Folk Stones

19,240 individually numbered stones stand for the exact number of British soldiers killed on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

By Mark Wallinger. The Leas, Folkestone.

Salticus scenicus

It is so nice when a Jumping Spider comes to say hello. 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.


Flies of the Diptera family Sarcophagidae (from the Greek sarco- = flesh, phage = eating; the same roots as the word “sarcophagus”) are commonly known as flesh flies. You can’t beat a flesh fly for all out grossness. This specimen is sucking on something vaguely jelly-like. Beautiful.

Looking Up

The Boy, pre-poo, at 06:30 hours. Looking up.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Macroglossum stellatarum, known as the Hummingbird Hawk-moth, is a species of Sphingidae. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. Chuffed to get one in the garden… on the new flowers I bought yesterday! Even more chuffed to actually get a decent photo of it.