Nursery Web Spider (Egg sac) by main1

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Nursery Web Spider (Egg sac) by 

Glass Lake – N.Y.
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 name nursery web spider is especially given to the European species Pisaura mirabilis, but the family also includes fishing spiders and raft spiders.

Dolomedes fimbriatus with its nursery full of baby 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.(wiki)


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  • Robert Goulet
    Robert Gouletabout 6 years ago

    Great shot!!! What kind of spider is that?

  • Either a wolf or Fishing spider .. I think. They are pretty big!!

    – main1

  • Maximus
    Maximusabout 6 years ago

    very cool shot. :)

  • Thank you Maximus : ) : )

    – main1

  • jansnow
    jansnowabout 6 years ago

    Eeeeeeaaaaks, it’s great??!!

  • Thank you so much .. Isn’t she just a cutie? haha!

    – main1

  • jadeast
    jadeastabout 6 years ago

    This is up close and personal, another great pic

  • Thank you!! It was a little creepy getting so close .. I love spiders but still have my moments .. she was a sweetie though!! : )

    – main1

  • Christopher Birtwistle-Smith
    Christopher Bi...about 6 years ago

    ok you might not understand this, great shot but ewwwww this is gross, i hate spiders they are horrible and aweful and eeeK!!!! but i had to favorite it because its an awesome shot, but please dont take any more like this because i dont want to have to favorite any more like this ok??!!>!>!>!, ok so i have some spider issues. i did take some myself but this is gross…..c xx

  • oh my goodness!! You are sooo funny!!! I re-named this pic “motherly love” just for you : ) I am going out in a little while to see if I can “capture” a Garden Spider just so I can get you to squirm again!!! : ) : )

    – main1

  • Pete Costick
    Pete Costickabout 6 years ago

    Super shot, amazing creatures aren’t they

  • Yes I really love them!! Thank you : )

    – main1

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 6 years ago

    Stunning macro, amazing details. Extremely well done.

  • Thank you very, very, very much : ) : )

    – main1

  • jacqi
    jacqiabout 6 years ago

    Ugh! It’s a brilliant shot but spiders like this send shivers up and down my spine, Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!

  • LOL .. Thank you so much!! .. I like how she was being a good mom protecting her egg sack : )

    – main1

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 6 years ago

    superb !

  • Thank you ever so : )

    – main1

  • Steve  Woodman
    Steve Woodmanalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Thank you so very much Steve!! We do love our Spiders : )))))))))))))))

    – main1

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