- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Arachnida
- Order: Araneae
- Suborder: Araneomorphae
- Family: Pisauridae
- Genus: Pisaurina
- Species: Pisaurina mira
Common Name (AAS)
Nursery Web Spider
Charles Athanase Walckenaer, 1837
Disclaimer: The following table provides a quick overview of the spider's basic attributes. The physical traits are greatly generalized in order to aid in the identification and sorting of spider species using our search feature. This information is not exhaustive, and keep in mind that traits such as color, markings, and overall size and shape can vary widely within a species due to variables such as the spider's age, gender, diet, hydration level, climate, and habitat. Though experienced arachnologists and hobbyists can often classify spiders rather accurately based on their unique markings and general appearance, it's important to know that scientifically accurate spider identification relies on detailed taxonomic keys and microscopic examinations of a spider's reproductive organs.
- Has at least six distinct color/pattern variations, which can make the species more difficult for the average person to identify. One of the most unique variations is mostly all pale with a thin, dark brown line down the center of the body and dark brown bands at the leg joints: it’s been referred to as the “subinflata variation” (Bishop 1924).
- May be one of the most common spiders in eastern North America (as reported by Carico 1972).
- Frequently mistaken for a “wolf spider” of the family Lycosidae, but the eye arrangements are vastly different.
- Egg sac is a whitish sphere, about 15mm in diameter, carried in the female’s chelicerae (jaws); she hangs it in a “nursery web” when the babies are ready to emerge and then guards them until they’ve dispersed.