Other Insects

Kleptoparasitism in Water Crickets

A sight that may not be for the feint of heart – 9 Water Crickets (Velia caprai) engage in a feeding frenzy on an unfortunate fly that has fallen into this quiet backwater. This is an act of intraspecific kleptoparasitism, that is, the stealing of food acquired by other...

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Social Wasps – a case of bad press?

As anyone who follows my social media feeds may know, we were taking place in a little citizen science by surveying wasps across the farm at the end of August. The University behind the survey want to learn more about social wasps and they pointed out that wasps are...

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Camouflage

While attempting to climb through the thorns that life throws at us beware of aiming for false summits, a greater danger may be lurking there.

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Spider Prey

Perhaps not for those of a sensitive disposition, here’s a pair of photos showing a quite striking female Four-spotted Orb Weaver (Araneus quadratus). In both pictures our female spider is busy wrapping her fly dinner in a silken cocoon. There’s quite a colony of these spiders living in the...

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