|The Stag Beetle Lucanus cervus|
Monday, 27 January 2014
Monday, 20 January 2014
The House Spider Tegenaria gigantea
|The Garden Spider Araneus diadematus|
The House spider has very long legs, especially in the male. The body is brown, heavily mottled with black, with a number of clear chevrons towards the rear. The house spider builds a triangular web, then hides in a tubular retreat in a corner and waits for flies and other insects to become entangled. Females live for several years, surviving for months without food. Their habitat is, in and around houses, especially sheds, other out buildings, and also in open countryside, particularly in the south. Seen throughout Europe. The male Garden Spider Araneus diadematus is 5-8mm and the female is 10-12mm.It makes a large symmetrical orb web which acts as an aerial trap for flying insects. This spider made it's web just outside one of my windows, so I took some photos inside and some outside.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Friday, 10 January 2014
|The Dingy Skipper|
Sunday, 5 January 2014
The Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Some fishermen were gutting fish not far away from where I took these shots, and threw the heads to the waiting gulls and the Turnstones got in on the action. They run really fast, and this one got there before a nearby gull.
There were a small group of them on the rocks and down below on the seaweed covered stones.
No matter how I tried I couldn't get a decent shot, especially one showing the eyes whch were very dark.
I'm posting this shot to show you the size of the Turnstone in comparison to the Herring Gull,. It almost disapears amonst the seaweed.