Beware the silken hammock

spider in web
A beautifully woven hammock of silk catches the light. Inside, a tiny green spider awaits its next meal.
Cucumber green orb spider
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:
spider in web

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…
green spider in silk
It is definitely spider season here. I wish all the huge ones presently invading my home looked like these instead.

9 thoughts on “Beware the silken hammock

  1. 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?

  2. 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?)

  3. 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?!

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