Greater Knapweed - Centaurea scabies is big and showy, like a cross between a cornflower and a thistle, with whiskery petals in a whorl. It is a valuable nectar source for insects and a favourite flower of butterflies, including the Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary. It also has therapeutic properties, and was once used in skin ointments to heal wounds and infections. Centaurea scabiosa is a truly outstanding wild flower which outshines many cultivated plants.
Now THIS is a creepy-crawly! Meet the bright green spider that looks just like the clown in Stephen King's horror film 'It'
CLOWN SPIDER - Found in the rainforests of the Hawaiian islands. Certain morphs have a pattern uncannily resembling a smiley face or grinning clown face. Each spider has a unique pattern. Patterns differ from island to island & may change according to what food the spider has eaten!