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Different from other spiders in the family Agelenidae, the A. labyrinthica, has a set of at least four trichobothria on the upper side of their tarsus of the first pair of legs. A. labyrinthica have approximately 25 trichobothria per walking leg. These hairs help the spider detect prey that has been caught in its web, or even prey that is near enough to cause vibrations in its web. The trichobothria hairs essentially… Read More

Mooching around North Pond Chain late last evening, a nightingale sang in that oak tree.

I’m sitting on my favourite Swamp seat: a pile of logs made from two chainsawed wooden telegraph poles. A buzzard circles, lazily, high above on a rising thermal. A kestrel hovers close by, its eyes fixed on the wavering grasses below. It’s a hot evening with a very light breeze; in fact, it is a very pleasant evening indeed. I’m surrounded by cattle stretched out, unseen, in tall grass, enjoying the warmth… Read More

The whole herb is styptic and its main use was to stem the flow of blood. The plant also yields a yellow dye. The stem produces a strong fibre. Hedge woundwort is a food plants used by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including the moths Coleophora auricella, C. lineolea, and C. wockeella. It is also widely used by the European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum), which scrape the hairs from the… Read More

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