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

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 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

Pisaurina mira - male

Pisaurina mira - Male
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
May 15, 2013
Size: 1/2 in, 2 1/2 in w/legs
This large spider walked the door to my bedroom while I was reading, and I found myself eye-to-eye with it when I looked up from my book. I had trouble fitting a glass over it, but once captured it became docile and lay down with it's front legs together. Later, as I annoyed it by taking pictures, it started moving around more, often using it's gigantic pedipalps somewhat like a fourth pair of legs! Fascinating guy.

At first I thought this was a member of Tengellidae. But based on other photos here, including the wonderful reference on spider eye patterns, I'm relocating to Pisaurina mira.

Images of this individual: tag all
Pisaurina mira - male Second photo - Pisaurina mira - male Third photo - Pisaurina mira - male

Moved from Tengellidae.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.