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Raft Spider. | by Sandra Standbridge.
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Raft Spider.


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One of Britain’s biggest, and most endangered spiders, Typically living on the edge of pools in fen and marshlands, the spiders lie in wait for their prey, with their front legs out on the water, ready for action. Once a suitable dinner has been spotted, the spider literally glides across the water surface to grab it. Although they prefer to eat other smaller spiders or insect larvae, tadpoles and even fish are on the menu.

Another first for me, taken on a recent trip to Dorset with my 100mm Canon lens.

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Taken in April 2012