|5-spot burnet moth|
Arachnophobes look away....
|The silk producing culprit... a Nursery web spider??|
Can't say I have ever particularly taken an interest in identification of these 8 legged creatures, but recently anything and everything is catching my attention! I used this website http://www.uksafari.com/spiders.htm to try and identify the spider above but if anyone can suggest another site which may be better that would be great :)
We also saw a number of damselflies and numerous small tortoiseshells. Another 6 legged friend we heard before we caught a glimpse. Its powerful wings vibrating at an impressive speed. Our first dragonfly on patch. Not sure of species because it darted off before we got a good look.
|Small tortoiseshell amongst the thistles|
Every time I step out of my front door I feel lucky to be surrounded by wonderful countryside and an incredible variety of insects, plants and birds!
I nearly forgot... before I donned my wellies and disappeared off to worthy farm for a week, both my mum and I were lucky enough to see cream spot tiger moths. I saw one on a walk the other day, mum saw one at work then we had a fresh individual in the garden too. Our garden visitor wouldn't have chosen our grass to rest on had it known we have a playful puppy who tries to catch bees, flies and yes moths too. Mum quickly rescued it before Bracken pounced! It was a cracking specimen, but due to doggy circumstances the photo doesn't really do it justice. There were also a few freshly emerged red admirals, the first of the summer anyway.
|Cream spot tiger moth|
|Red admiral feeding on the valarian|
|Red admiral sunning itself|
That is all for now folks! I hope you have enjoyed post full of winged and 8 legged critters :)