9th May 2011, Monday

While leaving the wader pool hide yesterday I noticed a striking spider on the walkway. I was certain that it was the RDB1 jumping spider Pellenes tripunctatus, but having no pots and a camera that wasn’t working I had to wait until today to confirm the identification. First found in Britain at Folkestone in Kent in the 1880’s, this species currently occurs at only two shingle sites in Britain – Dungeness and Chesil Beach in Dorset (though there was an unconfirmed record from the Crumbles in East Sussex in the 1980’s). Considering that it does occur along the coast at Dungeness it is perhaps not surprising that it has turned up here, but it was still a very exciting find!
Pellenes tripunctatus in flight. Note that this individual is missing its right front leg.