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Hello darkness my old friend...

Paul Iddon

... I've come to photo you again... :LOL:

4 from late at night in the garden just before midnight.

A froghopper (or is it a leafhopper, lol)...


A silver sided sector spider (Zygiella x-notata)


A short legged harvestman - I first thought Rilaena triangularis, but I now think it may be Paroligolophus agrestis - a common opillione.


Finally the rapid running snout mite (Bdellidae) which I see quite frequently on the compost bin. Not sure what the interloper is just OoF, maybe a second snouty, but could be a springtail, or any other tiny insect! They feed on other arthropods like springtails, small insects and other mites, including their eggs. They harpoon their prey with a jet of saliva and attach it to the substrate with silk threads like shrouds.


And just to show how it doesn't always go to plan - here is the snout mite having speared something - and the focus is off because it's so small I didn't know I was missing it slightly to the naked eye!



Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
This are the cutest! Fancy spearing food. Now how does it eat it?

Can it pull of portions with its feet or does it have jaws?


Paul Iddon

Once it has dined, it simply walks away to find it's next meal. Never washes the dishes and cutlery!