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SPIDER ON THISTLE

Observed: 28th August 2009 By: foxyfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebrates
 GARDEN SPIDER  ON THISTLE
SPIDER ON THISTLE 2  (TOP DOWN VIEW)
Description:

BROWN SPIDER ON THISTLE,I HAD NEVER SEEN THE SPINES ON SPIDERS LEGS BEFORE!

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

madasyernan's picture

spines on legs

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.

Sam, Student.

foxy's picture

Spines on legs. I"e seen

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.

foxy

Foxy

Martin Harvey's picture

spider

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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