Labyrinth Spider catching its prey
When watching wildlife I unfortunately often tend to overlook the tiny things like this Labyrinth Spider.
Labyrinth Spiders (Agelena labyrinthica) can grow up to 18mm long and can be found in the months of June to October. They eat flies and other small insects which fall in to the web. Their webs are funnel shaped and mostly built South facing, on a hedgerow or grassy verge. The spider lays in wait in the tunnel until an insect trips one of the thin strands that lay across the entrance.
I found this particular Labyrinth Spider half out of its web slowly creeping up towards what looks like a soldier beetle, the beetle struggling to get its leg free final gave up as the spider was right on top of it.
I was transfixed on that particular web and couldn’t stop watching a thing which I would normally overlook.