Nursery Web Spider

Pisaura mirabilis

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The Nursery Web Spider is a common spider of grassland and scrub, and is often seen sunbathing amongst Brambles and Stinging Nettles. The adults are active hunters and don't spin a web to catch food, instead using a quick sprint to capture flies and other insects. The female carries her large, round egg-sac in her fangs. When the young are about to hatch, she builds a silk sheet among the vegetation to act as a tent, sheltering them until they are old enough to leave on their own.

How to identify

The Nursery Web Spider is a relatively large, slender-bodied spider, pale grey-brown with a pattern of darker brown and black stripes running the length of the body.

Where to find it



When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many heathland and grassland habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. We are also working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Nursery Web Spider
Latin name
Pisaura mirabilis
Body length: 1.5cm
Conservation status