I love Uloborus

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:45

A couple of years ago we found a new population of the rare heathland specialist spider Uloborus walckenaerius at Graffham Common. On Sunday evening I popped over to add it to my year list and do a bit of recording. I swept this big one in the first sweep net and then didn't see another. It really wouldn't keep still so the photos are not great. Here is a celebration of this unusual spider. I love the tufts on the abdomen.

Also there was an immature Philodromus margaritatus, also known from the site.

A female Araneus sturmi.

Also I finally got Evarcha falcata for the year. These making my spider year list up to 242 species. I swept three Ampedus elongantulus, really don't think this is all that scarce down here now. Also my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year. 

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