....the gorgeous Texan nurse who has been ever so friendly during our online scrabble game and works for UNICEF ( does vaccines and looks after African orphans) wants to know if I want to help the children. I suggested donating to UNICEF directly but she says I should wait until she gets to Nigeria. What to do? Also she has had a dreadfully unlucky personal life....seems unfair when she is so giving.
"Although adult flies normally feed on nectar and sometimes pollen, female flies require a blood meal before they are able to reproduce effectively and to aid in their egg development. Unlike insects which surreptitiously puncture the skin with needle-like organs, female horseflies have specially adapted mouthparts which they use to rip and/or slice flesh apart. This causes the blood to seep out as the horsefly licks it up."
Junios Slave is 2 years away from GCSE's followed by a long empty Summer which may well be the last chance for some quality family time together. (and the first opportunity time wise) Where would people suggest going as a family for about 4 weeks of travels to really see something of the world rather than only beaches. At the moment she still seems to like us so this is all assuming that is still the case then!
"The great raft spider has only been identified at three sites in the UK. Due to this extreme rarity it is listed as endangered."
"Redgrave and Lopham fen was the first site in the UK at which a population of the great raft spider was recorded. Following their discovery in 1956 a number of new pools were dug to encourage population expansion. However, water extraction from the nearby borehole and a series of droughts in the 1980s reduced the population to only two isolated areas on the reserve."
"Although it has no sting, it can give a painful bite with its strong, pincer-like jaws. It also emits a foul-smelling odour, as a defensive secretion, from a pair of white glands at the end of its abdomen."
"British folklore has it that a beetle has eaten the core of Eve's apple, and that a person who crushes such beetle is forgiven seven sins."
The larvae which hatch from the eggs (usually within 3 weeks) are cream coloured and grub-like in appearance. The spider is often still alive, but in a paralysed state when the larva begins feeding on it. After the meal, the larva pupates ready to emerge as an adult wasp the following spring.