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.