Refreshingly cooler today, the east breeze continued but much more cloud cover today
I've recently noticed some large sheets webs in the long grass and gorse at the northern end of the plateau in Heysham nature reserve. Tickling with a grass stem produced a surprisingly large spider which made me jump! It seems it's the Labyrinth spider. It's a Southern species and we're really at the Northern edge of its range. A bit of digging reveals that it seems to be a bit of a Heysham speciality
This shot shows their very substantial webs. Apparently, their favourite food is grasshoppers, so the webs need to be strong.
|Labyrinth spider webs. If you lightly brush one with a piece of grass,|
you should tempt the spider out. But don't over do it, we don't want them turning ugly!