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Plants for Bugs

RHS research project monitoring insects in native and non-native garden border plants.

Stripes are in

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 16 Nov 2012 at 09:01 AM

 

You'd be forgiven for having to look twice at this picture to see what's there. And harder still to see what's going on.

 

Perfectly camouflaged for sandy soils, the spider Arctosa perita pins down another of its species (presumably a female attacking a male??) on one of our Plants for Bugs plots. Their distinctive stripey legs and mottled body mimic the light and dark sand grains. They live in burrows and are known to have a habit for scurrying quickly across the soil then stopping suddenly and fanning out their legs. If these two hadn't been having a 'domestic', there's little chance we'd have spotted them against our soil.

 

So, for those fashion conscious among you, stripes are definitely in this season!

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