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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.


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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'.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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)!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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 sprayer.


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.


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