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Garden Bioblitz 1st June 2014

We decided to take part in the Garden BioBlitz this weekend and so, on Sunday afternoon with camera in hand, we took a two hour jaunt around the garden to see what we could see. Aside from all the usual birds that chomp away on the feeders, we spotted quite a few other garden visitors; most are welcome but a couple perhaps not so much if you are trying to grow vegetables! Here are a few of the sightings… hope I have the Latin names right!

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Bug hunting amongst the nettles.

Yesterday, we went bug-hunting amongst stinging nettles and other plants bordering a field behind Llandaff Cathedral. The weather was mainly overcast with occasional brief bursts of sunshine and a brisk breeze. These are just a few of the beasts that we spotted in an hour or two before succumbing to the desire for coffee and cake.

The Spider and the Fly

Female Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)

This spider looks quite stunned by the flash on my camera as I caught her wrapping up this hapless fly in her silken web. Garden spiders are so common that we don’t notice them much. I think they are quite beautiful and I love it in when their webs trap the morning dew and hang like strings of pearls on the bushes.

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