Sunday 3 March 2013

Sunbathing wolf spiders

 The sun shone all day yesterday and we had some lovely active garden invertebrates, including the first hoverfly (Eristalis tenax) and the first bee of the year (a male Anthophora plumipes). The first wolf spiders, likely Pardosa amentata, emerged from their winter retreats to bask in the sun and explore. These would be the young produced last summer and will have to moult again to become adults. I spotted the one above climbing the house wall, something they do not normally do.
Sunbathing on leaves...
...and on the conservatory wooden frame.

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