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I did read that most bites occurred when people squashed them by mistake or they were trapped in clothing. Very frightening. Did they find the spider to get an accurate diagnosis?
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No she didn't do anything about the bite while she was away, we found out what it was when she went to the doctors on the Friday.
We get plenty of these at home anyway so she already knew what it was.
Have just been out and used the hose to water the garden. TBH, it's no bother, it just sits there, so unless I do something stupid I'll just leave it to get on with its life. Now I know what it is I feel more comfortable about it.
Been very busy painting the exterior walls of our new property, so haven't done much in the way of photography in the last week or so. However, have noticed one or two baby hedgehogs running around feeding at night, so will put the camera traps out tonight and see if I can cobble together some sort of video over the next few days
Have just got a good look at one of the two juvenile wood pigeons that have been nesting in our laburnum tree. Obviously enjoying a good drop of rain. I think these are about 3 weeks old and are doing a lot of flapping about but I've not actually seen them leave the tree yet. Mum's still around anyway. Really cute.
And a few minutes later, the first fledgling.
This morning I had the sad experience of seeing the rat actually catch a juvenile starling on the ground and run off with the poor bird screeching. It was so horrid I finally got round to setting the rat trap. I HoPE we'll get it and not some poor unsuspecting creature but if it doesn't work we'll have to get the rat man in. I've never had this problem before and it's certainly upset all the bird feeding.
I wonder if this is normal rat behavior. I've not heard of them catching live prey before.
I have more Muntjac deer than I did this time last year, lots and lots of barking a few new babies with possibly a few more on the way.
This one is not one bit timid and eats from my hand.
Aw, wanna swap Paul?
Bill Oddie has to go in search of them.
And I get them banging on my back door
I think it was flying ant day today.
The last few nights our cats have been snacking on these, they fetch them in, let them fly around for a bit then eat them, I`m guessing there Elephant hawk moths but I`m no expert
yep, Elephant hawk Moth (looks like the male from the large antennae)
(I once found a pupa of one in the garden and was determined to photograph it hatching so sat with it until 3 in the morning. Went to be and got up 3 hours later, when it had hatched - but I got some good shots of it expanding its wings )
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So had the cats, they had been fetching them in as well
Berberis Sawfly caterpillar (Arge berberidis)
It is a newish pest first found in UK in 2002. It also affects Mahonia. Berberis especially the purple and pink leaf varieties seem to be the favourite. A heavy infestation can completely de foliate the plant in a matter of days. Recovery is slow but in most cases half the plant dies back.
The Royal Horticultural Society are currently doing a survey on the spread of this pest. Have a look around your garden and if you find it send details to the RHS.
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