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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Return of the native as ladybird spider reappears in Dorset

One of Britain’s rarest spiders has crawled back from the brink of extinction through a programme of captive breeding and re- introduction, and preserving its heathland habitat in Dorset.

The UK ladybird spider, named because of the bright red and black markings on the male during the mating season, had seen numbers shrink to a few dozen individuals on a single site in the county.

The ladybird spider was originally thought to have been extinct in this country since 1906 but it was rediscovered on Dorset heathland in 1979.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 17th February 2009

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