BROWN SPIDER ON THISTLE,I HAD NEVER SEEN THE SPINES ON SPIDERS LEGS BEFORE!
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Just looking in my 'collins' book of british wildlife to confirm your identification, a lot of the spiders photographed in there have those spines on their legs.
Probably something to do with spinning their webs.
Can some one confirm that please (if im right that is)
The spider obviously didnt stand still to pose, so fantastic photograph, getting that detail.
Spines on legs.
I"e seen them on others in reference books too,just not as pronounced.I thought they might be more to hold prey.
Thanks for your comments,he/she wasnt moving to fast.
That's a lovely photo, but I'm not sure what species it is, not used to looking at spiders from the side! It looks like somehitng in the garden spider family but without seeing more of its markings I can't make a guess.
As far as I know the spines are part of the sensory organs, being sensitive to air pressure and vibrations, but they may perform other functions as well.
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