This spider hides under bark of trees, gateposts, or wooden fences by day, but emerges just before dark to spin its orb web. This is a dark individual, but often the central abdominal pattern is edged with white.
These 2 pond skaters appear to be feasting on the leaf hopper Cicadella viridis. It reminds me that we haven’t got a lot of pond skater records for Wyre and should aim to rectify that in the near future.
This excellent photograph was taken by Jon Cartwright and shows how attractive the male Broad-bodied Chaser is. This species is often seen over shallow, sunny ponds where between periods of active flight it perches on waterside vegetation.
It is good to know that Matthew Lissimore is still taking some great bird photographs in Wyre. Here are some excellent shots taken in the forest this year.
It is good to know that Dark Green Fritillary butterflies are being recorded again this year in various parts of the forest. Their flight season is usually between the middle of June to the end of August. Thanks to Jon Cartwright who sent in these shots.