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Wildrye Spider - Pisaurina - female

Wildrye Spider - Pisaurina - Female
River Road, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
August 21, 2010
Size: body <2cm
I am studying these grasses (wildrye-Elymus), so I was photographing the spike when I noticed the exquisitely camouflaged spider. I've spent an hour going through the spider pages, and I've learned a lot but still wouldn't hazard a guess. I think she resembles the lampshade spiders, but I gather they don't occur out our way. I'd love to know more about her and if her kind are specifically adapted to this grass!

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Wildrye Spider - Pisaurina - female Wildrye Spider - Pisaurina

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Pisaurina sp.
of some kind. It may be Pisaurina mira. See info page here.

I doubt they are specifically adapted to that grass. They seem to do well in a variety of grasses, plants, etc.

She sure does blend in well!

I enjoyed looking at the other pictures and reading up on nursery web spiders. Having met this particular nursery web spider first, I was surprised to see that so few of her sisters were well camouflaged. I guess this particular girl just knows how to accessorize.

Not random
Then it occurred to me that of course the photos here aren't to be taken as a random sample of the species, since, after all, the spiders that people saw were the ones they photographed. In my case, I actually didn't see the spider, I was photographing the grass, so that's how a really well camouflaged one happens to be in the collection.

Camo P. mira
Good point!

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