Wasp Spider Continues to Spread Across the UK

Exotic spider species seen when wild grasses allowed to grow.

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East Suffolk Council chose 40 spots across the district in June to ‘rewild’ – where grasses would be left to grow longer to help encourage pollinators and other wildlife. Within weeks, bugs, birds and insects have been enjoying their new homes.

Long grass areas allow pollinators to thrive without being threatened by pesticides. It turns the areas into mini-nature reserves.

One of the most striking outcomes has been the exotic-looking wasp spider. They are used to the sunny climates of continental Europe, so this is an indicator of climate change and the warmer temperatures being experienced in this country. They have only made the journey to the southern shores of the UK in recent years and now appears to be making a presence in Suffolk.

The wasp spider is visually pleasing and very large. Female wasp spiders are around the size of a 2p piece, with body marking resembling those of wasps and bees. But while they can bite, the creatures are not poisonous. The males, which are far smaller and brown, are often eaten by the females after mating. It builds large orb webs in grassland and heathland and attaches its silk egg-sacs to the grasses.

The 40 areas of public space across East Suffolk that’s been let to grow wild has already proved popular amongst the public. Feedback has been excellent and people are really on board to help wildlife. In fact, they are expecting over 100 sites over the next year.

People have engaged with nature during the coronavirus lockdown and it’s promising that people are really starting to appreciate it in their own community or garden. If you let your lawn grow, no doubt you will notice all sorts of wildlife start to emerge – crickets, butterflies, pollinators and bird life. Let’s rewild the land and ourselves.

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Story source https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/east-suffolk-re-wilding-scheme-success-1-6793877

Devoured male wasp spider https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ara%C3%B1a_tigre_hembra_y_macho_devorado_-_wasp_spider_female_and_devoured_male_(2672686158).jpg Egg sacs https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Argiope_bruennichi_(wasp_spider)_cocoon_-_eggsack,_Arnhem,_the_Netherlands.jpg

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