Look into the eyes of our biggest jumping spider

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Wednesday 22 September 2010 17:46

I know I have featured this spider before but I got some great shots today of what I think is the coolest spider we have in the UK. It's Marpissa muscosa, a nationally scarce jumping spider and also our largest. It likes bark/deadwood/fence posts in the sun and is quite common in Sussex being restricted to the south and east.

Also on the reserve today was a Whinchat and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (that I did not see, this was seen by Penny and Neil). I also had another fungus tick, three Shaggy Parasols in the little meadow.

2 Response to "Look into the eyes of our biggest jumping spider"

this is my patch Says:

Yeah, I've looked into its eyes. They jump out of the page. Just wouldn't want it jumping on me for real! A great set of photos.

Graeme Lyons Says:

Ha ha, thanks for the comments. I think its eyes look like highway cat's eyes.

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