woodlouse spider

Woodlouse Spider (Dysdera Crocata)

The woodlouse spider (dysdera crocata), also known as the woodlouse hunter, slater spider, sowbug killer or sowbug assassin, is a member of the spider family Dysderidae. It is a type of hunting spider that has developed an effective method for feeding on woodlice, hence the common name. The woodlouse hunter was first recorded in Britain …

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Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)

Atlas Moth (Attacus Atlas)

The atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is an Asian moth belonging to the family Saturniidae. The name atlas moth is probably derived from Greek mythology, after the titan god Atlas who was forced to hold the sky on his shoulders. The moth’s Cantonese translation means “snake’s head moth” which is most likely because of the markings …

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A pretty Comma Butterfly, Polygonia c-album, resting on stinging nettles

Comma (Polygonia C-Album)

The comma butterfly (scientific name Polygonia c-album) is a common and widespread butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is also known as the comma, black comma butterfly, or simply comma, which it takes from its distinctive appearance. There are many variations of this species, and they have been divided into subspecies (meaning that they vary …

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Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)

Common Blue (Polyommatus Icarus)

There are many different species of blue butterfly all around the world, such as the silver studded blue, holly blue, chalkhill blue, adonis blue, and small blue butterfly. All of which have a strikingly similar appearance. However, in this article, we will discuss the most common of them all, which is aptly named the common …

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Hoverfly (Syrphidae)

Hoverflies go by many other names, such as flower flies, syrphid flies, and drone flies. They make up the insect family Syrphidae and belong to the order Diptera (true flies). Hoverflies are an extremely common species; in total, there are about 2000 species of hoverflies worldwide of which 182 species have been recorded in Australia …

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