30 Days Wild – Day 4 – Watching A Spider Catch Its Prey

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.


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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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