ID this for me please, so I can impress my girlfriend!!
May 19, 2010
This lil gem was found on a very large cinnamon fern in Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, TN. He’s approx. 1″ long in the body, not including the legs. Maybe it’s a she? seems quite feminine, but what do I know. May 17. 2010. It would be a serious coup if I could get an identification before my girl does, so please help!!
Fall Creek Falls State Park, TN.
We think it is just awesome that you want to identify a spider to impress your girlfriend. This is a Nursery Web Spider, Pisaurina mira. The family Pisauridae also contains the Fishing Spiders. Female Nursery Web Spiders carry their egg sacs in their chelicerae or fangs until they find a suitable location to construct the Nursery Web. They then guard their young until the spiderlings begin to disperse. Your individual is a female. BugGuide has some great photos that document this behavior.