Friday, 29 June 2012

Cave Spider - Meta menardi

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Whilst cleaning out a building at Cromwell Bottom a couple of weeks ago we found a male cave spider behind a cabinet. As far as I know this is the first record on this site. We have a few locations in Calderdale, the closest is in Copley about 3 mile to the west.
It is a specialist in only occurring in dark places, as its name suggests. They are a large harmless spider up to 5cm leg span but are very docile and very unlikely to give you even a nip. They build a large Orb web similar to a Garden spiders.

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