Nature

Spiders


Picture by Caro Wilson

All spiders are predatory eight-legged creatures that have organs to spin silk at the back ends of their bodies. They are the largest part of the Arachnid family, a group that also includes scorpions and ticks. Spiders all have the ability to bite with venom-injecting fangs to kill prey and nearly all of them are poisonous (even if it’s just a little).

There are about 40,000 types of spiders in the world, living on every continent except Antarctica. And they’re not newbies: fossilized spiders have been foundin Carboniferous rocks dating back 318 million years.


This chap is one of the commonost spiders of the 650 found in the UK.  The Giant House Spider measues 120mm, and is most common in the autumn when the males leave their webs in search of females.   It is often the spider you find in the bath; they can run extremely fast, but only for a limited length of time before they have to stop to recover from their exhaustion.

Giant house spiders do possess a potent venom and can bite, but they do not usually pose a threat to humans.

Some more of Caro’s lovely wild flower pictures – look and learn!

It is well worth looking closely at these and those in the side margin, as you see so many wild flowers around our lanes and quite often may not know their names.  Good for children to learn too.  I think Caro should design fabric with some of her wild flower pictures – I would love something in the birds foot trefoil design!


Birds Foot Trefoil and Bittersweet

Valerian (on the left above) is a very familiar sight around the lanes.  Actually a garden plant, it just loves to spread everywhere.

Buttercups, often a nuisance to gardeners, are very pretty too.  But if  you have equines with only very thin white hair on their faces grazing a field with buttercups, they get something horrid, known as “buttercup nose”.  The poison in buttercups sears their skin which become blistered and raw.  Two of our donkeys, Aggie and her daughter Izzie, suffer really badly from this and also sunburn. So we have to plaster their nose with cream both to soothe and protect.

Nesting season on Rhoscolyn head

Nesting gull – Caro

  
Nesting choughs – Louise Littlewood

 
Ravens – Caro