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Oct 22, 2013 5:03 PM

WASP SPIDER Argiope bruennichi

May I share my enthusiastic invertebrate joy at inadvertently coming across this wonderful spider today (20/10/2013) while looking at a fat black beetle on a cemetery grave stone in Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries (twinned cemeteries) in Lewisham, South London? This spider was relatively numerous in the cemeteries during late summer until four years ago when its presence had started to dwindle rapidly. I observed none last or the year before and had decided uncertain harsh climate or ad hoc municipal grass cutting into the spider's domain may have caused the Wasp Spider's disappearance from the Lewisham cemeteries. What a surprise to accidentally cast an unprepared glance once more on this single specimen. And, try as I might I detected no others in my perambulation of Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries frequently taken in all weathers. What is surprising is the late season of this particular spider specimen which would usually have mated and spun its spiderling pod by end of August/Early September. Here we are almost into November with a Wasp Spider of size to suggest at least 2 weeks to its accomplished life.

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