Styrax japonica is a flowering small tree loved by bumblebees at this time of year. It was while looking specifically for Red-tailed cuckoo bees that I spotted a much rarer creature -- a Jumping spider, Salticus zebraneus.
Britain's Spiders (ISBN 978-0-691-16529-5 by Bee, Oxford and Smith) https://press.princeton.edu/titles/10987.html describes it as nationally and regionally scarce on trunks of old trees. It hides in cracks in the bark only appearing at the surface in warm, sunny conditions as it was yesterday.
|Jumping spider in my kitchen on 19August 2017|
I didn't find the Cuckoo bumblebee that I hoped to see but this spider was yet more interesting.
Spiders are amazing creatures and worthy of a closer look.
They are presented in an illustrated talk, "Spiders: fascinating and worthy of a closer look" at http://www.peterlovetttalks.co.uk/page14.html
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