I paid a visit to one of my old sites today in search of wasp spiders. Last year I found literally hundreds in one particular field so I went full of confidence. That was short lived, when I arrived to find that the scrub had been cleared and the rushes topped. Not a single wasp spider to be found…
Undeterred, I set about searching them out as I knew there would be some on the site somewhere. I struck gold (well, I struck yellow,black and white) on another patch of scrubby rush and reedbed. Plenty of these brilliant spiders. Not only are they cool to look at (almost cartoon-like) they are mean as well. They will eat flies, but their webs are set to catch grasshoppers, crickets and the like.
I quite like their eyes. They certainly have enough of them!
So, if you are out for a wander (generally along the south coast) in an area with bits of scrubby grassland and loads of grasshoppers – have a look out for a wasp spider sat in its web…waiting.