Sunday 8 February 2015

Sunbathing Nursery web spider

A sunny day, we visit the wildlife garden. We find little in the way of invertebrates, but, as we are about to leave, on the south facing Ivy, I spy this young Nursery Web spider, Pisaura mirabilis, which makes my day. First she is sitting like some wolf spiders or crab spiders, sometimes sunbathe, with their front legs curled up, looking very relaxed. Then she seems to detect my presence, and it stretches out her front legs in the more typical position of the species (above).

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