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5 hours ago, spacecadet said:

Hercule the giant house spider (probably eratigena atrica). He was wandering about the kitchen floor so I put him under house arrest for a while.

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Not sure- I may have already put this up. Comet Neowise last month from the bedroom window.

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What happened to my little friend after his house arrest?

 

Allan

 

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Just now, Allan Bell said:

 

What happened to my little friend after his house arrest?

 

Allan

 

Evicted.

But he'll be back. We encourage spiders. One lived in our wing mirror for years.

I have some  amazing video of one trussing up a wasp in the kitchen the other summer. Didn't have a chance. Whiz, whiz, cocoon.

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1 minute ago, spacecadet said:

Evicted.

But he'll be back. We encourage spiders. One lived in our wing mirror for years.

I have some  amazing video of one trussing up a wasp in the kitchen the other summer. Didn't have a chance. Whiz, whiz, cocoon.

 

Ah. Pleased to hear that.

 

Allan

 

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2 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Ah. Pleased to hear that.

 

Allan

 

Oh we wouldn't lay a finger on most things. Even leave the wasps to the spiders as you know.

Ants in the house get short shrift though and the electric tennis racquet does a great number on mossies and bluebottles. Crack, smoke, gone🤩

Anyway Hercule was pretty massive. Need a complete Sunday Times to make a dent on his carapace, I think.

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I've recently discovered peacock spiders, a male and female, living in a clump of grass in the backyard. The male does elaborate dance moves to impress the female. I managed to get a photo of him, but not sure if he was just practising or whether there was a female out of sight watching that I couldn't see. I did see a female a few days earlier.

 

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I've been discovering so many other small creatures out there too. This one is an Australian Green Mantis who is good at pretending to be a leaf.

 

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And this one is a South-western Spiny-tailed Gecko catching some sun.

 

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3 hours ago, Sally R said:

I've recently discovered peacock spiders, a male and female, living in a clump of grass in the backyard. The male does elaborate dance moves to impress the female. I managed to get a photo of him, but not sure if he was just practising or whether there was a female out of sight watching that I couldn't see. I did see a female a few days 

 

 

 

 

Excellent images Sally, well done. Peacock spiders are fascinating.

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23 hours ago, gvallee said:

Excellent images Sally, well done. Peacock spiders are fascinating.

 

Thank you Gen! Yes they are truly fascinating. I've been enjoying seeing the recent images you've posted 🙂

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Catching up on the fantastic images! Beauty in nature is found everywhere, isn’t it?

Dave, I have two Monarch cats in my new butterfly cage, but not sure if they are ok. I got them off my swamp milkweed.  I haven’t seen them eat all day. I’m being a helicopter mom over them. I have floral tubes holding water to keep the milkweed fresh in the cage.

Love your Monarch.

Speaking of the milkweed. I go out every day and squish aphids. There was an infestation early on, but hey, I don’t mind yellow fingertips. Aphid guts. It washes off. But I did see an insect similar to a grasshopper (but not one) chomping on the milkweed. I grabbed it in my fist and it bit me. Sharply. I was horrified and jumped like a...er...grasshopper. I won’t do that again. I barely fought off panic. :D

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13 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Catching up on the fantastic images! Beauty in nature is found everywhere, isn’t it?

Dave, I have two Monarch cats in my new butterfly cage, but not sure if they are ok. I got them off my swamp milkweed.  I haven’t seen them eat all day. I’m being a helicopter mom over them. I have floral tubes holding water to keep the milkweed fresh in the cage.

Love your Monarch.

Speaking of the milkweed. I go out every day and squish aphids. There was an infestation early on, but hey, I don’t mind yellow fingertips. Aphid guts. It washes off. But I did see an insect similar to a grasshopper (but not one) chomping on the milkweed. I grabbed it in my fist and it bit me. Sharply. I was horrified and jumped like a...er...grasshopper. I won’t do that again. I barely fought off panic. :D

 

Better get checked out for Covid 19.

 

Allan

 

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Just now, chris_rabe said:

 

Love that with the reflection. 

 

Thanks Chris. It's not the best angle, I would have preferred more sideways, but it was a bit challenging from a moving boat. I got lucky with the light.

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5 hours ago, gvallee said:

 

Thanks Chris. It's not the best angle, I would have preferred more sideways, but it was a bit challenging from a moving boat. I got lucky with the light.

I think you nailed it. It's terrifying.

No competition from me! A female speckled bush-cricket, leptophytes punctatissima, found on our stained-glass front door and persuaded inside for a sitting. A bit camera-shy after a while, I don't think she liked the modelling light.

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She would only sit still on this ruler.

Nothing like nice clean antennae.

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This Robin has been around all summer. He was following me as I was landscaping our garden and I was feeding him worms as I found them. He’s really tame now and I was not much more than an arms length away when I took this..

 

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10 hours ago, Steve Hyde said:

This Robin has been around all summer. He was following me as I was landscaping our garden and I was feeding him worms as I found them. He’s really tame now and I was not much more than an arms length away when I took this..

 

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Aww, you’ve got a friend!    
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2 hours ago, Martin L said:

If people haven't seen these already, some are just amazing

https://www.birdpoty.co.uk/2020-finalists

Outstanding images. I like the one of the blackbird feeding a huge bird not of its kind. I kid you not, if a errant egg was laid in the blackbird’s nest, the parents were stuck with feeding an insatiable appetite. Not fair! 😊

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New Zealand Fur Seals like to hang out at the western end of Rottnest Island here in Western Australia. They loll about upside down with one flipper in the air. It seems to be very relaxing for them...

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On 08/09/2020 at 08:21, Steve Hyde said:

This Robin has been around all summer. He was following me as I was landscaping our garden and I was feeding him worms as I found them. He’s really tame now and I was not much more than an arms length away when I took this..

 

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It is amazing how many Robins only have one leg.

 

Allan

 

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11 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

It is amazing how many Robins only have one leg.

 

Allan

 

:D We have a variety of one-legged birds here. Not just robins.

Sometimes I’m a one-legged bird when I’m scratching a mosquito bite on the back of my leg with the other foot.

I like to think of myself like this. Graceful.  And yes, I’m a bit nosy.

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In actuality, I’m probably picking my nose on a bad-hair day.

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