Category Archives: Spiders

The Day That Sugar Rationing Ended

Hi, busy, busy today. I haven’t even done a flower post.

This is going to be my next one. (I think)

Self HealIt is a beautiful little wildflower called Self Heal. I chose it because it is quite an easy one and I thought that I could write it quickly and get it done today but I haven’t been able to do that.

Fizz has been pestering me to let her go on Facebook.

She has been quite a help to me and so I said, “well, okay then,” and I took her out today to let her choose her own wall.

Fizz's Wall

Fizz's Wall

Fizz's WallExcuse the quality but it was quite dull and she was a bit over excited. Anyway she found one that she liked and I think that it is a good choice.

Now I am old and I don’t really get Facebook but still I am helping her with the technicological side of things.

I have put a link to her Facebook page on my blog (top right) and I tried to help her more.

I tried to put some of my stuff on her wall but it isn’t appearing under her link???

My stuffI will sort these issues out for her, or I am not the technicological whiz kid that I think I am 😀

Now by all means be her friend but don’t expect lots of informative nature stuff, she is not exactly the brains in this organisation. She is more of “the cute one,”

You will get a lot of this…

Fizzand plenty of this..

FizzBut not a lot else.

She thinks that she will be good at this and maybe she will but as of today I have got 586 followers and Fizz has got No friends. Zero, Zilch, Not a one, Nobody at all!

In fact I have rushed this post out just so that I could say that. She thinks that one day, she will be the boss of me. 😀 😀 😀

So anyway I was helping her to register her account and fill in the forms and I said to her , “What do you want me to put for your birthday? You can’t be three. ” She said, “put 23.09.1953.”

Why? Well in the UK, following the Second World War, that was the day that… Oh! Read the title of this post!

There is such a thing as being “Too Sweet.”

From time to time people wander onto this blog to see nature and not cute little fluffy things… So here are some old pictures of a beautiful little animal.

Nearly forgot….

SPIDER ALERT!!!

This is a Green Orb Weave Spider, Araniella cucurbitina.

Green Orb Weave Spider

Green Orb Weave Spider

Green Orb Weave Spider

Green Orb Weave Spider

Green Orb Weave Spider

Green Orb Weave Spider

Fizz and I are still friends and she will always be on this blog, she is just branching out a little bit.

My little girl is growing up 🙂

I am well aware that I am behind with responding to comments and visiting you. I have set aside tomorrow and I will do nothing creative at all, I will just catch up. Thank you for being so nice.

Fizz will probably be quite active.

A couple of comments are alerting me that the feed on the side bar isn’t working. That will be why my hat isn’t coming up on her wall.

Try this Fizz on FB

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I know it’s got eight legs but..

It is pretty and it is very small.

FizzThis was the cutest animal that we could find today.

Metellina

Metellina

Metellina

I keep reading that it has got no common name but the British Arachnological Society tell me that it is called the Lesser Garden Spider, Metellina segmenta unless it is Metellina mengei The two species look pretty much identical.

These two species are the most common and abundant garden orb web spider in the UK. So if you find a spider in your garden there is a good chance it will look like this.

If it doesn’t look like this then just put “Spider” in the search box at the top of this post and you will see all of the other spiders that we have had on this blog. (Don’t do this if you are afraid of spiders)

Metellina

MetellinaThis is one of the prettiest spiders that I have found so far.

Spider Alert!

Warning: This post may contain Spiders!

Hmmm… What’s this?

Nursery Web SpiderThe great  thing about Spider’s webs is that they are quite easy to find and when you do find one there is very often a Spider near by. You just have to make like a near dead Fly.

This is the home of a Nursery Web Spider…. and here she is, Pisaura mirabilis.

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Pisaura mirabilis is the only species of Nursery Web Spider that we have in the UK so identification isn’t difficult. This one will be a female because I have found her guarding her web. These female spiders carry their eggs around with  them in a big sack that they carry under their body. When the eggs are close to hatching she will deposit them in the web and stand guard over them, which is where we are now.

I found a couple of these webs a few weeks ago but I couldn’t find an adult spider. Those webs were full of spiderlings, maybe they had eaten their mother.

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web SpiderSpiders are very into the idea of eating each other so it should come as no surprise to learn that mating often results in the male getting eaten.

He has a way of avoiding being ate and it is known as”thanatosis.”

Thanatosis comes from a Greek word which means “Putting to death” and it is used to describe the act of playing dead. Grass Snakes do it and so do possums and so does our Spider.

When a male wants to mate with a female he brings her a gift, “Eat this instead of me,” during mating he keeps one hand on the gift because he doesn’t want to lose it and if she turns nasty he pretends to be dead until she calms down again. Love is a dangerous game.

This particular Spider seemed to want to eat me or at least my camera, she kept running up grass stems and waving her legs in my lens, unfortunately she was getting so close that those shots were all out of focus.

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web SpiderShe is so cute 🙂

Nursery Web SpiderThat is our Nursery Web Spider and I shall be keeping an eye on this web for spiderlings.

While I was out here I went to check on our Labyrinth Spider, no babies yet.

Labyrinth Spider

Labyrinth Spider

Fizz and I have been out having adventures. Here is something that we found.

Labyrinth webThis large sheet web with a big tunnel at the back of it is the home of a Labyrinth Spider.

It is quite safe, we don’t have any dangerous Spiders in the UK and only a very small handful that even have the strength to pierce human skin and cause a bite.

That tunnel at the back  leads down into a labyrinth of smaller tunnels, hence the common name of the Spider and at the heart of the labyrinth is her egg chamber.

I am going to pretend to be a nearly dead fly and wriggle about on the edge of the web in the hope that she will come out and try to eat me.

Labyrinth Spider

Labyrinth Spider

Labyrinth Spider

Labyrinth Spider

Labyrinth SpiderI can’t get her out more than this without risking getting my arm bit off and also damaging her web and we don’t want either of those things to happen.

Labyrinth SpiderHer web is a marvellous piece of engineering and a work of art, I just wish that I could get deeper inside it. (Fizz held me back 🙂 )

Labyrinth Spider webLabyrinth Spider,  Agelena Labyrinthica.

Ever Been Growled At By A Spider?

This one saw me coming. I was eyeing up a particularly juicy looking fly that I didn’t think belonged to anyone and  well, it was hers.

Furrow Spider

Furrow Spider

Furrow Spider

Furrow Spider

Furrow Spider

Furrow Spider

Furrow Spider

Furrow SpiderThat is an orb weaver spider called a Furrow Spider,  Larinioides cornutus. An orb web is just a flat (normal) one spun between vegetation. The pile of garbage that she is being so possessive about is actually a shelter made of vegetable and animal matter that she has constructed to hide beneath when she feels threatened.

She didn’t feel threatened by me, nothing ever does.

It was this green.

“The unbelievable truth of tiny things,

is that they are as big as we are”

I borrowed that line from a poet. Now I am not a poet and nor am I a wordsmith but I have deep respect for them that are.

This is my best poetry. I feel deep love for these animals and express it as best I can. Wiver they ‘ave fur or feavers or something else.

Green Orb Weaver Spider Green Orb Weaver Spider Green Orb Weaver Spider Green Orb Weaver Spider Green Orb Weaver Spider Green Orb Weaver Spider

Lily The Pink?

Hi, I am just trying to make a Spider with Chameleon like properties defy nature and turn pink.

Misumena vatiaDamn!

Misumena vatiaNothing ever turns pink in my hands. I don’t seem to have that power.

Blue Tit Fledgling

What I am really doing is waiting for You tube to upload my Badger videos.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the very beautiful and colour fast Misumena vatia would like to present to you the very next post, “How Green was my Valley” A spider post.

Misumena vatia