Friday 5 June 2015

The Spider and the Toothbrush

Today I met a spider man, the editor of the newsletter for the British Society of Arachnologists, who told me that Wales was an amazing place for spiders. We walked a few minutes up the path from the foot of the Great Orme, at the Deganwy end, until we were in a spider hotspot. Some of the spiders were very rare indeed, hidden inside crevaces on the cliff face, with tubular cobwebs in which to snare their prey.

He used an electric toothbrush to con the spiders into thinking they’d caught some prey, and this is what it looked like:

Not a tarantula but a house spider.

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