Zoropsis Spinimana,Mediterranean Spiny Wolf Spider

​False wolf spider,Mediterranean spiny false wolf spider.
The British arachnophiles throwing their doors open to welcome this eight legged newcomer to British shores. Zoropsis spinimana has been around London since 2012 and has slowly, very slowly been making its way to places like Richmond and East Grinstead.. As usual and a bit late in the game, the UK Main Stream media are trying to demonise this non obtrusive and stunning spider, with headlines like “Med spider with 8 inch fangs and 15 kids coming to live in Britain on Benefits” You know the score, usual non story that sells papers and gets shared over social media untold times and which scares the ones who are have not a deeper knowledge about spiders or naturs. The reality is, Zoropsis spinimana is a large, docile and stunning spider, that is welcome into my house, unreservedly….

Please do not panic when you see it,but enjoy the beauty of this species,her usefulness in catching insects and welcome her…If you don’t want her in your home catch her gently with a glass and a postcard and let her out into the garden where she will catch insects (some of which will damage your garden plants) or were she becomes food for someone else.

It is distributed in the Mediterranean, but reaches into Russia, and was introduced to the United States, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area.

So docile 🙂
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A very artistic shot of this beauty.😍

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Look at this beauty 😮

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Seriously? Very laid back through the expression in the eyes only 😉

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Wonderful details…

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Just stunning !
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What a arachnid! ❤
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Landscaping for Wildlife in Arid areas

​Arid climates create their own challenges when landscaping for wildlife. This property in Graham, Arizona has several species of native trees, a variety of flowering shrubs, gardens and “ground”, instead of lawn. Other important features include snags, a brushpile, a beehouse, bird feeders, and nest boxes.  As a reward, this property has seen over 17 different species of birds in the last 30 days.
For the human habitants they are collecting rainwater and composting, which are both excellent ways to minimize one’s impact. To see this map in more detail: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4821834. And, if you are interested in landscaping in arid areas, consider xeriscaping techniques: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/the-seven-principles-of-xeriscape/

Leopard Slug,Tiger Slug,Limax Maximus

Here are 10 interesting facts about leopard slugs.
1. Usually, they measure up to 13 cm (5.2 in.), though there may be exceptionally large specimens of up to 20 cm (8 in.) in length.
2. This species of slug has a small rudimentary shell beneath its mantle shield – this is the section just behind its head.
3. Leopard slugs will eat other slugs and their eggs. The presence of leopard slugs has even been observed to lead to a decrease of harmful slug species. They eat decaying plant material and even mold.
4. When they mate they twine round each other and hang by a slime thread in mid-air. David Attenborough describes the process in detail and you can see it here:

 
5. Slugs along with all other molluscs are hermaphrodite, ie they each have both male and female bits!
6.Leopard slugs produce around 200 eggs after mating.
7. When pursuing  other slugs they can reach a top speed of 6 inches per minute.
8. They have a strong homing instinct. After their nocturnal rambles or foraging expeditions they usually return to the particular crevice or chink in which they have established themselves.
9. Prior to mating the two slugs circle round each other for several hours and spend some time licking each other.
10.They have been introduced into parts of America and Canada, but originate from Europe.

​Image: Description

English: Drawings of color variability of Limax maximus
Date7 November 1902

SourceTaylor J. W. (7 November) 1902. part 8, pages 1-52. Monograph of the land and freshwater Mollusca of the British Isles. Testacellidae. Limacidae. Arionidae. Taylor Brothers, Leeds. page plate VI. (after page 46). Cropped and retouched