After an absence of nigh on twelve months, a call to come to the garden shed and ”Bring the camera!” had me scurrying Toot Sweet from my office this evening.
The dry weather, and what I can only imagine to have been some rather heavy predation from Pompilid wasps, the Rain Spiders have been more scarce than hen’s teeth. And having five hens I can vouch for this!
Seeing this youngster had me smiling from ear to ear. A real treat to have one back again. I can only hope that the upcoming seasonal rains will see a few more grace us with their presence.
This may be a male from the size of his pedipalps – but this is not certain – ( would be nice if it turns out to be female) and as handsome and healthy an arachnid you are likely to see.
He has already undergone at least one moult, as you can see from the old skin I found on the floor of the shed.