Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Stretch Spider and a Dandelion Clock

Frost on the ground first thing this morning but fortunately it soon melted when the Sun got up.

There are lots of these Stretch Spiders which build their webs between the vertical leaves of my pond plants. I tried to get in close while this one was in the middle of its web but every time it made a dash for its hiding spot where it stretched out along the underneath of a leaf but still kept one leg attached to the web, just in case there was food about:

Stretch Spider IMG_7721

As children we used to blow on the seed heads of dandelions, the game was to tell the time by how many goes it took to blow all the seeds away:

Dandelion Clock IMG_7754

Both photos are hand held macro shots.

Great Tit;
The egg count has finished at eight and Mama is spending long periods on the nest with Papa bring a tasty grub to feed her every now and then.


  1. I have never noticed these spiders. It is a good one. You have Dandelions seeding, up here we are just getting Daffodils and daisies. I do like Scotland though as the daylight hours will soon be almost twenty hours. I will catch up. How is the wee dog?

    1. Adrian. They seem to specialize in building their webs over ponds and such like.

  2. That is one crowded nest - and it is going to get worse once they hatch. Lovely dandelion shot. Interesting spider behavior - cautious yet pragmatic.

    1. It could be Wilma. Last year seven out of nine eggs hatched.

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    1. Especially with those long front legs TWG.

  4. Perhaps those spiders were just doing their early morning yoga class??


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