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You spider—me Jane

PUBLISHED: 17:42 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 05 October 2010

Jane eyeball-to-eyeball with Araneus Alsine

Jane eyeball-to-eyeball with Araneus Alsine

Carmen Valino

SPIDER girl Jane O’Grady may only be four... but she’s not afraid of creepie crawlies. The tough tot turned up at Mile End Park in East London to get the dirt’ on the insect world. Ecology experts invited youngsters to find out everything there is to know about bugs, grubs and spiders

SPIDER girl Jane O'Grady may only be four... but she's not afraid of creepie crawlies.

The tough tot turned up at Mile End Park in East London on Saturday to 'get the dirt' on the insect world.

Experts at the park ecology centre invited youngsters to find out everything there is to know about bugs, grubs and spiders.

The kids joined spider enthusiast Edward Milner to track down the rare 'Mile End Spider' discovered in London's East End five years ago.

The spider, Araneus Alsine, is only found in a handful of locations across Britain. Mile End Park is one of them.

The park went 'creepy crawly crazy' for two days as a weekend holiday treat for the kids with activities such as dragon fly quests, pond dipping, bug box making and sweep netting.

It was all so much fun for a four-year-old like Jane, who learned a lot about some of the tiny 'residents' she shares her back garden with at home in Wanstead.


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