Submitted by AJ Cann on Fri, 06/11/2020 - 08:17
    Common Fox Spider

    Be careful what you click on. More...

    Each month Google sends us a report of what happened on the NatureSpot website in the previous month. Last month, NatureSpot turned up in 3.6 million sets of search results on Google. And what was the top click from all those searches? The Common Fox-spider - Alopecosa pulverulenta. This is odd, spiders aren't usually that popular...

    Of course there is a logical explanation. If we delve a bit deeper and look at the top search query, we see it was "great fox spider poisonous". That's odd - there're not poisonous, although I'm not sure what they taste like (oh I see, you meant "great fox spider venomous"), and the second most frequent terms "fox spider" and "wolf spider uk". Now it makes sense. Even BBC Springwatch, which seems to use "cute" every other word now, featured the rediscovery in Surrey of the Great Fox-spider, Alopecosa fabrilis, on the program last week. We don't have Alopecosa fabrilis in VC55, and with its dependence on sandy heather heathland we're not going to, but what we do have is one of the most popular natural history sites in the UK. And Google. Just be careful what you click on.