Unidentified

Picture ID 94950

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

I assume a fishing spider due to the way it's holding it's front 2 pairs of legs, but I'm unsure. Stayed stationary for over an hour. Did not attempt to capture/hunt wasp approximately 5 inches away. Was resting on inflatable yard decoration.

  • Submitted by: 
    JWHigdon
  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2019
  • Photographed: Oct 29, 2019
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Hillsboro, Tennessee, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: No
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I think this is a dark-colored Nursery Web Spider, Pisaurina mira. They are very closely related to Fishing Spiders. Both are in family Pisauridae. The wasp may have been a species that hunts large spiders to oviposit eggs into the spiders. The larvae eat the spider. The larger spiders, especially Fishing, Nursery, and Wolf, evolved to protect themselves and their egg sacs from the wasps. A Nursery Web Spider might choose to not move to avoid being seen by the wasp. I had an Orbweaver, Araneus diadematus, in my yard this year who caught and ate the wasps that were… Read more »