Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Orb spider Metellina mengei/segmentata

Found on Wood-rush, this is one of two similar spiders. Based on its appearance in March it is most probably M.mengei - M.segmentata appearing more in late summer. It also has the dark median bank below extending beyond the epigyne, which may or may not prove decisive. Photos of the epigyne taken before the beast departed were insufficient, because seeing also was!

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