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Spider ID please

Observed: 21st September 2011 By: leenestofvipersleenestofvipers’s reputation in Invertebratesleenestofvipers’s reputation in Invertebratesleenestofvipers’s reputation in Invertebratesleenestofvipers’s reputation in Invertebrates
Spider ID please
Description:

Small spider with large, dark, shiny abdomen, living in roof of bee hive. Wasp prey nearby.Probable wax moth cocoon in centre. A few minutes later I watched a wasp attack and kill another of these spiders, taking off with it and chewing it up on a grass stalk nearby.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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Ed's picture

Regarding the "probable wax

Regarding the "probable wax moth cocoon": as a new beekeeper I need to be able to identify these, but all I can see is a nail head. Am I missing something?

leenestofvipers's picture

cocoon

I am also a beekeeper.It is an old brood box.It isn't a nail head but a spun cocoon. I pulled it out and it appeared to be a wax moth larva. There was a wax moth adult under the roof also. They place them in any gaps or holes they find inside and outside of the hive.