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Crab Spider in greenhouse
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Crab Spider in greenhouse

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.
Picture added on 15 June 2007
Wow, anyone know what it is?
Added by Anon on 15 June 2007
it's a "nursery web spider", I believe.
Added by Laura on 15 June 2007
It is a nursery web spider, click on this link for full details of habitat diet and reproduction. Sadly it is very common worldwide.
Added by Arthur Bird on 17 June 2007
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.'
Added by Colin on 18 June 2007
Colin - Well there you go - it could be another first for Cromarty! Fun research though.
Added by Arthur Bird on 19 June 2007
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