Sunday, 9 September 2012

Wasp Spider Progress

I've been away for a few days so was interested to see how the Wasp Spiders at SSNR were progressing.

Wind-blown seeds were clearly becoming a nusiance requiring housekeeping. This spider shortly after I took this became so buffeted by the wind that she surprised me by walking off the web, down a thistle, across the ground a few inches and up onto another more sheltered web - she had a spare one next door!!

A few egg sacs are now beginning to appear, surprisingly large.

The reserve's grasshopper and cricket population must be suffering in order to fuel their growth. This spider is feeding on a grasshopper (possibly a Lesser Marsh) and has a female Long-winged Conehead hanging on a thread for dessert, gruesomely very much still alive!

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