Having returned from the wonderful Isles of Scilly on 4th October, I found myself rather bogged down with photo processing, blog post writing, gardening, time-consuming household maintenance works, and the making of Lindsay's Christmas present (an ongoing project which, hopefully will be completed in time!).
In consequence, I only ventured out once with the camera in the rest of the month, but I did take a few photos around the garden.
So here is what will probably turn out to be a rather short blog post - by my standards, anyway!
Warning! If you are an arachnophobe, you might now want to rapidly scroll down a way!
Wednesday, 6th October
While painting the garden fence, I had to pause to let this harvestman depart. Harvestman is a group of arachnids, but not spiders, of which there are several species in UK, but many more worldwide. This one had lost one of its front legs
|harvestman (Leiobunum rotundum) (male) - Garden on 6th October|
At this time of year, we seem to get many Garden Spiders in the garden. The Garden Spider is one of our most common and largest spiders and makes a large web of the sort that features in halloween motifs. It rushes to disable prey caught in the web, quickly encasing it in silk, as this one has done, before removing it to its larder for later consumption.
|Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus) - Garden on 7th October|
|Thortit Lake, taken from Google Earth|
|Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) - Thortit Lake|
|Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) (male) - Thortit Lake|
|Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis) (male) - Thortit Lake|
|Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) (female) - Thortit Lake|
|spider species - Thortit Lake|
|Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) (male) - Thortit Lake|