

Food

A hunting spider, the Nursery Web Spider will prey on small crawling insects such as beetles and crickets. However, it does not build a web to catch its prey.

Defense

Considered to be a type of fisher spider, the Nursery Web Spider can run over the surface of the water and even dive and stay under water for a time.

The female spider carries her large egg sac under her body, holding it with her jaws, legs, and spinnerets.

Because the egg sac is so large, the spider must walk on her tiptoes in order to move about and keep the egg sac off the ground.