Mediterranean spider survives mild Belgian winter

Marbled cellar spider with eggs, photo by by A. Verbruggen, Belgium

From Belgian daily Het Belang van Limburg:

The marbled cellar spider, a species from the Mediteranean region, found in 2001 for the first time in Antwerp harbour, has survived this winter in the open air.

This weekend, this has been discovered by the Belgian Arachnological Society ARABEL.

This is remarkable, as most spiders brought from elsewhere do not survive our climate.

British warming and false black widow spider here.

Spider classification: here.

Giant tarantula video: here.

Petallidae: here.

Spiders in Singapore: here.

4 thoughts on “Mediterranean spider survives mild Belgian winter

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