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Image Taken on 11 Sep 2016
at 09:06 Image of day on 30 Oct 2016
The high humidity overnight turned many plants into shimmering lace.
Natural appearance without use of a water sprayer.
Ref: 20161030_df3_20160911_0906_207 asparagus fern with spider webs all soaked in dew (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 07 Jun 2016
at 12:06 Image of day on 19 Jul 2016
In the conservatory we saw this bee (upper left) get caught in one spiders
web, escape, but a minute later falling into a similar trap where the spider
rushes out to secure the catch. In the process the Bee manages to
remove a leg of the spider. Apparently the legs will re-grow at the next
spider moult - spiders sometimes self-amputate legs to escape and
this may well be what happened here, although in the end the spider 'won'.
Ref: 20160719_df3_20160607_1206_057+1206_062+063 bee caught in spiders web attacked by spider who loses leg 1+3+4 of 4 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 24 Jun 2010
at 13:36 Image of day on 01 Aug 2010
Meanwhile this Dunnock adult is obviously still hard at work collecting
food for his chicks somewhere nearby.
Ref: 20100801_d35_20100624_1336_028_fb4 dunnock carrying insect or spider in beak(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010
at 01:02 Image of day on 10 Nov 2010
A couple of mice spent quite a while feeding quietly on the top of the
tree stump, but never aligned themselves nicely together -
so we have 'cheated' with an accurate montage.
The harvestman spiders far exceed the number seen in previous years.
Ref: 20101110_d35_20100912_0102_138+0113_140_fb4 2 fieldmice (wood mice) & 2 harvestman spiders feeding on tree stump (montage for 2 good views)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 09 Sep 2010
at 20:22 Image of day on 02 Nov 2010
Carrot tends to get nibbled for a day or so before suddenly
disappearing. On the side of the tree stump is a harvestman
spider that looks like it has FAR too many legs because the legs
and their shadows looks very similar.
Ref: 20101102_d35_20100909_2022_178_fb4 young fieldmouse (wood mouse) + carrot + harvestman spider with leg shadows(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010
at 07:54 Image of day on 07 Nov 2010
Same web, same spider, from the sun-lit side.
Ref: 20101107_df1_20100912_0754_025 garden spider bottom view on dew drenched web (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010
at 07:51 Image of day on 07 Nov 2010
A wet morning produced some wonderfully bespangled webs. The spider you can see in the
middle of the web has the common name 'Garden Spider'.
Apparently the glue on the web stays sticky even when wet, but we
can't think the covering of dew drops does anything for the
'stealth' aspect of the web!
Ref: 20101107_df1_20100912_0751_012 garden spider on dew drenched backlit web (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 15 Sep 2007
at 17:51 Image of day on 20 Oct 2007
Spiders have pulled this stem of grass into an almost
abstract art form.
Ref: 20071020_p34_20070915_1751_397 grass seedhead pulled into spiral by spider silk (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 06 Sep 2008
at 10:47 Image of day on 26 Sep 2008
A Harvestman spider, first seen this year in the image
for 19 Sep 2008, is this time seen mid-morning
on buddleia leaves.
Ref: 20080926_p34_20080906_1047_543 harvestman spider(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 29 Aug 2008
at 03:44 Image of day on 19 Sep 2008
An assortment of creatures including a Harvestman spider on the
apple at the left, and a slug on the apple at the right. Oh - and
a fieldmouse (wood mouse)!
Ref: 20080919_d3b_20080829_0344_035 fb1 harvestman spider on apple and fieldmouse (wood mouse) on log(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 20 Oct 2017
at 12:58 Image of day on 29 Nov 2017
While cleaning out camera box this largish spider literally crawled out of the woodwork.
Here it is coaxed onto a gloved hand.
We took some 'prettier' pics of it on the leaf litter, but it is surprisingly difficult
to see it.
Ref: 20171129_d72_20171020_1258_009 spider (5cm overall length) found in camera box for fb2 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 15 Mar 2014
at 11:08 Image of day on 01 May 2014
While refurbishing one of our automatic camera setups we found several of these
small brown spiders running about under the base.
This one is shown where we found it on a piece of tanalised (pressure treated)
timber used to support the base carrying the equipment.
Ref: 20140501_p10_20140315_1108_698 spider araneus cucurbitinus young brown form found in dismantled fb1 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 05 Oct 2013
at 10:47 Image of day on 04 Dec 2013
This spider has this Cranefly caught in its 'invisible' web at
the edge of a pond. We never really could get a good angle but
this should give you an idea. The Cranefly has the long body and
the much smaller spider is attacking the cranefly's head end.
Ref: 20131204_a77_20131005_1047_039 spider attacking cranefly caught in its (invisible) web (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 12 Oct 2008
at 09:53 Image of day on 28 Oct 2008
The morning was drenched with dew, with hundreds of webs down the 100m east
fence now overgrown with Blackthorn. Most of the webs are disorganised tangles but
about 10% take some classic form, as here, complete with builder and natural dew.
Ref: 20081028_p34_20081012_0953_368 spider in dewy web in east fence blackthorn (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 29 Jul 2013
at 04:03 Image of day on 17 Sep 2013
Spider on the shell of a
Snail clambering on
Potato peel resting on the
Tree stump top
Ref: 20130917_d36_20130729_0403_040_fb4 spider on shell of snail on food on tree stump (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 21 Oct 2007
at 10:45 Image of day on 20 Nov 2007
A sparkling tangle of spider silk drenched by a morning mist.
Ref: 20071120_p34_20071021_1045_590 spider silk(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 22 May 2010
at 16:39 Image of day on 02 Jul 2010
One sweep of the net over these frond produced both the damselfly and
this spider. Our quickly acquired Spider field guide indicates the ID.
Ref: 20100702_da1_20100522_1639_095_ft1 spider tetragnatha extensa (q) in fronds from duck pond (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Sep 2010
at 09:58 Image of day on 20 Nov 2010
The camera DOES lie - you can see these rainbows on dew spangled
spider webs by eye much better than they are captured by cameras
because the intense colours tend to overexpose and turn white.
While trying to catch the wanted effect on this occasion the
camera auto-focussed on the foliage behind, so the water
refracted colours show up much better.
Ref: 20101120_df1_20100930_0958_130 spider web in hawthorn hedge with water drops showing rainbow (crop from defocussed)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 11 Sep 2016
at 08:58 Image of day on 30 Oct 2016
The high humidity overnight turned the local spider webs into jewellery better
than that used to adorn a starlets neck.
Natural appearance without use of a water
Ref: 20161030_df3_20160911_0858_201 spider web on dead thistle plant heavy with dew (crop 2)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 27 Sep 2009
at 09:15 Image of day on 30 Oct 2009
Never seen a rainbow in a spiders web before. No faking or
winding up the colour, nor camera effect (have similar pics on
two completely different camera designs). Angle of view was very
critical and this was an attempt to get as much of the spectrum
at once. The sun was low in the sky to the cameras right shining
from the same side & there is no reason to think it is not
following the normal rainbow angular rules.
Ref: 20091030_db1_20090927_0915_014 spider web soaked in dew showing rainbow colours (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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