~Pisaura mirablis January 16th 2012~
Woohooo my first Pisaura mirablis of 2012, these are commonly known as Nursery Web Spiders and I saw 3 today. This is a x5 MP-E image and no cropping here at all, a full sized image.
I love these Spiders, they are really beautiful, this is a female and she was under a bit of plywood. here is some wiki info :0)
The nursery web spider Pisaura mirabilis is a spider species of the family Pisauridae.
Males of this species offer food gifts to potential female mates. Some Pisaura mirabilis 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 strategy of playing dead more than doubles a male's odds of successfully achieving copulation, from 40% to 89%. This is an example of a behavior originally evolved to ward off predators being adapted to a new purpose.
HER EYES FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO ;o)
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