Walking around Bovey Heath we spot a Wasp Spider. It’s a fantastic specimen. Just look at it:
I manage to get between its web and the foliage with my thin phone and get a shot.
I’ve seen one before, in Italy:
They’ve only been in the UK since 1922.
I’m just as excited seeing one this time as I was last.
Then we spot the egg sac in the gorse bush at the edge of the web:
It’s a stunning woven flask, much bigger than she is, held in a tangle of threads.
What an incredible structure to weave. I hope there will be many more Wasp Spiders here next year.
Here’s illustrator Jo Brown behind the spider:
Maybe it’ll end up in volume 2 of her nature journal, Secrets of a Devon Wood?