Subject: Truly awful spider
Location: Eastern PA
May 20, 2013 5:47 pm
This was spotted on a warm morning in May in Pennsylvania, in a flat space between a gate and the post it goes up against. It was identified (I think incorrectly) at brown recluse spider. Any idea what this guy is?
You should be ashamed of yourself calling this Nursery Web Spider “Truly awful.” Nursery Web Spiders, which include Fishing Spiders, are along with Wolf Spiders among the best mothers in the arachnid world. The female Nursery Web Spider carries her eggs in her chelicerae or jaws and eventually finds a safe place when the eggs are getting ready to hatch. The safe place is often in a low tree or shrub and she spins a nursery web which she continues to guard. We believe your Nursery Web Spider is Pisaurina mira.
P.S. Here is a link to the Brown Recluse.