- ground beetles 1
- ground beetles 2
- burying beetles
- beetles 1
- beetles 2
- beetles 3
- springtails
- earwigs
- flies
- hoverflies
- true bugs
- bumblebees
- bees
- ants
- wasps
- saw flies and wood wasps
- butterflies and moths 1
- butterflies and moths 2
- moths
- moths 2
- moths 3
- lacewings etc.
- dragonflies and damselflies
- scorpion flies
- stoneflies
- caddis flies
- lice
Slugs and snails
Worms and leeches
Millipedes and centipedes
- spiders 1
- spiders 2
- spiders 3
- harvestmen
- mites
- ticks etc.
- woodlice
- water fleas
- cyclops

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods. For more information on Torphins itself and the human population there go to

Araneus diadematus, the diadem spider, cross spider, garden spider, a heavily pregnant female

Araneus diadematus, the diadem spider, cross spider, garden spider.

Can be seen year round usually on or very near its orb web which is usually made between branches of vegetation. This is a heavily pregnant female.

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Araneus quadratus, mature female

Araneus quadradus

Found in tall grass, heather and bushes.

Female body length is 9 - 15 mm, male is 6 - 8 mm.

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Araniella curcubitina female

Araniella cucubitina, the Cucumber spider

Found in low vegetaion, bushes and trees.

Female body length 6 mm, male 4 mm.

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Araniella cucurbitina male, cucumber spider male

Nuctenea umbratica, a nocturnal orb web spider

Nuctenea umbratica

A nocturnal spider that spends the day under bark, in dark crevices and in folded up garden furniture. At night it emerges and spins a web to catch moths.

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Metellina segmentata

Metellina segmentata, the lesser garden spider, the Autumn spider

Found in woods, gardens and wasteland.

Female body length 4 - 8 mm, male body length 4 - 6 mm.

Spins an orb web with a small hole in the middle.

Colouration can vary quite a lot.

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