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This female Eresus walckenaeri was found under a small rock in a small forest of Thessaloniki. It was about 20 mm long and was very friendly, since it stood still during the whole photoshooting. Amazing species, I hope I have the chance to encounter one of those again some day.
It prefers sunny, dry locations. These spiders live in up to 10 centimetres (3.9 in) long underground tubes with a diameter of about one centimetre. On top they are much wider and lined with cribellate silk. Many webs can usually be found in the same place, sometimes up to ten on a single square metre. E. walckenaeri mainly catches millipedes and beetles. Males walk around during September, searching for females. If it finds one, it lives with the female in her tube, and they feed from the same web. (source: Wikipedia)
Spotted on Nov 6, 2014
Submitted on Nov 9, 2014
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