Pisaurina mira
(Nursery Web Spider)

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Picture of Pisaurina mira (Nursery Web Spider) - Dorsal

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Lighter than color than it appears to be in the photo. Found when I shook out a plastic drop cloth that had been sitting on my porch for a few weeks. Wooded, rural area. New neighbors (I've just purchased the home) have been telling me there are 'wood' spiders (I clarified
that they don't mean 'wolf spider') there that they say are huge, but that this type, they've never seen before.

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Hi, this looks like a a Nursery Web Spider, Pisaurina mira. I’ve heard people say “wood spider” before. In the case of one of my relatives I think it is a generic term for spiders that can be found on firewood when you bring it indoors. Nursery Web spiders are related to Fishing Spiders. Both cling to vertical surfaces to watch over their hunting area. Sometimes it is a tree or wood, but brick, metal, car tires, etcetera work for them too.

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