Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dalgety Bay - Bay of Spiders

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.

- Walt Whitman

Segestria senoculata - a crevice hider

Araneus diadematus

Harpactea hombergi - nocturnal louse hunter on trunks

Nocturnal ramblings returned little by way of moths, but the spidering was good. Cleopus pulchellus was a welcome addition to my and the county's lists from a small patch of Scroph nodosa.

List additions:
347 Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus  A bug hemiptera
348 Athous haemorrhoidalis A Click Beetle coleoptera
349 Cleopus pulchellus A weevil coleoptera
350 Tachina ursina A tachinid fly diptera
351 Ametastegia pallipes A sawfly hymenoptera
352 Formica lemani An ant hymenoptera
353 Ganoderma applanatum Artist's Bracket fungus
354 Araneus diadematus A spider spider
355 Harpactea hombergi A spider spider
356 Nuctenea umbratica Walnut Orb-weaver spider
357 Segestria senoculata A spider spider
358 Forficula auricularia Common Earwig dermaptera
359 Drepanosiphum platanoidis Sycamore aphid hemiptera
360 Cheilosia pagana A hover fly diptera
361 Platycheirus albimanus A hoverfly diptera
362 Platycheirus angustatus A hoverfly diptera
363 Suillia affinis A heleomyzid fly diptera
364 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel lep-moth
365 Myrmica ruginodis Red Ant hymenoptera

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