The Alien

... not really ... just the Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus) Yep ... if you really, really wanna ... feel free to click on the image to enlarge and click again to get even ... (deep scary voice here) ... closer … July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

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Burying The Dead

I initially found this gloriously decorated beetle called the Common Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus vespilloides) on my kitchen windowcill. You may notice it has a couple of passengers hitching a ride on its pronotum. These are Poecilochirus mites which don't actually harm the beetle, but grab a ride to the next burial site. These beetles have... Continue Reading →

Join The Clubiona

I found this little Clubiona sp. of spider under my green recycling bin hatch. Oh ... do not click twice on the top full face image unless you really want this nice spider right in 'your' face .... July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Zebra

These Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus), always appear to be quite territorial, and I only ever see them around the outside of my shed and garage. And boy do these little jumping spiders jump! Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer on the images … July 2019, rear garden, South... Continue Reading →

The Crab, The Bee And Three Flies

This mighty female crab spider (Misumena vatia) grabs itself a nice bee for lunch and these three little freeloader flies want their piece of it as well. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer ... only if you really want to. July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. ©... Continue Reading →

Caught In A Deadly Trap

I have never seen anything quite like this before. A butterfly snared by a crab spider. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer. July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

On The Edge … Again

Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … only if you want to look her in her many eyes! This is the crab spider Misumena vatia, and a lovely female on the edge of one of my flowerpots. June 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

In Death’s Embrace

Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … A sweat bee snared by a Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia). June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Aliens Amongst Us

It is quite amazing what you can find by lifting a leaf in the backyard and looking hard. This tiny little Snout Mite scurried about in circles and was hell to try and photo before it disappeared down a crack in a wall. This was the best image I got, and how strange it is.... Continue Reading →

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