Colourful wasp spider breeds at Cefn Ila

I was at Cefn Ila reserve on Saturday evening, and found my first wasp spider of the year, after its discovery at the reserve last year.

Nice to see they bred successfully last year since the adults don’t survive over the winter.

So far as I know, Cefn Ila is still the only site for this species in Wales, although as it is spreading I expect it to turn up elsewhere pretty soon.

Wasp spider spotted at Cefn Ila, with kind permission from Mike Kilner, WT volunteer

Wasp spider spotted at Cefn Ila, with kind permission from Mike Kilner, WT volunteer

Written by Mike Kilner, Woodland Trust volunteer.

Read more about the wasp spiders arrival in the UK in this BBC article.

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3 thoughts on “Colourful wasp spider breeds at Cefn Ila

  1. Whilst there I also found Roesel’s bush cricket (it was already known from the site from last year). This is another species with almost no Welsh records, and Cefn Ila was only the third Gwent record according to the local grasshopper recorder. Like Wasp spider, Roesel’s bush cricket is spreading. It is quite colourful – see a picture on my Flickr pages http://www.flickr.com/photos/69558099@N08/9487182679/
    Mike Kilner, Woodland Trust volunteer

  2. Further update about the wasp spider. I counted 5 adult females today, on a very casual search. Still not close to last year’s total of 25 in one day, and I haven’t seen a male yet this year, but the season is still fairly early for them.

  3. 10 wasp spiders today. The population looks healthy, since some of the ones I saw in the previous count were not in today’s count.

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