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Spider hiding out on oak leaf - Pisaurina mira

Spider hiding out on oak leaf - Pisaurina mira
Slidell, Honey Island Swamp, PRWMA, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA
March 24, 2012
Size: ~1cm (body l.)
There was a dead (sucked dry) tent caterpillar a few inches away, and a live one blithely eating the leaf right next to this. So I hypothesize that this is some sort of ambushing spider, and that it had recently eaten the dead caterpillar. Then again, I've seen tons of spiders hiding out in exactly this pose at the periphery of their web, so maybe this is a web-builder whose web had recently been destroyed. Little mysteries, everywhere I look!
(That's going to have to be the title of my insect book, if I ever write it. Subtitled "People who don't study invertebrates are fools!")

Moved
Moved from ID Request. Yes, this species has a variable dorsal pattern.

guess

 
I'm not sure...
the color pattern is similar, but the arrangement of the eyes doesn't seem to match.

 
Then again...
...if I squint differently, maybe the eyes do match.

 
I would guess
Pisaurina mira (wavy line on abdomen)

 
That pattern looks exactly right.

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