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Alex Hyde / European cave spider (Meta menardi) pendulous egg sac containing its brood of young, hanging in cave, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire. November.
Alex Hyde / Common Orb Weaver (Metellina sp.) male. With the camera at a very precise angle to the sun, the silk of the web refracted the light into a rainbow of coloured bands.
Theo Bosboom / Long jawed orb weaver spider (Tetragnatha extensa) catching Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) as it emerges from its nymph exoskeleton, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.
Alex Hyde / European cave spider (Meta menardi) on ceiling of cellar. Worcestershire, UK. April.
Alex Hyde / European Cave Spider (Meta menardi) in limestone cave. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. January.
Alex Hyde / Egg sac of European Cave Spider (Meta menardi) suspended from roof of limestone cave. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. January.