Saturday, 3 September 2011
Wasp Spiders are one of our most strikingly colourful spiders. Originally from mainland Europe they have colonised large parts of southern England and are believed to be spreading further north, this is thought to be due to climate change. Their colours resemble wasps and bees on which they prey along with other insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, flies etc.
Their webs can be found low down in long un-grazed grassland and have a prominent zig zag pattern,spun in silk below the centre of the web know as a stabilimentum. They are harmless to humans though have been known to occasionally bite.
This colony was discovered just outside of Truro in Cornwall