Thursday, 6 October 2011

The Spiders from Arne


What an amazing place. For all round interest the RSPB managed Arne peninsula is hard to beat. Initially purchased to conserve the Dartford Warbler and the Smooth snake the range of wildlife using the site is incredible.

Two of the more unusual insects recently seen include the Raft Spider seen below at Coombe Heath and the Wasp Spider.

The more common Cross or Garden Spider can be found in the thousands with at least a dozen per Gorse bush. Likewise the Common Orb Weaver. Perhaps not surprising that the area contains approximately 56 pairs of the secretive Dartford Warbler. In total we managed to see 5.


Raft Spider at Coombe Heath
Wasp Spider
Wasp Spider, Coombe Heath
Wasp Spider
Wasp Spider
Wasp Spider’s nest
Cross or garden spider
Cross or Garden Spider wrapping up an unfortunate Hoverfly
Common Orb Weaver
Orb Weaver – the photo doesn’t really do justice to the sheer size of it’s web

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