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Selwyn Times: May 23, 2017

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 23 2017 19 Backyard critters Speedy little house spider Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us A very distinctive spider in our backyards or houses is a small fleet-footed spider with black and white markings and orange forelegs. Until recently, it was known as supunna picta, but arachnologists have renamed it nyssus coloripes. The species is native to Australia and was first recorded in Auckland in 1943, with the first South Island record in Marlborough in 1969. The 7-10mm long spider mimics other species, such as wasps, by waving its orange forelegs like antennae thereby gaining some protective advantage through its menacing appearance. In spite of its orange warning colour, its bite is not medically DISTINCTIVE: The fleet-footed spider, also known as nyssus coloripes prefers dry, sunny and warm spots, which is why you often see it around the house. ​ significant. The species does not make a web, but instead invades webs of other spiders to eat the captured insects or host spider. Its characteristic fast and erratic movements help it to not only avoid predators, but also catch its prey. It prefers dry, sunny and warm spots, which is why you often see it around the house. News Time for a laugh • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding SOME OF New Zealand’s top comedians will travel to Lincoln to bring the house down for a one night only comedy show in October. Live in Lincoln is back with comedians Ben Hurley, Paul Ego, Michele A’Court, Jeremy Elwood and Gish set to take the stage for a comedy night at the Lincoln Event Centre. The event was first launched last year with nearly 1000 people attending the night featuring comedians TV3’s Seven Days Jeremy Corbett along with Hurley, Justine Smith and Tom Furniss. Both Hurley and Ego are regulars on Seven Days. A’Court and Elwood also often make guest appearances as well as TV3’s The Project. Gish, also known as Justin Hansen, is a well-known stand-up comedian who uses his musical talent for creating a combination of original and popular song parodies. Lincoln resident and promoter David Parlane, who also organised the successful Selwyn Sounds event earlier this year, said people who went last year had a fantastic time and he is sure they are going to have an even better time this year. Ben Hurley Gish Michele A’Court Paul Ego “This year we are going bigger, we have got five outstanding comedians,” he said. Live in Lincoln is not the only plan in the pipeline for the township with announcement expected to be made next month on the line-up for next year’s Selwyn Sounds. Bars and doors open for Live in Lincoln at 6pm for a 7pm start. •Lincoln Event Centre, October 7. Tickets cost $48 from Ticketek, emailing or the Bridgestone Tyre Centre on Gerald St. NEW For a light legs feeling from morning to evening. Revitalise and relieve tired, heavy legs. IN STORE NOW Barrington Pharmacy Ltd | Ph 322 3156 10% discount 256 Barrington St (next to Couplands) everyday using excludes prescriptions & sale stock GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724