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Eresus walckenaeri is a species of ladybird spider from the eastern Mediterranean and probably the commonest Eresus species in Greece. Only mature male ladybird spiders have the classic red body with four black spots, while females are velvet black or dark grey. The males do not mature until about 2 1/2 years and only reach a size of 6 to 11 millimeters. Females mature later at 3 to 4 years and grow larger, reaching 8 to 16 millimeters. The pictured male was spotted and photographed in Kassandra peninsula, Chalkidiki Greece.
Spotted on May 25, 2019
Submitted on Mar 24, 2020
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