I had a rather boring post drafted today about how I’ve done it again and knitted three socks and not one pair… but then I decided it would be far more interesting to share these New Zealand insect cuties with you today.
I know that not everyone will see the beauty of these insects, but I think they are really quite awesome.
This nursery web spider nest has been built over a number of flower heads. It’s so delicate, and so beautiful, this translucent silken cocoon. The spider itself is rather creepy and very large, so I am glad I never saw it! As long as it stays in the garden, that is fine.
Female wetas are usually quite docile and slow, and she happily clambered on to a twig I offered her and then climbed to safety so I could continue weeding. Their bodies are actually very fragile, so I could have easily crushed her without intending to. Chickens absolutely adore eating them. This one was a nicely sized specimen. About 2 inches long.
The cicadas are still singing their deafening songs. Although not quite so loudly any more. Much to my relief. Here’s one of the little singers – it’s the Chorus cicada, one of the 42 species of cicada found in New Zealand, and the largest (and possibly loudest as well!)
I spied it as I was coming back from hanging out the washing one morning, and thought it would make a nice photo. They’re about an inch long, not including the wings. My son has a great time catching them and looking at them after school, before releasing them to fly away.
The older boy spied this beauty on the path today. I think it’s the Acanthoxyla inermis, the same New Zealand stick insect that has found its way to South-West England, and has the distinction of the being the longest insect to be found in Britain.
This one would be female, judging from its size. She was about as long as my hand.
Love her little beady eyes!
I love being surrounded by the natural world. It makes me feel grounded, and real. Such beautiful designs in nature, and such variety of colour and shape, way of life and patterns of living. Looking at these pictures gives me a massive “stress relief” moment. I thought I’d share them with you, in case you feel the same.
And finally, a picture of one completed sock, just to give you an idea of what I’ve been knitting. The other is nearly done…
Peach leaf lace sock by Qianer of Hiya Hiya
Knitted in Knitsch 100% merino sock in Gwyneth
I’ve knitted them a bit small for me. I’m giving them away. I have the ‘too many socks’ guilts.
Have a great weekend!