Nursery Web Spider

help identify?
Hi there, I spent a lot of time on your site but can not find another spider that resembles the one I have outside. It is quite large, 2 inches end to end, and not afraid of being moved around. He was on the screen tent in the yard, climbing all over it. I live in south-central Ontario. Any help is appreciated, since he is hanging out so close to the house, I want to know if it is a safe neigbour seeing as it is so BIG! Thanks!

Hi Sara,
What a marvelous specimen of a female Nursery Web Spider, Pisaurina mira. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to witness her spin her nursery web and guard her eggs. She is harmless and you have nothing to fear.

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