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Spider – Need ID

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After this night’s stormy weather I went in my garden and found this spider making a web. I gently blew at the spider to see its reaction and amazingly this spider jumps off the web. Then, after some minutes of waiting it goes up slowly and rests in the middle of the web.

I still haven’t found the species of this spider yet. If anyone knows, please let me know.

Camouflaged Grasshopper

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Recently I made a trip to Etna. While I was atop one of its craters I saw something jumping and after some time I spotted this tiny grasshopper.  Its fascinating how it blends perfectly with the environment.  Unfortunately I took this image with the only lens that I had on me (28-105mm).  However even though this image is nothing more than a record shot, I thought that I would still share to show the splendid world that we often take for granted.

Here is a link to a website about insects found on Etna.

Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

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The Red-veined darter is a common species found in southern Europe and from 1990 onwards has been found in northwest Europe including Britain and Ireland. It can also be found in Africa, the middle east and south western Asia.  This is the only libellulid to be found in the Azores, on the Canary Islands and Madeira.

The main flight period of this species is from May to October and scarce during winter months. Unlike other european dragonflies the Red-veined darter has more than one generation a year.

This species as other species of dragonflies will catch and eat prey on the wing.

ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-veined_darter