A beautifully woven hammock of silk catches the light. Inside, a tiny green spider awaits its next meal.
When I first posted this I identified it, rather hesitatingly, as araniella cucurbitina, the cucumber green orb spider. I suspected a female given the size of that shadow. The males are more streamlined:
However, I now think the spiders in this post may be nigma walckenaeri. Any experts around? There are several rather pretty spiders lurking among the turning leaves of my sumach tree. I can’t positively identify the next one through all the silk but it may well be another araniella cucurbitina. Or maybe not…
It is definitely spider season here. I wish all the huge ones presently invading my home looked like these instead.
I have a series of similar looking webs covering small holes in the wall in my garden. I really ought to investigate to see what has made them. I wonder if I can get hold of a tiny endoscope?
He he – that would be super. If you find a supplier, let me know 😉
I’m losing the battle of the webs…. I can almost see the whole house enveloped in layers of cobwebs…. 😉 (You could come take a picture of me peering out?)
Funny mental image :).
Such a clever title! Love the spideys. Nice close-up into the hole.
Thanks, Shannon. They are rather cute spiders. The nicer examples of their ilk.
I swear, if spiders were bigger and more human size, not only would that be terrifying, but surely they’d be close to taking over the world? Ingenious little creatures!
Also I seem to have the same issue as you with the large spiders all over the house. Oh my god. Worst thing is when you’re watching a film in the dark living room and something HUGE scuttles across the floor and under the sofa. WHERE HAS IT GONE?!
I know! I live in constant fear. Luckily my son will take them out for me. He had to remove three last night. Ugh.
shhhh I haven’t had any huge ones yet but I did buy a nifty device that fits on my vaccum cleaner to suck them up into a container so they can be let out side 🙂