Spi­der spot­ting

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our World -

Fol­low­ing your in­clu­sion of a wasp mimic (Wild Month, July 2018), I was thrilled to spot my first wasp spi­der at Pett Level in East Sus­sex. The area en­cour­ages breadth of vi­sion with views of low, flat marsh­land dis­sected by the his­toric Royal Mil­i­tary Canal, but a flash of yel­low sud­denly fo­cused my at­ten­tion on a wasp spi­der by the side of the path.

To get my shot I had to gen­tly move sev­eral blades of grass and lie on my front, wait­ing for lulls in the stiff breeze with my el­bows serv­ing as a tri­pod. Andy Jen­ner, via Twit­ter mes­sage

Fea­tures edi­tor Ben Hoare replies: These are fab­u­lous spi­ders, aren’t they? They colonised Eng­land as long ago as the 1920s, but only re­cently have they spread along the south coast and north into the Mid­lands, likely due to cli­mate change.

A fe­male wasp spi­der.

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