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Saturday, 6 July 2019

Cucumber Spider

Delighted to find this bright green little orb weaver Araniella cucurbitina or Araniella opisthographa in my garden in Halifax. It's impossible to tell which of the two commonest cucumber spiders this one is without microscopic examination, which I haven't (yet) carried out. I'll keep watching for any roaming males, which are quite different looking, coming to court her.

If you look closely you can just about tell how she is hooked on to her web, which was being buffeted by a strong breeze, by her tiny tarsal claws.



  1. Nice pictures and information Julian. I'll look out for that spider.

  2. Medium size for a UK spider, body length 5 or 6mm