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Exclamation Caterpillars & SPIDERS.

It's the time of year for these.

This morning on the reserve we found seven of these beautiful Privet Hawkmoth Caterpillars in just one small area.





The Latin name is Sphinx ligustri because they assume a "Sphinx like position when at rest".
Like this.


Now the SPIDER.





It's a female Wasp Spider.
According to the Daily Mail (so it must be true) we have an INVASION of these. They used to be found only on the South Coast but due to recent warm winters have now spread "as far north as Cambridge"

This one has been in the same position on her web for several days so must be guarding her eggs.

She's about the size of a 2p piece.

A 100% crop of her hairy legs shows the level of detail the E-M5 and 12-50 lens can capture.


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Re: Caterpillars & SPIDERS.

Nice carterpillars you got there Peter. I have long not seen one of these family.
The Wasp Spider, well, this is the way they are, I suppose. I saw my first of these maybe 30yrs. ago - and since then they have become a regularity and are nowadays very common. They always do sit in the center of their web, I don't think it has something to do with garding eggs. Might be the case though. I am no big fan of spiders, but the Wasp Spider has at least some nice colour to it, so it is safe as far as I am concerned. BTW: I have photos of Wasp Spiders chewing on carterpillars of (?engl.)Peakock butterflies (Inachis io)! I was thinking I was going to see something similar, when I clicked your thread
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Re: Caterpillars & SPIDERS.

Wow, fab photos. We have wasp spiders on Tiptree Heath but they're quite rare. Glad to hear they're doing well in your area.

http://www.tiptreeheath.co.uk/about/...ry_insects.php
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Re: Caterpillars & SPIDERS.

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Nice carterpillars you got there Peter. I have long not seen one of these family.
The Wasp Spider, well, this is the way they are, I suppose. I saw my first of these maybe 30yrs. ago - and since then they have become a regularity and are nowadays very common. They always do sit in the center of their web, I don't think it has something to do with garding eggs. Might be the case though. I am no big fan of spiders, but the Wasp Spider has at least some nice colour to it, so it is safe as far as I am concerned. BTW: I have photos of Wasp Spiders chewing on carterpillars of (?engl.)Peakock butterflies (Inachis io)! I was thinking I was going to see something similar, when I clicked your thread
Thanks Falk.
The point about guarding the eggs I got from my reference book. It also says the females tend to eat the males so they're not very nice ladies.

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Wow, fab photos. We have wasp spiders on Tiptree Heath but they're quite rare. Glad to hear they're doing well in your area.

http://www.tiptreeheath.co.uk/about/...ry_insects.php
Thanks Linda.
This one is at Abberton, so not too far from Tiptree Heath.

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Thanks for the spider warning Peter - I crept up on her. . Pretty markings, but still creepy.
The caterpillars are gorgeous. Such camouflage! I like the Sphinx pose - aptly named.
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Re: Caterpillars & SPIDERS.

That's the female wasp spider. The male is tiny and brown and has to sneak in to have his wicked way or he gets eaten.
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Thanks for the spider warning Peter - I crept up on her. . Pretty markings, but still creepy.
Thanks Lyn.
I had to creep up on her as well. Down on all fours in the long grass and spiky plants, temperature 30 deg C on the hottest day of the year. When I tried to "retreat" I couldn't, my knees had locked. Also being fearful of droping my expensive new camera it took me a good five minutes to get upright again. Anyone watching would have had a good old laugh.

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That's the female wasp spider. The male is tiny and brown and has to sneak in to have his wicked way or he gets eaten.
Yes. Life in the raw. Better than East Enders or TOWIE.

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Re: Caterpillars & SPIDERS.

That spider is fantastic! Not seen anything like that in Sunny Shropshire yet
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That spider is fantastic! Not seen anything like that in Sunny Shropshire yet
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Don't worry, if the Daily Mail is right they're heading your way.

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Thanks Lyn.
I had to creep up on her as well. Down on all fours in the long grass and spiky plants, temperature 30 deg C on the hottest day of the year. When I tried to "retreat" I couldn't, my knees had locked. Also being fearful of droping my expensive new camera it took me a good five minutes to get upright again. Anyone watching would have had a good old laugh.

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Ha, you had it easy. The one I took was in gorse and I had to kneel down very carefully. So carefully that once in place I didn't dare move to get the tripod out of the way.

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Great shots Peter that spider looks far too exotic for the UK

Every thing is changing though
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Great shots Peter that spider looks far too exotic for the UK

Every thing is changing though
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Yes I've never seen anything quite like it before.

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Don't worry, if the Daily Mail is right they're heading your way.
The Daily Mail is wrong (as usual) - I've seen on another forum an image of one taken in Dundee!

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