Change Of Shoes For Autumn? Check Them For Spiders

After a rainy day yesterday my morning walk meant a change of shoes to my waterproof walking boots. I haven’t used them since spring so gave them a check for the Brown Recluse Spider.

This is the only spider in Portugal that can cause any serious problems and most bites are from disturbing them. As the name suggests, they hide away and choose dry and dark places. Occasional shoes are perfect!

For more information on the Brown Recluse, read HERE.

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Morning Dog Walk: Female Napoleon Spider

I take a camera (although just my mobile today) along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

This morning I saw a Female Napoleon Spider in very typical surroundings on a Daisy-leaved Toadflax (Thanks for Marja for ID’ing this plant on yesterday’s Walk).

The Napoleon Spider (Synema globosum) gets its name due to the markings resembling a silhouette of Napoleon Bonaparte (I don’t see it myself!). The photos were shot and edited in Lightroom on my mobile as I didn’t take a camera this morning.

Napoleon Spider (Synema globosum)

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