Generally speaking, spiders and water do not mix. If you’re an arachnophobe, ponds might therefore seem like a reasonably safe place to go to avoid eight-legged critters. There are, however, a small number of British spiders that are adapted to life on, and even in, the water.
Wait, what? Scorpions in the UK? Surely not! Aren’t scorpions only found in hot, dry environments? Well, it’s certainly true that scorpion diversity is greatest in subtropical regions, but these tough little arachnids actually live on all major landmasses apart from Greenland and Antarctica, and in virtually every terrestrial habitat.
September is spider season. It’s the time of year, as the nights begin to draw it and autumn starts to take hold, that arachnophobes in the UK fear more than any other. There you are in your living room, snuggled up on the sofa in the evening, relaxing and watching TV, when suddenly you see it – a large house spider with long, hairy limbs rapidly scurrying across the carpet in that unnervingly jerky way that so many people dread.