Lovely to find this female Larioides cornutus near Bradshaw Lane this Sunday, shown roused from its weather-proof ‘silken retreat’ by a gentle poke from a pen nib.
The retreat is closely woven with an entrance near the bottom.
A smaller spider is using the same dried stem, probably a Dictyna which tend to haunt the dead heads of plants
Both common species but amazing beasts. The cornutus often live near water, sometimes climbing beneath the water surface to escape danger.