This green spider (Araniella cucurbitina) is seen from April to October and is around 4mm-6mm long. It is usually found hanging out on low growing bushes and hedgerows and eats flies and other small insects. They are native to the UK and, while they look mostly green all over, there is a small red spot above their web spinners on their tail.
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Having never seen one of these before I just had to go back indoors to fetch the macro lens, though I wasn’t able to get very clear shots of the spider itself as the darn lens kept focusing on the leaf, even on manual focus!
Actually the leaf (Pineapple sage in case you were wondering) is also very interesting close up. Who knew that it had all those hairs on the edge and the tiny red raised ‘spots’.
I don’t like spiders, but this is a very tiny one and somehow when I have the camera in front of me I forget that I don’t like them as they simply become something fascinating to try and capture an image of. Having said that I am NOT going to get this close to the Giant House Spider (Eratigena Atrica) that live in my shed and cover everything with a thick sticky sheet web.
If only I could get spiders to eat the slugs and snails I’d be on to a winner!