“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”
Jerome K. Jerome
Another instance of the boys finding something fascinating in the garden and fetching me and my camera to enjoy it.
Watching this spider deftly spin this wasp, well half of a wasp I think, and neatly wrap it in silk was really something.
Here’s one which was already hanging in the larder to season….
Of course, once one thing has attracted my attention and has me gleefully snapping away, I’m inclined to start to look to see what else I can find. There were lots of hoverflies about, but I was more interested in this harvestman….
…mainly because, until quite recently, I didn’t know that they existed. Not a spider, but related, it doesn’t produce silk, so can’t spin a web, nor does it have fangs, but it catches small prey using hooks on its long legs.
This forest bug, photographed on a different day, had a lucky escape – I was pruning a hazel which grows a good deal faster than the beech hedge it has invaded and so can often look a bit like a straggly cuckoo-in-the-nest when I spotted this bug on the underside of a leaf, just as I was about to shove it into the shredder.