Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Nursery-web spider (Pisaura mirabilis)

Had lots of these in my garden today must have been twenty at least and just like me they seemed to be enjoying today's sunshine.

The nursery-web spider Pisaura mirabilis is the only member of the Pisaura genus in Britain. The abdomen is slender and tapering and there is a light stripe along the middle of the carapace. The colour is variable, and may be grey, yellowish-orange or dark brown. Although males are generally similar in appearance to females, they tend to be darker, with more noticeable markings and have smaller abdomens.
Size - Male length: 10-13 mm; Female length: 12-15 mm.