Cucumber Green Spider

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.

(Please click on image to enlarge (if you dare))

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!


43 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    He’s a good guy, right? Then we’ll forgive him for being a spider. 🙂 🙂 And joy of joys- my zucchini plant is flowering! Pardon me- courgette, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      He’s a tiny guy so we’ll let him live 🙂
      I did get several flowers on my courgette plant last year, but never any fruit 😦

      1. restlessjo says:

        Just been out with the bug spray. Lots of tiny black guys on one of my flowers! Caramba! Watching Roger 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Been weeding too whilst cloud cover and still. Now going to watch Mr Cool 🙂

  2. This is amazing Jude! Green-and-red spider on green-and-red pineapple sage that’s adorned with tiny red micro-pearls… Love it!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Perfect colour combination!

  3. Sue says:

    Well, I think you’ve done a great job!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Sue 🙂

      1. Sue says:

        Which lens? I never do macro – I only have extension tubes, and at any rate, my hands and balance are no longer up to the job!!

        1. Heyjude says:

          The 60mm macro lens. I haven’t used it in a while, but I wanted to get really close up to this little guy.

        2. Sue says:

          I know a couple of other people with that lens….they love it

        3. Heyjude says:

          Yes. it is lovely when steady. Unfortunately it is often windy here so I don’t get those really sharp shots. Even a tripod wouldn’t help with the wind 😦

  4. I dared, and (s)he’s wonderful. I love the purple edge of the leaf too. I’ve been gardening today – nothing like a sewing machine I don’t understand to drive me to turn over dirt!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Why the sewing machine? I must have missed something about the reason for using one. I last used a sewing machine about 40 years ago!

      1. Maja and Jaś are visiting and they need bags to put travel entertainment in! Or at least that’s what babcia thinks. And the great triumph of the day? Learning to drive the machine (sorry. Sewing computer) backwards. Oh and watching a whale lolling really close in in the pink evening. Am I sounding a bit insane?

        1. Heyjude says:

          You need to ask Su (Zimmerbitch) to make you a couple – unless you insist they are home made! She has created some gorgeous totes. Like the idea of watching a whale.

        2. I spent $800 on my sewing computer to make them an outfit each. I haven’t used it since. I need to justify the expense! Mine won’t be gorgeous. I’ll check out the gorgeous ones.

          The whales, mother and small one, were in the pink light of evening, so a bonus. AND Hugo grabbed me and drove me round. We’re a bit anxious, and hoping they’ve gone this morning: the behaviour was odd.

  5. beetleypete says:

    The shots worked well for me. I’m not a spider fan, but don’t mind the small ones. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      You won’t see any bigger ones on here!

  6. Su Leslie says:

    Know what you mean about trying to focus with a macro lens. Your shots are great nonetheless. I don’t mind spiders but ants really bother me.

    1. Heyjude says:

      DON’T mention the A N T S. We are currently (for the third year running) battling with them indoors – flying ants keep crawling out of cracks in the walls (and there are a lot of cracks in this granite built house). Drives me insane!!

      1. Su Leslie says:

        Aaaagh!!! You have my complete sympathy.

  7. Colline says:

    An interesting looking insect

  8. I don’t like spiders either, but this one is very photogenic and these are great captures. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Cathy. No big ones I promise!

      1. Good! I don’t want any nightmares. 🙂

  9. Pete Hillman says:

    Those are stunning shots, Jude! This is one of my favourite spiders.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I thought you might know this one 🙂

  10. pommepal says:

    What an amazing coloured spider and you have captured the detail of both spider and leaf he’s on so well

    1. Heyjude says:

      And he is teeny tiny – about half the size of my little finger nail.

      1. pommepal says:

        Wow you did well to even see him let alone got his photo

  11. He is a cutie. I’m guessing that big red spot is to scare off hungry predators.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Could be. I am no spider expert and I don’t intend to become one!

  12. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What a funny little thing, it’s body looks too big for it’s legs!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s so tiny Gilly, I’m sure those legs are just fine 🙂

  13. Good for you for going back inside to get your macro lens. It’s always gratifying when a close-up lens reveals features we would otherwise have missed.

    The species name cucurbitina implies that this spider hangs out on plants in the Cucurbitaceae, or gourd family. Maybe that’s why the first commenter mentioned zucchini (courgette), which is a variety of Cucurbita pepo. It’s interesting that Americans use an Italian word, and you a French word, for the vegetable.

    1. Heyjude says:

      And at the end of the day they are simply baby marrows!
      I find aubergine has many names too – eggplant in US and Australia, brinjal in South Africa. Separated by a common language!!

      1. I’d never heard of brinjal but it looked suspiciously like berenjena, the Spanish word for eggplant, so I investigated. Sure enough, brinjal, berenjena, and French aubergine all trace back to the Arabic word for eggplant. Arabic got the word from Persian, which got it from an Indian source. During that research I learned that South African brinjal came from the Portuguese form of the word, berinjela. I’d also never heard of the British use of marrow for a kind of squash.

        If a spider was ever involved in all this, it has long since crawled away.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Love the way words take us on a journey! I now feel as though I have had a world trip 🙂

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