Archive of: Spiders

  • Courting Danger

    08 February 2021

    Courting Danger

    Most, if not all spiders employ some form of courtship when wooing a prospective partner.

     
  • Why don't spiders get stuck in their own webs?

    13 October 2020

    Why don't spiders get stuck in their own webs?

    Why don’t spider get stuck in their own webs? Charlotte Owen explains.

     
  • Attack of the Eight-legged Ladies

    10 October 2020

    Attack of the Eight-legged Ladies

    This month ends with Halloween. Outside, the undead patrol the streets. My advice is to lock your doors, close your curtains and turn off the lights. But what if the very thing that you’re most terrified of is locked in the house with you?

     
  • Living with spiders

    09 October 2020

    Living with spiders

    Every autumn, headlines warn about spiders invading our homes. But what’s the real story with our eight-legged neighbours?

     
  • What was seen on furlough

    11 May 2020

    What was seen on furlough

    It’s surprising what you can find in even the smallest urban garden.

     
  • Eight legs good? Jumping Spiders

    31 October 2019

    Eight legs good? Jumping Spiders

    Jumping spiders may seem like a terrifying prospect but they are among the tiniest of our 650 native spider species - and arguably the cutest.

     
  • Britain's Heaviest Spider

    14 October 2019

    Britain's Heaviest Spider

    The Four-spotted Orbweaver Araneus quadratus is Britain’s heaviest spider, coming in at a whopping 2.5 grams.

     
  • Wasp Spiders

    10 August 2018

    Wasp Spiders

    The world of invertebrates is a strange one indeed. Full of illusion and deception, things are often not as they seem and a prime example of this is mimicry.

     
  • Surface Tension

    18 June 2017

    Surface Tension

    Great news as the UK’s largest spider has been found at a new site in Sussex

     
  • Into the jaws of death

    21 September 2016

    Into the jaws of death

    Female wasp spiders can be seen in Sussex hanging in their large orb-shaped web in grassland from April to October?

     
  • 12 October 2014

    Spiders around your home

     
  • 27 April 2014

    The X-Files

    Author Graeme LyonsEcologistTwo days. Two different invertebrate surveys. Two Xysticus crab spiders that I've not seen until now. Now by far the commonest Xysticus is Xysticus cristatus and you have to look through a lot of these to find the less common