Raft spider

Arachnid

Description

The Raft spider is a large spider that lives around the edge of ponds and swamps. Adults sit at the edge of the water, or on floating vegetation, with their front legs resting on the water's surface in order to feel for the vibrations of potential prey. Using the surface tension of the water, they chase out onto the water to catch their prey, which can even include tadpoles or small fish. Raft Spiders will also swim underwater, often diving beneath the surface when threatened.

The Raft spider is a large, rich chocolate-brown spider, with a pale yellow stripe running down each side of the body.  Raft spiders can be seen at Wem Moss and Fenn's and Whixall Mosses.

Raft Spider

Share this page

Did you know?...

There are lots of ways that you can get involved!



What's going on?

News

12
jul

Where wetter is better.

Celebrating International Bog Day

20
jun

Plans for bird hide at Morris's Bridge

The fields adjacent to Morris's Bridge have become an important site for a variety of bird species.

Get involved

Events

30
aug

Moth Trapping and photography workshop

An activity over two days which will show you how to trap and identify the various moths living on the Marches Mosses.

07
sep

Late Season Dragonfly Walk

Another chance to see how the dragonfly population have been affected by the changing seasons.