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    Nursery Web Spider - (Pisaurina mira)

    The Nursery Web Spider is a dedicated parental caretaker until the spiderlings hatch.

    Staff Writer (9/29/2014): The Nursery Web Spider derives its name from the good care it takes of its egg sacs. Females carry the sac with their fangs and build a web for it in high weeds or low shrubs, suspending it inside of a leaf. The female then guards the leafy nursery and her eggs until they hatch.

    This spider does not spin a web to catch prey. It is an ambush predator and uses its silk for other purposes. Males look slightly different than females. Both genders eat insects and other invertebrates that they are able to catch and subdue.

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    Details of the:
    Nursery Web Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Nursery Web Spider
    Scientific Name: Pisaurina mira

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Pisauridae
           Genus: Pisaurina
            Species: mira

    Size (Adult, Length): 7mm to 26mm (0.28in to 1.02in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, gray, white, black

    Additional Descriptors: biting, venomous, hairy, spiky

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.