I'm hoping you might help me identify a couple of bugs I've seen recently.
I live in south eastern Spain, in a desertous area inland from Almeria.
The first one is a spider which measured a good inch or more in span.
The second, I found out walking yesterday.
I've seen it before at this time of year. It looks like it might be in a larval stage?
I managed to drop a 2 euro coin near it but it was moving quickly!
Thanks in anticipation,
The insect is a rove beetle Staphylinidae of which there are over 1000 spp in Europe.a search on the internet may lead you to your specimen. Good luck.
I would say that the insect is an Oil beetle.
I think yours is quite similar the one on this forum, called Berberomeloe insignis: Also from Spain
I stand corrected. The legs on a rove beetle are more separated. Sorry Crispin.
Spider is a female Eresus sp., commonly known as 'Ladybird spiders' on accout of the males beautiful red and black spotted abdomen.