Saturday, 12 May 2018

Emerging Dragons and Giant Spiders

At this time of year, I find that I am drawn back to Pevensey Levels more and more. The water channels are erupting with new life and new species are appearing almost daily. During the last week, I have seen five species of Damselfly on the wing and the emergence of good numbers of Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) has been evident by the number of exuviae I have seen along the ditch margins.
Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) (newly emerged female)

The Fen Raft Spider (Dolomedes plantarius) is now beginning to venture out from the margins as the males start to look for a mate. This rare spider is one of our largest species but can sometimes be difficult to spot amongst the waterside shadows. 
Fen Raft Spider (Dolomedes plantarius) (male)

Fen Raft Spider (D.plantarius) (females)


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