Stripey spider psychedelia at Thames Road Wetland

We recently reported on the unusually large number of Wasp Spiders (Argiope bruennichi) at Thames Road Wetland during August 2016. Jason Steel, who first drew attention to this, has kindly provided the following photographs taken at the site.

Comparison of male and female wasp Spiders from Thames Road Wetland (Jason Steel)

Comparison of male and female Wasp Spiders from Thames Road Wetland (Jason Steel)

Female wasp Spider  in web at Thames Road Wetland, showing the distinctive band of extra silk below the animal, termed the  'stabilimentum'. (Jason Steel)

Female Wasp Spider in web at Thames Road Wetland, showing the distinctive band of extra silk below the animal, termed the ‘stabilimentum’. (Jason Steel)

We have a very incomplete list of spiders from the site, so if there are any arachnid experts lurking in or near to Bexley who could help us fill in the gaps, please contact Site Manager Chris Rose at <chrisrose@gn.apc.org>

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