Nursery Web Spider Pisaura mirabilis (Clerck, 1757)
A large and common spider of grassy areas in woodlands and on heaths etc. Known commonly as the Nursery Web Spider, the female Pisaura mirabilis is regularly seen guarding her obvious egg sac in grass or other low vegetation. This is the only UK spider, in which the male passes the female a prey item as a gift prior to mating.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Pisaura mirabilis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Bob Merritt. Howard Williams. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Sean Tobin. Darren Matthews. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Meg Skinner. Barry Lygo. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). David Shaw. BAS Survey Team of Richard Gallon, Graeme Lyons and Tylan Berry. Brian Wetton. Jim Flanagan.

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Updated January 2024

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