Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Nursery Web Spider - Pisaura mirabilis

I had seen on the Pembrokeshire Wildlife blog some excellent photos dated 16 July 2016 from Peter Byles, of the Nursery Web Spider - Pisaura mirabilis. You may like to know that on a visit to Pembroke Dock I saw a Nursery Web Spider on grass next to Pembroke River/Pennar Gut (OS ref: SM957023) on 26 December 2016. This is an extremely late date for this spider; I have never seen one in Winter where I live in Hampshire, and as an amateur arachnologist I am always on the look out for spiders.

Two days earlier, on 24 December 2016, I saw another unexpected spider: a Stripe-legged Spider - Harpactea hombergii. This was nearby one metre up a three metre high South-facing cliff.

I realise that spiders are under-recorded in Pembrokeshire, nevertheless, these were interesting finds in late December.


Dennis Trunecka.

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