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Mar 6, 2014 11:44 AM

Lettuce Spider!!

DSC_0103.JPG  I was just in the process of cutting up a lettuce ready for washing, and when I moved the leaves over to the sink, this little fella was on the side. 99% sure it came form the lettuce. The lettuce was sourced from Spain and I wondered if this is common in the UK.



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    Mar 6, 2014 7:44 PM (in response to ADRIAN81)
    Re: Lettuce Spider!!

    It's a philodromid spider and, from the long spear shaped mark on the abdomen, I'd guess at a Thanatus species (but can't rule out a Philodromus). There are two UK Thanatus species, one very rare and the other not much like yours. So, I suspect yours is from Spain not the UK.

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        Mar 7, 2014 12:03 PM (in response to ADRIAN81)
        Re: Lettuce Spider!!

        Hi Adrian, I'm an ex agricultural entomologist and have had an interest in spiders for 30 years or more.


        Re your spider - philodromids don't have a reputation for being poisonous or dangerous so I wouldn't get your supermarket too alarmed. It may have helped to remove any aphids off the lettuce!

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