l am fascinated by the many spiders here in Turkey,and there is one that stands out from the rest.The ladybird spider,because of it's distinctive back resembling a ladybird.
l copied these photos from, a webpage by Dr.Peter Merret.Even though l have taken many photos of this species of spider,these are far more clearer then mine.
Here is an attractive male ladybird spider.The males abdomen is brightly colored orange with distinctive four black spots and two smaller oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s.And the length is about 8mm
The photo of the female ladybird spider,is black and velvety.Both sexes have big heads.A lot bigger then the male,about 16mm
The female spider lives in burrows under ground,with their cleverly woven threads of silk around the opening of the burrow to catch their prey.As you go walking in the countryside of Turkey.You will see on the ground,burrows that are completely round,neatly dug out,and can just make out the protruding females legs,ready to pounce on any unfortunate insects that comes in range.
The attractive male only emerges for two weeks in May to seek out a female.Once he has homed in on a females burrow.He cautiously plucks at the silk trip threads to let the female know in a special way,to distinguish him from prey.or he had it,if he has no idea how to play with the silk threads.
I have never heard of a ladybird spider to attack humans.Whether their poisonous enough to inflict such harmful bites,l am not sure of.But l do know that the bite they inflict on insects is enough to paralyze them to consume at leisure.
These are non-aggressive spiders.They will not attack unless provoked.