As part of the preparation for our 20 years celebrations, our Chinese Bronzes and Women’s Library collections will be closed from Monday 26 February, reopening with the rest of our new season on Thursday 21 March.

Crab Spider

Don’t panic – it is tiny, I promise!

The cool temperatures pushing right through April has slowed the appearance of wildlife, insects in particular. Fortunately, things are now improving and Ed Phillips, a local wildlife photographer wasted no time in visiting our grounds to search through the undergrowth for anything of interest, with his specialist macro zoom camera.

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Many of Ed’s photographs are insects so tiny, that it’s often a case of snap first and identify later. Luckily, on this occasion, Ed has managed a confirmation for the image below, which we believe to be a philodromid crab spider. It is approximately 5 to 6mm across, and is seen resting on a daffodil flower bulb amongst undergrowth at Compton Verney.

Flora & Fauna at Compton Verney

Ed Phillips Wildlife