This is but a small plant pot, and I know you may think this odd, but I just grow a clump of moss in it all year round and nothing more. It appears to attract some varied wildlife (especially if you lift it up and look underneath it) and this Philodromus sp. crab spider was... Continue Reading →
I was photographing another species of spider on a plant pot (a lot seems to happen on this plant pot for some reason?) and this one came along. I think it is a young Clubiona sp. and it was so small it was getting lost amongst the moss leaves. The darn thing would not keep... Continue Reading →
... 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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →