Space invader

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Friday 18 May 2012 20:47

Rushed over to Waltham Brooks to see the Night Heron but dipped. Went out looking for Adder's-tongue Fern at Ditchling Beacon but dipped (two species I have seen before I should add). However, the first thing I saw when I woke up this morning was this crab spider. I thought it looked like a Philodromus and considering I have only ever identified two before (histrio and dispar - both distinctive looking spiders) I thought it might be a tick. It was, being Philodromus aureolus. The literature states it's one of the commoner species and does sometimes enter houses. I was amazed at how metallic the abdomen was when I shone a light on it. That was my 3931st species.

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