Congratulations and to Adrian, Jan and Keith for identifying the spider legs shown in close up last week.
I'm not sure which orb spider that is. Its web is next to a trellis and in each square of the trellis is a web. In the centre of each web is a smaller version of the spider. One is very tiny but all have the same black colour and white markings.
On to the new puzzle photo.
Clue: It will be quite a while before these 'a-wooing go'.
The Sleeper Awakes
Every night for the past two weeks Bobby has been checking to see whether there are any interesting spiky creatures about. About 8.30pm on Saturday he suddenly started wagging his tail and there for the first time this year was a Hedgehog which had woken from its Winter hibernation period. Last night I put out some crushed unsalted peanuts and soon after darkness had fallen there it was. It didn't move from the dish until every last piece had been eaten.
It will have lost a lot of weight during its Winter sleep and some extra high protein food will help it gain weight ready for the breeding season.
The male Blackcap is still visiting the bird table. For three days it has been on and off the table all day feeding for about a minute each time. I wonder whether it has recently returned to this country and is making up for weight lost on the journey. Unless there are more than one - difficult to tell. No sign of a female as yet.
An Ashy Mining Bee?
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