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Marpissa muscosa
find out more... Jumping spider Marpissa muscosa top view Copyright: Peter Furze

Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
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We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm. We are also usually open on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.

Spring recording Record your Robin Record Common Frog Rana temporaria
Record Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum Record Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva
Record Dark-edged Bee Fly Bombylius major
Record Spring Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes
Record cuckoo bee Melecta albifrons

Garden Spider

Araneus diadematus Copyright: Peter Harvey
© Peter Harvey
Araneus diadematus pair Copyright: Peter Harvey
© Peter Harvey
Garden spiders mature in late summer and autumn. Please note that the spider is very variable in colour. The best distinguishing feature is the cross-like marking on the abdomen.

Araneus spiderlings-2 Copyright: Frederick Linehan
© Frederick Linehan
Araneus spiderlings-1 Copyright: Frederick Linehan
© Frederick Linehan
In spring or early summer one can often find a ball or cluster of spiderlings that belong to this species or related orb web spiders. These spiderlings will then disperse and live separate lives.

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