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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Kings Standing - Ashdown Forest

    Kings Standing is a Heathland situated in Ashdown Forest.
    It is known as one of The Eastern Clumps.
    It is between Maresfield and Hartfield on the B2188 by the
    junction of the B2026.
    Evidence of humans using this land dates back over 2000 years.
    It was used by Henry VIII to hunt Deer.


    31.05.2011
    09.05.2011


    Green Tiger Beetle
    Cicindela campestris
    Family - Carabidae 
    Order - Coleoptera 
    Very fast Beetle that chases down Spiders and Ants.
    They are all over the sandy paths.
    They take to the air to get out of your way.
    There are five species of Tiger Beetle in the UK.
    Cardinal Beetle
    Centipede
    09.05.2011
    31.05.2011
    You only see them when they move!
    Common Lizard
    Lacerta vivipara
    Also known as the Viviparous Lizard. The Female keeps fertilised eggs inside
    her body until they are ready to hatch. When the time is right she lays the eggs
    and immediately the young lizards hatch out.
    The smooth snake, the adder and the slow worm are also viviparous.
    Common Newt ?


    Labyrinth Spider
    Agelena labyrinthica
    Family - Agelenidae
    Genus - Agelena
    As the name suggests, these Spiders construct a network of
    tunnels with a tubular retreat main entrance which they sit in
    wait for prey to land on the extending sheet of web. They are
    found at groundlevel and higher up on gorse. The females construct
    a complex egg sac for their young at the centre of the labyrinth.
    Photo of egg sac by Gary Bradley of UKSafari.com : HERE
    They are often found sharing their webs with others of their kind.
    There is only one UK species.
    21.05.2011
    A Female Hunting Spider - Lycosid, carrying Egg Sac.
    Harvestman

    Agalenatea reddi
    Family - Araneidae
    Genus - Agalenatea
    Same family as the Common Garden Spider Araneus diadematus.
    Single European Species. These Spiders spin an Orb Web with a
    dense lattice of silk at the centre. They sit on a silken platform
    at the edge of the web where they wait for prey.
    I found this one (above) living over a sandy gully.

    Agalenatea reddi
    This one was living on rushes in a field on the edge
    of the Heath, behind a copse of trees. I could hear the
    loud buzzing of many bees whilst trying to focus on this
    Spider, which was swaying in the breeze. I was determind
    to get the shot so I ignored the buzzing. I got the shot
    eventually then turned around to see an ascending cloud
    of bees so I moved away slowly but surely.
    09.05.2011

    Lycosid
    09.05.2011
    Female Stone Spider
    Family - Gnaphosidae
    Genus - Drassodes
    In her silken cell under a loan, small rock in the middle
    of the path. She looks pregnant.
    Mangora acalypha
    Family - Araneidae
    Genus - Mangora
    Single species in the UK. Spins an Orb Web.
    Nice and easy to identify by it's distinctive markings.
    Harvestman
    21.05.2011
    Raft / Fishing Spider
    Dolomedes fimbriatus
    Family - Pisauridae
    Genus - Dolomedes
    I've been visiting a small bog / marsh at King's Standing for a
    few weeks now, I had a feeling tthat Raft Spiders were there as it
    is the perfect habitat for them. On my third visit I found this.
    I figured it was a Fishing Spider shedding so I looked some more.
    First sighting - took my breath away!
    These Spiders can catch tadpoles and small fish.
    They can run across water to catch prey and can even remain
    submerged, if threatened, for almost an hour.
    These Spiders fish for a living but when they move across
    water they look like a raft with paddles.
    Photo by C. Houghton
    Said to be the UK's biggest and most venomous Spider.
    An impressive creature.
    Said to be the largest and most venomous Spider in the UK.
    Definately my most exciting find to date. I coudn't stop
    shaking with adrenalin. Even felt a bit sick with excitement.
    There was two of them. One carrying an Egg Sac.
    They're recorded as being 22mm in length but I'd say this one
    was 30mm in length, if not more!
    They are from the same family as the Nursery Web Spider -
    Pisaura mirabilis
    Mothercare Spider
    Family - Theridiidae
    Genus - Theridion
    Living on Gorse. She was guarding a bluish Egg Sac and
    had a healthy appetite judging by the remains in her Web
    Mangora acalypha
    Family - Araneidae
    Genus - Mangora
    This Spider was living just inside a huge web that
    covered a whole gorse bush. I thought it must be
    caterpllars but it was covered in thousands of tiny
    red spider mites  - see next two photo's.

    This bursting bubble of Spiderlings was on the edge of
    a Labyrinth Spiders' Web.
    I found this Spider living in a long tube-like sac,
    under a clump of fallen moss, in the shadow of the
    roots of an upturned tree in the copse along the edge
    of the Heath. I don't know which species it is.
    31.05.2011

Stanmer Park


    Stanmer Park is situated on the A270 North-East of Brighton,
    West of The University of Sussex. The Park consists of
    over 5,000 acres of open and wooded land.
    I have been visiting the Park for many years and started
    photographing the scenery and wildlife there in 2010.
    09.06.2011
    01.11.2010
    10.11.2010
    01.12.2010
    02.12.2010
    07.01.2011
    13.01.2011
    24.02.2011
    28.02.2011
    28.03.2011
    21.04.2011
    03.07.2010
    07.08.2010
    15.06.2010
    16.04.2010
    08.07.2011
    01.12.2010
    02.12.2010
    24.02.2011
    07.08.2010
    01.11.2010
    Red Dead Nettle

    Hawthorn
    28.03.2011
    16.08.2010
    Primrose
    20.04.2010
    21.06.2010
    22.07.2010
   
    Dog Rose
    23.06.2010
    Breathing Space Garden
    08.07.2011
    Robin
    02.12.2010
    Buzzard
    Kestrel
    By the Earthship.
    24.02.2011
    08.04.2010
    Young Moorhens
    Moorhen with young.
    09.06.2011
    Owl Pellet
    16.04.2010
    I quite often hear an Owl hooting during the day but have not
    seen one at Stanmer as yet.

    We had great pleasure in meeting this Kestrel Fledgling.
    Sat in the rain, on a Gravestone, observing his new surroundings.
    The parents were sat observing from the Church spire.
    We took great care in keeping down low, moving very slowly
    and of course staying very quiet. None of the Kestrel family seemed
    disturbed by our prescence, so we took the opportunity to get more photos.

    The Sun came out briefly..
    I never imagined that I'd ever get Macro shots of a Young Kestrel!
    But that I did...

    A real privilege and a great honour for this encounter.
    One of those experiences where it seems time has stopped.
    As we walked away, the fledgling started calling to his parents,
    who called back. He then he started practising flying.
    Just as if he was waiting for their permission to do so.
    Nice of them all to take a break from the flying lesson!
    For a short Video on Youtube of this Kestrel - Click HERE
    Falco tinnunculus
    23.06.2011
    Buzzard nest?
    14.07.2011
    Grazing for Wildlife
    10.11.2010
    Deer print in the Snow
    01.12.2010
    Fallow Deer
    11.02.2011
    12.03.2010
    I spotted this lil fella and another digging around on the
    edge of the pond by the Church
    08.07.2011
    Frog Spawn
    27.02.2011

    Mating Common Toads
    14.03.2011
    Shield Bug
    01.11.2010
    16 Spot Orange Ladybird
    Halyzia 16-guttata
    They live on Mildew on Sycamore Trees.
    28.02.2011

    A type of Ground Beetle.
    More than 300 species in the UK.
    28.03.2011
    A type of Shield Bug.
    07.08.2010
    Flower Beetle
    21.06.2010
    21.06.2010
    Orchid Beetle
    Dascillus cervinus

    Mating Ladybirds
    21.06.2010
    Cardinal Beetle
    23.06.2010
    Wasp Beetle
    Clytus arietis
    These Beetles not only look like Wasps but they
    behave like them too. Sharp, jerky movements when they walk.
    They're disguise protects them from predators.

    23.06.2010
    Beetle Larvae in a chunk of rotten wood by the pond at Breathing Space.
    08.07.2011
    Leiobunum rotundum
    A whole colony hanging out on the roof of the pond house
    at Stanmer Organics.
    08.07.2011
    Harvestman, a relative of Spiders.
    01.11.2010
    Four-Spot Orb Weaver
    Araneus quadratus
    Crab Spider
    Xysticus sp.
    Guarding her Egg Sac
    Wolf Spider
    Pardosa sp.
    Labyrinth Spider
    Agelena labyrinthica
    Feasting on a Squash Bug (?)
    14.07.2011
    Common Orb Weaver
    Family - Tetragnathidae
    Genus - Meta / Metellina
    10.11.2010
    A type of Wolf Spider
    Family - Lycosidae
    More than 80 different species in Europe.
    Missing Sector Orb Web Spider
    Zygiella x-notata
    Spins an Orb Web with a section missing.
    Vacates retreat if disturbed and drops to the floor.
    This one was living against a window at the Earth Ship.
    Crab Spider
    Family - Thomisidae
    Genus - Xysticus
    Hunting on the Earth Ship.
    Zebra Jumping Spider
    Salticus scenicus
    Family - Salticidae
    Genus - Salticus
    These Spiders have amazing eyesight, they'll see you approaching.
    This one was also hunting on the Earth Ship.
    24.02.2011
    Common Orb Weaver
    Meta sp.
    Meta merianae (?)
    Living under a rotten log.
    27.02.2011
    Spiny-Legged Spider
    Zora spinimana (?)
    Family - Zoridae
    Genus - Zora
    Found under a lone chunk of chalk on the edge of a field.
    Many thanks to Gary Bradley of UKSafari.com for Id.
    Nursery Web Spider
    Pisaura mirabilis
    Family - Pisauridae
    Genus - Pisaura
    Single species.
    Same family as Raft / Fishing Spiders - Dolomedes sp.
    During the mating ritual, the male presents the female with
    silk-wrapped prey to keep her occupied.

    28.03.2011
    I think this is Neriene montana (?)
    It is a type of Money Spider of which there is over four
    hundred species. Most make Sheet Webs.
    Family - Linyphiidae
    A type of Wolf Spider
    Lycosidae sp.
    21.04.2011
    Female Common Orb Weaver with lunch!
    Meta sp.
    07.08.2010
    Female Garden / Cross Spider
    Araneus diadematus
    Family - Araneidae
    Genus - Araneus
    16.08.2010
    Female (Left) and Male (Right) Common Orb Weavers.
    Meta sp.
    Female Common Orb Weaver
    Meta sp.
    Nursery Web Spider
    Pisaura mirabilis
    Family - Pisauridae
    Genus - Pisaura
    20.09.2010
    I think this is a type of Predatory Sawfly.
    23.06.2011



    Chaser Dragonfly
    21.04.2011
    03.07.2010
    A type of Wasp or is it a Sawfly (?)

    Sharing Pollen..
    I think it's a Noon Fly
    Noon Fly?
    07.08.2010
    Scorpion Fly
    21.06.2010
    A type of Hoverfly
    Syrphid
    22.07.2010
    Bee Fly
    Bombylius major
    Family - Bombyliidae
    A fly that mimics a Bee for it's own protection.
    They have very loud buzz, easily mistaken for a Bee apart
    from a long rigid proboscis.

    25.05.2010
    Mating Grasshoppers
    Grasshopper defecating on my rucksack, charming!
    Bush Crickets (?)
    14.07.2011


    Banded Snail
    Centipede
    10.11.2010
    On the Earth Ship
    24.02.2011
    27.02.2011
    11.02.2011
    Banded Snails
    11.04.2010
    Sawfly larvae
    20.09.2010
    A type of Caterpillar - probably a Moth
    Black Aphids
    I think this is a Roesel's Bush Cricket
    Metrioptera roeselii
(?)
    21.06.2010
    A type of Woodland Moth
    On the fence at Stanmer Organics
    08.07.2011
    Six-Spot Burnet Moth
    Zygaena filipendulae
    14.07.2011
    Peacock Butterfly
    Inachis io
    22.07.2010
    Marbled White Butterfly
    Small Copper Butterfly
    08.07.2011
    Burnet moth caterpillar
    Water Boatman
    In the small Pond at Lindy Brook Tweed's 'Breathing Space'
    25.05.2010

    Entrance to 'Breathing Space' by Lindy Brook Tweed


    07.01.2011
    11.02.2011
    24.02.2011
    27.02.2011
    28.02.2011
    08.04.2010
    11.06.2010
    11.09.2010
    13.07.2010
    16.04.2010
    20.09.2010
    Living on Dung
    08.07.2011