Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis)

The Nursery Web Spider is a spider species of the family Pisauridae. It grows to about 15mm and they are active hunters that search for prey amongst grasses and low vegetation.

Males of this species offer a nuptial gift to potential female mates. Some have also been observed to use thanatosis (feign death) during courtship. After presenting the nuptial gift to the female, she bites on the gift and the male moves to her epigyne to deposit sperm with his pedipalps.

Throughout copulation the male keeps a leg on the gift so as to be ready if she tries to escape with it or attack him.

Thanatosis in Pisaura mirabilis has been observed to significantly increase the male's odds of successfully copulating.

The female carries her large eggs sac beneath her body, held in the jaws. Prior to the spiderlings hatching, she fixes it to some plants and spins a silken tent around it and then stands guard.

As only one species of this genus is present in northern Europe, this spider is unmistakable.

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Spider - Need ID

After this night's stormy weather I went in my garden and found this spider making a web. I gently blew at the spider to see its reaction and amazingly this spider jumps off the web. Then, after some minutes of waiting it goes up slowly and rests in the middle of the web. I still haven't found the species of this spider yet. If anyone knows, please let me know.

Nursery Web Spider (Pisauridae)

Nursery web spiders are spiders of the family Pisauridae. They resemble wolf spiders (family Lycosidae), but they carry their egg sacs by means of their jaws and pedipalps (instead of attaching them to their spinnerets). When the eggs are about to hatch, a mother spider will build a nursery "tent", put her egg sac inside, and mount guard outside. The namenursery web spider is especially given to the European species Pisaura mirabilis, but the family also includes fishing spiders and raft spiders. Unlike the wolf spiders, which have two very prominent eyes in addition to the other six, the eyes of the nursery web spiders are more or less the same size. Many species are able to walk on the surface of still bodies of water, and may even dive beneath the surface for a time to escape enemies. In escaping predators, they may very well jump a distance of five or six inches. However, they do not find it easy to make their way up extremely smooth surfaces such as glass. The female spider will sometimes attempt to eat the male after mating. The male, to reduce the risk of this, will often present the female with a gift such as a fly when approaching in the hope that this will satisfy her hunger, and sometimes this gift is a fake present intended to fool the female.


Jumping Spider (Salticidae)

The jumping spider family contains more than 500 described genera and about 5000 described species, making it the largest family of spiders. Jumping spiders have some of the best vision among invertebrates and use it in courtship, hunting and navigation. The jumping spiders, unlike the other families, have faces that are roughly rectangular surfaces perpendicular to their direction of motion. Their eye pattern is the clearest single identifying characteristic. They have eight eyes.

Banded Argiope (Argiope trifasciata)

This female spider of this species reach the size of 2.5cm and males begin at the length of only 6mm.  The web is approximately 60cm in diameter and is built vertically amongst vegetation.  The species was first recorded in Gozo in 2003 and has since spread to Malta and Gozo with annual sightings. The spider makes a 'signature' in its web with a sort of zigzag.

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Long Legged Sac Spider (Cheiracanthium mildei)

The long legged sac spiders (family Miturgidae) incude nearly 400 species in about 30 genera worldwide. However the largest genus currently recognized as belonging to this family is the Cheiracanthium, which used to be placed in the family of "true" sac spider Clubionidae. This spider is quite big with a body length of over 1cm apart from its long legs.  This spider is nocturnal species with a large range, covering the Mediterranean region, souther Europe and introduced and established in north America.

This spider is know to construct a nesting tube (the sac) in a rolled leaf or blade of grass. This spider has a middy venomous bite.

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Feather Legged Lace Weaver(Uloborus plumipes)

This spider is an old world cribellate spider in the family Uloboridae.  This spider can be frequently seen in or around garden centers (in fact I took this spider in my backyard store).  the families of this species grow up to 6mm.  A stabilimentum is sometimes present. These spiders vary in coloration and in contrast to the U.Walckenaerius it has distinct tufts of hairs on the front legs.  These spiders hang upside down and have a very interesting cocoon. The word for their name Plumipes is derived from latin meaning feather foot.

Crab Spider (Thomisus onustus)

This species shows an extreme sexual dimorphism both in size and coloration, also in comparison with othe crab spiders. The adult males reach a body length of only 2–4 millimetres (0.079–0.16 in), while females are 7–10 millimetres (0.28–0.39 in) long. This species is characterized by the prominent rear corners of the opisthosoma. In males the basic colour of the prosoma varies from yellow brown to dark brown, the opisthosoma may be yellow and green or brown. Also females are very variable in colour, their basic colour can be white, yellow or pink.

As a matter of fact these crab-spiders hide themselves adapting the colour of their body to the colour of the flowers on which they are waiting for preys, a behaviour that conceal them from predators and from the pollinating preys.


This interesting creature looks like a spider but recently I found that it doesn't belong to the same family, thus making it 'NOT' a spider. Opiliones are known for their exceptionally long legs.  The difference between harvestmen and spiders is the abdomen and the cephalothorax which are broadly joined thus appearing to be one oval structure.