Sunday, July 13, 2008

Creepy-crawlies


A pretty lady Meadow Brown

A dull male Meadow Brown

Green-veined White

Something clever seems to have constructed a tent from leaves and silk. Spider expert Ian Dawson tells me it's 'a web of the Nursery Web Spider Pisaura mirabilis.

'She carries her eggsac around in her jaws until ready to hatch when she attaches the eggsac to some vegetation and spins a protective silken tent over it. She normally stands guard until the young spiderlings hatch. These stay within the protection of the tent for a few days until their first moult when they disperse.

'A widespread and common spider. You often see them basking in the sun on leaves low down in early summer.including in the Lodge main border.'



The aptly-named Large Black Slug

Fly inside Bindweed

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D + EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, or Canon Powershot A640