We had some excellent finds at Rye Meads yesterday including a Wasp Spider which is a first record for the reserve

The distinctive black and yellow stripes are used as a defence mechanism by mimicking wasp appearance in order to deter predators.

We also had great views of stunning Willow Emeralds in tandem! These jewel like damselflies are rare and recent colonists.

It's a great time of year for insects and spiders!