Pisaura mirabilis
(European Nursery Web Spider)

Picture ID 58068

Picture of Pisaura mirabilis (European Nursery Web Spider) - Male - Dorsal

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I have never seen a Spider with legs like Grasshoppers. Is this just some sort of defensive position. I also cannot ID the Spider from my books

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TangledWeb

Hi, I don’t know the species yet. It is helpful that you have the eye arrangement visible and well-focused. This is a species with six eyes. It appears to be male from the large palps. You can search poses and postures of spiders online. There are characteristic defensive poses that certain spiders do. Resting postures too. The way the legs are pulled up toward the spider’s back is the defensive posture for some species. This one does look like it is resting, the web appears to have been made to serve as a bed. You’ll hear more from us as… Read more ยป

ItsyBitsy

There’s 8 eyes there.

TangledWeb

I found the missing pair ๐Ÿ™‚ It was the ones in the bottom row that angle to the sides in a way I haven’t noticed before.

ItsyBitsy

I agree with the ID, also it’s a male. Filed. ๐Ÿ™‚

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