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Scarlet.Dragon

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Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« on: April 23, 2020, 10:37:13 pm »
It's April.... when normally the hedgerows, gates and fences are festooned with webs and silken threads sail in the wind.  Where are all the arachnids??? 
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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2020, 10:54:40 pm »
Don't know, but can't say I'm unhappy. 


"My" St Marks flies are also somewhat less obvious this year (so far) - again, thankfully.
« Last Edit: April 23, 2020, 10:56:24 pm by arobwk »

Fleecewife

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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2020, 12:48:13 am »
Don't know, but can't say I'm unhappy. 


"My" St Marks flies are also somewhat less obvious this year (so far) - again, thankfully.

Why would you not care about the absence of any species from the environment?  The loss of species of both fauna and flora is a major sign of the awful damage we are doing to our Earth.  Quite apart from the fact that spiders are wonderful creatures, they fill some extremely important niches, not least eating large numbers of unwelcome flies (but even flies are important in our ecosystems)
« Last Edit: April 24, 2020, 12:51:33 am by Fleecewife »
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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2020, 12:50:47 am »
It's April.... when normally the hedgerows, gates and fences are festooned with webs and silken threads sail in the wind.  Where are all the arachnids???

We have our usual number and variety of spiders here, although no gossamers yet.  I suspect the drought has something to do with your missing arachnids, possibly following on from the unusually wet winter.  They may well have kept some bird species alive over the winter, for example wrens and bluetits.
« Last Edit: April 24, 2020, 12:53:27 am by Fleecewife »
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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2020, 07:39:59 am »
All in my house  :roflanim:  :roflanim:
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Scarlet.Dragon

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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2020, 11:00:41 am »
All in my house  :roflanim:  :roflanim:

Yeah, my house spiders are fine too, it's the "money spiders" that seem to be missing round here.
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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2020, 11:56:35 am »
Seen a few in here but usually when it's raining
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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2020, 04:19:54 pm »
It's April .... when normally the hedgerows, gates and fences  ..... 

..... and arobwk and his tractor are festooned with .... silken threads

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« Last Edit: April 24, 2020, 04:51:31 pm by arobwk »

Possum

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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2020, 07:14:16 pm »
Masses of them here. Inside and outside. Including on the wing mirror of the car. Nothing there last night. At 07.30 today, huge web which lasted through 50mph.

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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2020, 11:33:34 am »
Masses of them here. Inside and outside. Including on the wing mirror of the car. Nothing there last night. At 07.30 today, huge web which lasted through 50mph.
Where were you able to drive to let alone at that speed?   :innocent:  Over the Border, we're allowed to drive 5 or 10 minutes only, and just to pick up groceries or medication.
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SallyintNorth

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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2020, 04:57:17 pm »
Loads of little nests of webs on the grass in the lambing field this morning, made visible by the dew.  I'm afraid my phone was low on juice (I've been sleeping in the lambing field in my caravan, off grid) or I would have taken some pics for you, SD.
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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2020, 03:28:17 pm »
Well, still no plague of baby spiders on my plot, but the St Marks/Hawthorn flies have now emerged in large numbers, later than usual.  I was thinking the v wet winter had largely done for them (as I never got round to trying a neem oil soil drench).   Alas not and it was unpleasant wandering amongst them today so I upped sticks and went wild apple searching instead (and found a new one in a spot I frequently pass !!).

Seems there is another Bibio fly species locally as I noted a much smaller type a couple of weeks back.  I didn't identify the species, but it was thankfully in much smaller numbers and not quite so "in yer face".

Do other folk here suffer from these jet back flies drifting all around their pastures each spring ??


Where are all the Hirundinidae (I looked that up) when one needs them - if they only knew how much protein there is flying over the fields here, I'd be complaining about being dive-bombed by swallows and/or their cousins.  Alas, still no noticeable presence (I'm not counting the single wire-perched swallow I noted in the nearby village last week).
Seemingly fish are quite partial to a Bibio or two, but, no, I'm not thinking about fish farming.


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Buttermilk

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Re: Am I the only one wondering where the spiders are?
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2020, 09:04:57 pm »
After the curlews the St Marks fly marks that summer has finally arrived.

 

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