Family Pisauridae - Waiting patiently or actively hunting are both methods used by nusery web spiders to capture prey. They are large arachnids, and some hunt on water. They may eat tadpoles and small fishes as well as insects. The female carries the egg sac with her and constructs a nursery web when the spiderlings are due to hatch. The spiderlings stay in the nusery web, guarded by their mother, for about one week and then disperse.
sixspotted fishing spider Dolomedes triton (female with shrimp) © Hank Guarisco
nursery web spider Pisaurina mira (female scallop-banded form) © Hank Guarisco
nursery web spider Pisaurina mira (female plain form) © Hank Guarisco