A Helping Hand

Over the past week I will admit, I have hardly been out with the camera. A slight change to my weekly routine and experiencing a few days of feeling poorly (not mental health for a change) just threw me off my game.

So this weeks blog will be short and hopefully sweet.

The first picture is that of the smallest spider I have ever snapped. They must of been only 3-4mm long. At first I thought they were a money spider……until I saw a lot of other spiders the same size, coming from the same space. I think they were baby spiders, even smaller than the garden spider babies from earlier in the year.

I have not been able to positively identify them yet, any help would be appreciated.

Crane flies seem to be in abundance at the moment in the garden. They have taken over the lawn and I have even found the odd one around the house. They are quite skittish when you approach them, flying off almost immediately (not very well, they are not the most natural looking flyers)

The one I did manage to snap was resting on a watering can left out in the garden. I struggled for a while to get a decent shot, the way their face protrudes makes it hard to get all their features in focus (if not stacking the shots). The snap provided below is the best I managed to get.

The final two images have a bit of a story to go with them. As I’ve mentioned in numerous other blogs I am currently having the garden renovated. So at present there are lots of tools and kit that have been left outside, including a Hi Vis jacket.

Looking around the garden at the work that has been completed, I noticed on the jacket there was a common drone hover fly. I have to say I did think they were dead, they were very still and in such a strange place. I went to move it and there was the slightest movement from their leg.

I have seen over the summer on other people web pages, demonstrating bee rescues. Where bees had become fatigued from their work and needed an energy boost or they would perish. The advice is to offer them sugar water (as simple as it sounds, its just water and sugar, not honey).

I thought it was worth a try, so off I went to get some sugar water to offer the hover fly. It did take a little while to get the hover fly to take the water solution (I kept reassuring them it wasn’t poison). Eventually they got the idea, and started to drink.

It only took about a minute for the hover fly to start moving around. From not moving at all to then suddenly flying away, it definitely just needed an energy boost.

I felt really happy to have helped, especially as it was such a simple act of offering sugar water. There are times where nature just needs a small helping hand.

I hope the past week has been a good one for you, until next time, take care.