The Spiders from Arne

What an amazing place. For all round interest the RSPB managed Arne peninsula is hard to beat. Initially purchased to conserve the Dartford Warbler and the Smooth snake the range of wildlife using the site is incredible.

Two of the more unusual insects recently seen include the Raft Spider seen below at Coombe Heath and the Wasp Spider.

The more common Cross or Garden Spider can be found in the thousands with at least a dozen per Gorse bush. Likewise the Common Orb Weaver. With the sheer number of insects available perhaps it’s not surprising that the area contains approximately 56 pairs of the secretive Dartford Warbler. In total we managed to see the grand total of 5.

Raft Spider

Raft Spider at Coombe Heath

Wasp Spider

Wasp Spider, Coombe Heath

Wasp Spider

Wasp Spider

Spider nest

Wasp Spider’s nest

Cross or garden spider

Cross or Garden Spider wrapping up an unfortunate Hoverfly

Common Orb Weaver

Orb Weaver – the photo doesn’t really do justice to the sheer size of it’s web

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