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Nursery web spider in evening sun The give-away for identification is the yellow stripe on top of their head. This probably is a female judged by size. Heesch,Macro,Nursery web spider,Pisaura mirabilis Click/tap to enlarge

Nursery web spider in evening sun

The give-away for identification is the yellow stripe on top of their head. This probably is a female judged by size.

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The nursery web spider ''Pisaura mirabilis'' is a spider species of the family Pisauridae.

Males of this species offer food gifts to potential female mates. Some ''Pisaura mirabilis'' have also been observed to feign death, remaining still while holding the food gift in their mouths. When the female approaches and tries to take the food away, the male springs back to life and attempts to mate. The strategy of playing dead more than doubles a male's odds of successfully achieving copulation,.. more

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Jun 22, 2013. Captured Jun 20, 2013 21:31.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/5.6
  • 1/125s
  • ISO320
  • 105mm