Monthly Archives: June 2010

Mini Jumper

Mini Jumper
The zebra spider (Salticus scenicus) is a common household jumping spider. Like other jumping spiders, it does not build a web. It uses its four pairs of large eyes to locate prey and its jumping ability to pounce and capture it. Zebra spiders are often noted for their ‘curiosity’ when observed by humans; many seem aware of their audience and seem to respond to observation by raising their heads and studying the observer.

Sunny

Sunny
A tough photo to describe. Sun. Trees. Pretty.

Common Field Grasshopper

Common Field Grasshopper
This grasshopper is a strong flier, and is active in warm weather; on warm days it can frequently be seen sunning itself on walls, bare ground and paths. The song consists of chirps lasting half a second long.

Folkestone Harbour Railway

Folkestone Harbour Railway
Folkestone Harbour station is a railway station built to serve the port of Folkestone in Kent, and is one of three stations in the town. It is at the end of the short 1-in-30 Folkestone Harbour Branch Line, joining the South Eastern Main Line at Folkestone Junction. The branch and harbour station provided a rail connection for boat trains from London which connected with the ferry services to Calais and Boulogne.

The branch and station closed to regular passenger train services in 2001 although the line and station continued to be used by the Venice-Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) and railtours. As of March 2009 Network Rail intend to close the branch, and an association has formed to preserve it as a heritage line.

More Wolf Spider

More Wolf Spider
Pardosa amentata. These wolf spiders can be found amongst leaf litter at woodland edges, especially on sunny days. Like other wolf spiders they catch their prey by hunting rather than building a web.

The female carries her eggs in a round sack beneath her body. When the baby spiders hatch from their eggs the female carries the baby spiders on her back until they are big enough to fend for themselves.

Purple Poppy

Purple Poppy
Purple Poppies are so cool! We had a couple appear last year, but the self-seeding nature of the Poppy has led to at least fifteen flowers this summer. The neighbours are actually asking for seeds. Bless.

Virgin Balloon

Virgin Balloon
This a balloon. We have Virgin TV. Spooky!

Adonis Blue

Adonis Blue
Very pleased and excited to have an Adonis Blue land in the garden at the weekend. The Adonis Blue is a species of chalk downland, where it may be found in warm, sheltered spots. The male Adonis Blue has brilliantly-coloured blue wings that gives this butterfly its name, and can be found flying low over vegetation, seeking out the less-conspicuous females that are a rich chocolate brown in colour. The distribution of this species follows the distribution of Horseshoe Vetch which, in turn, follows the distribution of chalk grassland. This species is therefore restricted to the south and east of England. This species lives in discrete colonies.

Toilet Cleaner

Toilet Cleaner
The vehicle cleans toilets. Lush.

Egg Sack

Egg Sack
A Wolf Spider with a big egg sack full of ickle spider babies. Now that was a pleasant and surprising find whilst laying on the back lawn 🙂