Monday, 29 March 2010

COLD

What a day! It was very cold this morning, so no walk around the countryside for us today. Instead, Malcolm and i took the opportunity to take a little retail therapy around Aldi.
In the last few days we have seen some lovely signs of Spring, it seems such a shame that we have lurched backward into Winter. One sign of Spring the other day, was the appearance of some invertebrates in our garden. Firstly, an insect which as kids, we used to know as a Sun Beetle. It is actually a Ground Beetle with the catchy name of Pterostichus madidus.
Another small creature found trotting across our patio the other day was this little chap - a Striped Millipede (Ommatoiulus sabulosus) going about it's business oblivious to me and my intrusive camera lens.
An animal I have mentioned before on this blog, was to be seen jumping around on the fence. The tiny, Zebra jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus). It is unbelievable, how these little spiders can leap up and down vertical surfaces with such ease. How does it do that?
No sign of any bugs and beetles this morning, they would have been washed out in the rain.
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