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Wasp Spider
Comments(6) # Wasp Spider london e10

There are many species that live around here that I worry about every year and this is but one. There have been Wasp Spiders in the UK for quite some time now but I know of only one spot nearby where they seem to thrive as they rely on long grass and undergrowth both for their webs and the egg sacs in which the eggs overwinter. Thus anywhere where the grass is cut meadow style in late summer or autumn is unsuitable. Luckily just up the road from me is an overgrown former children's boating lake with marsh grass that remains uncut all year round and here the Wasp Spiders have made their home. Nevertheless, every year I worry that the eggs may not have survived the winter and this year we had some particularly cold weather so it was especially pleasing to come across my first Wasp Spider of the year just before I went away. I've since found several more and expect they'll soon be mating (bad news for the male pictured above) and building nests for next years clutch..... Yes, I know, you get more photos from me when I'm on holiday than when I'm here! Canon EOS-1D Mark III
150 mm
400 ISO
1/320 sec
f 8
Flash: Not Fired