On my back deck, in wooded area.
Ooh, I like the easy ones. 🙂 This is a cute female Nursery Web Spider, Pisaurina mira. With this species gender can be presumed by the shape of the abdomen and relative leg length. The females are rounder with proportionally shorter legs. These are in the Fishing Spider family, Pisauridae, but they mostly hunt in low foliage and leaf litter. I’ve mainly seen them eat grasshoppers and crickets. This species can make short jumps for hunting and escaping. If she sets up her Nursery Web on your deck it will look tent-like around and egg sack. It keeps the hatching… Read more »
Thank you, very kindly, for the help in identifying this awesome spider!
You are very welcome! I like this species. I had a female that lived in my house’s vinyl siding, I checked on her every day to see what she was having for dinner. It was always a huge meal. She dined on the parasitic wasps that were trying to prey on her. I was so proud of her!