Some Shingle Spiders

24th May 2011, Tuesday

Yesterday I had a visit from Andy Philips (reserves officer for Hastings borough council) and Graeme Lyons (Sussex Wildlife Trust’s ecologist) who came to look for some typical shingle spiders. We found a good range of species including Sitticus inexpectus, Euophrys frontalis , Heliophanus flavipes and the ubiquitous Zebra Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus). The highlights were a tiny male Neon pictus at Castle Water and a male Phlegra fasciata. This latter is pretty rare (RDB3) and has not been seen here for nearly 20 years, so it was a good find. Feeling a bit jealous that Andy and Graeme had found it and not me I went to the same spot early this afternoon and quickly found another, this time an immature female.