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Crab Spider in greenhouse

Crab Spider in greenhouse

Date Added: 15 June 2007 Contributor: Colin Dunn Year: 2007 Picture No: 1894

Strange spider found in our greenhouse. These haven't been seen further North than Banff before, so haven't the foggiest how it got here.

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Wow, anyone know what it is? Comment left on 15 June 2007 at 15:53 by Anon
it's a "nursery web spider", I believe. Comment left on 15 June 2007 at 23:44 by Laura
It is a nursery web spider, click on this link for full details of habitat diet and reproduction. Sadly it is very common worldwide. Comment left on 17 June 2007 at 16:19 by Arthur Bird
It certainly looks similar to a Nursery Spider, but a spider specialist has now told us . . .

'This is a crab spider called Tibellus oblongus. It's not been recorded in Ross-shire (although I haven't checked if we found it last year); the most northerly record would be on the Banff coast a few miles east of Inverness.'
Comment left on 18 June 2007 at 16:29 by Colin
Colin - Well there you go - it could be another first for Cromarty! Fun research though. Comment left on 19 June 2007 at 12:30 by Arthur Bird
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