Thursday, 29 March 2012

Pirate Spiders - Ero sp.

    Family - Mimetidae
    Genus - Ero
    Known as Pirate Spiders. They invade other Spiders Webs and feed on the
    inhabitants. This is the first one I've ever seen and a very exciting find for me!
    I had a feeling it was a Mimetid so I sent these photographs to Peter Harvey
    of the British Arachnological Society.
    "This is Mimetidae yes, Ero. From the four tubercles on the abdomen, the
    way these are arranged and the early date, this is almost certainly
    Ero aphana - this used to occur as a very rare spider on some
    southern heathlands, but in more recent years has increased markedly,
    turning up much more widely and in all sorts of habitats". Peter Harvey (BAS)
    Wyevale Garden Centre

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