“Velvet Spider – family Eresida) pencil sketch and watercolour in Moleskine Watercolour Sketch-book – Maree

This black Velvet Spider has lived in the bark of an old log in my garden for approximately 2 years now and she lets me coax her out for a photographic sessions every now and then. These spiders are robust and deliberate in the way that they walk and she even allows me to gently stroke her abdomen and thorax, which is covered in thick, smooth, velvety hairs.

(See other insects at ART & CREATIVITY – http://artandcreativity-blogspot.com)