Last week I visited RSPB Arne to do some birding hopping to see an osprey but was unsuccessful. I did see a few dartford warblers but one of the highlights was a spider. I was watching some dragonflies and damselflies by a pond. While watching two mating damselflies lay eggs the UK's largest native spider, the raft spider, paid a visit. From under the water a raft spider pounced on the female laying the eggs. A second spider came rushing in to joint the attack. The male damselfly decided that the battle was lost and left the female to the spiders. The spiders then fought each other for the female damselfly. In the end one spider got a good meal.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Damselflies and Spiders
John) Matthew Stritch is a Zoologist traveling to some of the more remote locations on the planet. Having spent nine months studying wild bonobos Matt then went on to be a safari guide in South Africa. He has also worked in Mauritius as warden of world renowned Round Island and more recently he has been habituating lowland gorilla in Gabon. Matt has an interest in animal behaviour, film making, photography and writing. His first book: "A Zoologists Stumbling's in Africa: How to Habituate a Bonobo" is about his time in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo.