Nature's Place

Dark Visitors

Mantis, there’s a few around the garden helping in their way to keep the balance so the garden goes on. Preying …

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Walking on water … The mother wolf spider carrying her brood. She couldn’t climb the side of the tray so I helped her along with a handy leaf.

Darkling beetle, a colourful fellow and carrying his own load – a few mites to be seen feeding on him. Such is life at times.

Drunken moth, imbibing at the fermenting orange. Apparently nature likes a drink now and again. Just not too much or you end up flying in circles.

They come and go as they please, creatures of day and night. They do what they do, according to their nature, no analysis necessary.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.

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  1. Betty Rich said, on 18/12/2022 at 8:15 pm

    I do admire your work …

    Betty

    • Mark said, on 06/01/2023 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks Betty.

      Message received and responded to.

  2. macmsue said, on 18/12/2022 at 4:52 pm

    That Wolf Spider certainly has a lot riding on her!

    • Mark said, on 18/12/2022 at 10:36 pm

      Yes indeed, like most mothers. Or any mother.

  3. Rose Robin said, on 18/12/2022 at 5:08 am

    Wonderful photos!

  4. kopfundgestalt said, on 17/12/2022 at 6:12 pm

    Every one of the 4 pics are great.
    I like the other wolf spider carrying her brood best. It came into the tray and should therefore have known of the difficulties to get out again or are they relying on their abilities?

    • Mark said, on 17/12/2022 at 6:55 pm

      Not sure how or why it went into the tray (a water tray for a pot plant, with a sheer edge) that when the spider approached the edge the surface tension, where it’s feet touched water, had the water lever appear to rise at the edge, creating a ‘downward’ force pushing the spider back out into the water. So it appeared to me.

      The wolf spider is a bit of a wanderer anyway, and the mother wolf spider with brood on board is a common enough sight. Not sure what’s going on but I suspect she’s looking for food for the young. A water surface might be a good place to find some.

      • kopfundgestalt said, on 17/12/2022 at 7:01 pm

        I’m watching a spider sitting on an ivy leaf at minus 8 tonight under its protection of threads, hoping for better times. The threads are still stretched over the spread. At plus degrees, some winter mosquitoes will certainly fall into the trap.


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