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3:37PM

Gross(a)!

Over the last few days I've actually had a few invertebrate records (live ones, not pickled in alcohol) to drive away the winter blues, including a black clock at Lime Kiln Cottage (it's a type of ground beetle) and buff-tailed bumblebee on Harbour. The best record though was of a big female Steatoda grossa, one of the false widows, at Lime Kiln Cottage last Thursday. While not as notorious as THE false widow, Steatoda nobilis, this is generally a far more sinister looking spider, even to someone who really, really likes spiders and as with it's relative it can also be a bit 'bitey'. I was surprised to find that this was the first record for the reserve and even more of a surprise, Graeme Lyons, the ecologist for the trust , tells me it is the first time it has been recorded on any SWT reserve!

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