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Friday, January 18, 2008

MALE FUNNEL WEB / LACE WEAVER SPIDER


Should I rename BG the Spider Blog?!

I am enjoying taking photographs of these fascinating beasties though, and at present, there's not much else for me to photograph with the hours I'm keeping (because of work) or the time of year.

This one I photographed on the office window last night.
Another (male -note the "long-armed boxing-gloves") Funnel Web Spider (or Lace Weaver), on the nocturnal prowl.
It is certainly (like the other Funnel Web Spider I shot on the house), an Amaurobius sp. either A. fenestralis or A.similis, though your guess is as good as mine which.

It should be an A. fenestralis, (latin name derived from the fact it is often seen on windows), but I happen to think its an A.similis, like the one at home. To be honest, there's quite confusing identification guides with these two british Funnel-Web Spiders, so I'll just call it that then eh, a Funnel Web Spider or Lace Weaver, reknowned for their blue-tinged lacey webs...
This male was no more than an inch long (and wide) INCLUDING its legs.

2 comments:

Jane said...

I think I'm gradually getting over my spider phobia... I need to if I'm going to read your blog! Amazing picture again... can't believe it's that small.

The Black Rabbit said...

I am desperately hoping for an early spring Jane... to start taking photographs of other things!!!