| Pisaura mirabilis (Clerck, 1775)|
| Taxonomical Classification: Animalia / Arthropoda / Arachnida / Araneae / Pisauridae |
| Nursery Web Spider Maltese name not known|
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The Nursery Web Spider grows to about 15mm and has good vision and long powerful legs making them active hunters that search for prey amongst grasses and low vegetation. They vary in colour from grey to dark brown. As only one species of this genus present in northern Europe, this spider is unmistakable.
Males offer food gifts to potential female mates in order to copulate. Some males have also been observed to feign death, remaining still while holding the food gift in their mouths. When the female approaches and tries to take the food away, the male springs back to life and attempts to mate.
The female carries her large eggs sac beneath her body, held in the jaws. Prior to the spiderlings hatching she fixes it to some plants and spins a silken tent around it and then stands guard. She guards the eggs and spiderlings, giving rise to the English name of Nursery Web Spider.
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