Spiders, moths and wasps.

This morning whilst searching for any remaining Himalayan balsam, I had a look at the reedbed by Ivy silt pond. Tucked in behind the reeds, there is a fantastic patch of habitat with bog myrtle, sphagnum mosses, ferns and soft rush.  There was a wasp spider by the myrtle, short-winged coneheads and what I think is a raft spider.

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Blashford’s answer to Shelob, a female wasp spider waiting for a grasshopper.

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short-winged conehead nympth

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habitat

Can anyone confirm if this is a raft spider? I only managed one photo before if disappeared into the undergrowth.

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Raft spider?

The moth trap was pretty full today with 21 silver y moths, 15 canary-shouldered thorns, a herald and a red underwing the highlights. Unfortunately several wasps got inside the trap  during the night and ate some of the moths, so I have decided not to run the trap tonight. I even saw one sting and eat a pebble prominet moth.

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A very fresh blood-vein moth

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Red underwing with a receding hairline. Unfortunately it wouldn’t show it’s red under wings and flew off.

Birds today included 4 common sandpipers and a ruff on Ibsley Water, and the great white egret was reported on Ivy lake at 4pm. Also a mink was reported by the sand martin wall, if anyone see’s anymore mink on the reserve please let us know.

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