Spiderlings and Slow Worm

Another garden post, but not for those who don’t like spiders (or even baby spiderlings). This seems to be the time of year when the common garden spider babies are making their presence known. A host of them have appeared scattered across the garden hedge, in small balls hidden in fine webbing.

spiderlings

The clumps are varied in size, but all of them are home to a thousand eyes and at least a thousand legs. 😉 These (or a small number them) will grow into the common garden spider (Araneus diadematus), the female of which is the large orb spider often seen sitting in a large classic web during the autumn months. In the galleries there’s a short sequence of their mating ritual.

spiderling

spiderling

spiderling

If spiders aren’t your thing, I suspect legless lizards (aka the slow worm) aren’t going to be either. But I could be wrong. This beauty was crawling across the patio yesterday afternoon.

Slow worm with tongue flicking out

Slow worm with tongue flicking out

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens, apart from the first photo which was taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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2 Comments

  1. derwandersmann June 2, 2014 at 2:16 am #

    The spiders are interesting, but the “portrait” of the slow worm is magnificent!

    • Words June 4, 2014 at 12:10 am #

      dW, thanks! I was pleased the slow worm came out into the open. They can be tricky to photograph in the undergrowth. Too messy.