My housemate, simoni

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Friday 6 April 2012 12:13

You know that feeling when you get back from the late class of British Military Fitness at about 8.45 pm and are so tired you can barely be bothered to cook? Well, that's not usually a time I expect to see a new species as I reach for the cupboard door. Psilochorus simoni is like a smaller version of Pholcus phalangioides (the Daddy-long-legs Spider which is also abundant in our house). I had read up on it in advance so I knew to look for a smaller spider with a rounder, bluish abdomen. There he was, running around in my cupboard! The literature states it was introduced from the States to wine cellars via wine bottles.

Today I am off to Thorney Island (which I have never been to) in search of the Northern Drab, one of my bogey moths...

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