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Southern Hawker Migrant Hawker

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Ichneumon sp. Brimstone

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Willow Emerald Damselfly Large Garden Bumblebee

BC Hummingbird Hawk.....

A Hobby was soaring high over Marina Park, Burgh Castle (5th) and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth visited the garden Buddleia at Burgh Castle around 19.00 (6th) all too briefly. A female Southern and Migrant Hawker and Common Darter were also visiting the garden and both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard.

What else would you find in a rabbit hutch?

Buddleia leaves in the garden at Burgh Castle, showing the workings of Leafcutter Bees were finally photographically recorded today (7th), although the circular incisions had been noticed previously.
During the deconstruction of a rabbit hutch (purely used for storage and not for inappropriate housing for rabbits aka ‘A hutch is not enough’) appropriately enough, a Steatoda bipunctata aka Rabbit-hutch Spider was found. A very media hyped-up genus, named ‘False Widow Spiders’ and given a fearful reputation by those involved in making up a story, which strikes fear into the public domain, a large proportion of which, already with Arachnophobic tendencies!
S. bipunctata and S. grossa are both native species but seem to have been put into the ‘false widows’ description along with S. nobilis (the more infamous species of recent times) which although not a native species, has been here since 1879! Bites apparently resulting from a ‘false widow’ have been highlighted out of all proportion and the cases highlighted appear to involve individuals with an allergic reaction to these spider bites, similar to the allergic reactions to bee and wasp stings.

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An animal which lives in groups and occupies extensive areas in the wild contained in a hutch? Time to disasociate Rabbit & hutch both verbily and in practical terms!

The work of Leafcutters

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S. bipunctata

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