Monday, 25 February 2008

Spider in Sunspecs

Is this the coolest spider in Britain? You would swear he was wearing sunglasses. Actually, they are two enlarged eyes which give him, apparently, the best vision in an invertebrate, after cephalopods. Sadly, he is also endangered. Buglife, the invertebrate conservation group, is in court this week to try to save one of only two habitats where the Distinguished Jumping Spider is found in Britain. Unfortunately, tonight it looks as though that court action has failed and this precious piece of wetland will become the site of a huge Royal Mail depot. This fab photo was taken by Peter Harvey of
The Essex Field Club

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