Once thought to be extinct: Britain’s great fox spider has been found again at a Ministry of Defence base

It’s not a good thing when scientists lose track of a species,media reported. It may be a good sign that a species is hard to find for five years, as it may indicate that it is in serious trouble, but when it has been gone for a decade, many people begin to think it has disappeared. So it’s conceivable that scientists in britain’s great fox spider, after it disappeared in 1993, have little hope of suddenly discovering it by 2020.

Incredibly, such a “miracle” really happened. The spider, one of britain’s largest spiders, was found today at a training base at the Ministry of Defence, the Guardian reported.

Once thought to be extinct: Britain's great fox spider has been found again at a Ministry of Defence base

Since it is a military base, the exact location of the site is kept secret. Mike Waite of the Surrey Wildlife Trust managed to discover the extremely rare spider during a nighttime expedition to the area.

Waite told the Guardian: “As soon as my torch landed on it I knew what it was. I am happy. It’s a great celebration because of the new coronavirus infection, which has seen a lot of ups and downs this year, and I’m 60 years old. If you like that kind of thing, it’s really a very beautiful spider. “

Waite suspects the spider is still alive, and based on how the spider hunts, he’s looking for the best place possible to find the spider. Exposed sand was Waite’s first choice when looking for spiders, and after investigation, he found both male and female spiders and sexless spiders.

Interestingly, the spider was found at the Ministry of Defence site. Because the sites where the Ministry of Defence works and trains are usually in a pristine state of nature, they have become sanctuaries for many species.

Waite will then conduct a wider search for the spider in the vicinity of the Ministry of Defence. He began to question how hard people were trying to find the spider, and suggested that it might actually be more common than anyone had previously realized. The fact that the spider re-emerged nearly three decades after its disappeared suggests that it can sustain itself well, but the mystery now is where it has been living during this time.