Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 BugGuide Gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Species Pisaurina mira - Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider - Pisaurina mira - female spider - Pisaurina mira Pisaurid? - Pisaurina mira Nursery Web Spider-Pisaurina mira - Pisaurina mira unfamiliar arachnid - Pisaurina mira Spider - Pisaurina mira nursery web spider - Pisaurina mira Fen Spiderlings - Pisaurina mira
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Pisauridae (Nursery Web Spiders)
Genus Pisaurina
Species mira (Nursery Web Spider)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
The nearly straight anterior row of eyes clearly distinguishes this species from P. undulata and P. dubia which have strongly recurved anterior rows. (1)

According to James Carico (1) there are six variations of P. mira. Here is an attempt to attach a photo to each of his six drawings in the reference below. Images 1-5 are for females, 6 is for the male.

#1 & 2 - Typical

#3 Broken pattern (this was on a very large specimen)

#4 Spotted Pattern (also a very large specimen, almost no pattern visible)

#5 Center Line Pattern

#6 Typical Male

#7 Spiderling

#8 Nursery
Print References
(1) - (PDF) The Nearctic Spider Genus Pisaurina by James Carico.