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Baby Wasp Spider
Comments(7) # Baby Wasp Spider london e17

Another welcome return is my first Wasp Spider of the year. This body of this littl'un (w=hich I think is a male) is only about 2-3mm long but already it's spinning the characteristic zig-zag pattern into its web (towards the bottom of the picture). The purpose of this zig-zag is not certain though some suggest it may be to prevent damage to the web by larger animals whilst others suggest it helps to stabilise the web by acting as damper in some way. Whatever the real function, it was this zig-zag (well the tail of it that's not visible in this shot) that made me notice the web as I was wandering through the undergrowth. Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
200 ISO
1/200 sec
f 16
Flash: Fired