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Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis)

This is quite a large spider, its heads and body alone are over 15mm (more than half an inch). What is it and what's it doing?


The Nursery web spider uses its fangs to carry its babies around in a silk cocoon. When when they are old enough, it builds a silk tent for them to live in till the spiderlings are big enough to survive on their own

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