Archive for October 12th, 2008

12th October 2008, Sunday

Spiders revealed

Misty mornings are the time to see just how many spiders are living all around us. A walk around Castle Water this morning showed how every Gorse bush (below) has thriving colonies of spiders as does the grassland and the marshes – everywhere seemed draped in strings of water droplets. Then when the sun burnt through the mist the spiders were at it again, drifting past on their long lengths of silk – ballooning (see here). I came home covered in silk!

gorse-webs

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12th October 2008, Sunday

A Good Morning

I ran the moth trap at Lime Kiln Cottage last night, though the turn out was very disappointing, with only six species and most of these either Setaceous Hebrew Character or Lunar Underwing. However, while putting the trap away, my other half drew my attention to a strange harvestman lurking in the back kitchen which turned out to Dicranopalpus ramosus (see here), only the second reserve record. Even better, another lurker on the ouside of the house turned out to be a Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis, see here), a recent arrival in Britain, and a first for the reserve.

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