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Sunday, November 1st 2015

When out and about rooting or just walking we are always looking for something different, something that is not quite as it should be, something that should  not be there.  On closer inspection this 'something different, not quite right' ends up as a coloured leaf, a dropping, a piece of mud or a hole in a leaf.  However this does not stop us diving under branches, getting down on hands and knees or using binoculars.  Taking photographs often helps with ID of 'things'!  Sometimes we are lucky and it is something special.

In the back garden there was a small spider.  On first seeing it Black Widow sprang to mind, then no it can't be!  Identification books and web sites were consulted and Tim arrived with the answer Steatoda bipunctata.

Steatoda bipunctata

Brian and Chris tried to get a photograph of its underside as it has an infinity sign mark.  Spider was not co-operative. This spider belongs to the group known as false widows, so initial reaction was not too far out.  They can give a nasty nip - not sure if Brian and Chris knew that.

Further reading revealed that these spiders like rabbbit hutches and are called Rabbit-hutch spiders.  Now you may well be asking yourself where is the rabbit hutch in the back garden - we do not have one but perhaps this box, protecting some pipe work, is similar enough to keep our spider happy.  (If you look closely the tiny black mark on the slope is the spider.)

Box for pipe work - rabbit hutch?

After all this excitment it is a new species for our ever growing list of plants and animals found at Foxglove.


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