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June 4, 2021 at 10:29 am #776JSW099
- Salar 18310
Found this hitchhiker in the Tejadas in the area of Alcaucin, I have looked in my two spider books and on the net but cannot locate it. ID if possible, please
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Attachments:June 5, 2021 at 11:05 am #783clive
Hello. This is a Cucumber green spider, Araniella cucurbitina, Araña verde común
I got this shot of one last year..
Description: Its yellowish/green to green colour, allows it to camouflage perfectly in foliage. Its head and thorax are yellowish brown. It has a large bright red spot located on the underside of the abdomen and a pattern of 12 small black dots on the upperside (4 central and 8 lateral – divided into two lines).
Can be seen from late spring through to autumn.
Measured from 5.0 to 5.5 mm females and males 3.5-4.0 mm.
Inhabits shrub-land, tall bushes, thorny borders and woodland edges. They build a globe shaped web among leaves, about 10 cm in diameter and 15 to 30 radius. Remains patiently in the centre of the web, waiting for flying insects to be caught up.
Breeding takes place in the summer when adults reach sexual maturity. The female lplaces her eggs in a protective bag of silk, ‘an ootheca.’ Spiderlings which hatch in the autumn are red brick, they hide throughout the winter.
Distribution: The temperate regions of Eurasia. (Although described in the Americas, is suspected to have been inadvertently introduced by humans).
June 5, 2021 at 11:16 am #784JSW099
- Salar 18310
Indebted to you for the ID, do you know of a decent Spider ID book? I have one called “The Country Life Guide to Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe” but it is an old book (1985). and getting very worse for wear.
JohnJune 5, 2021 at 12:45 pm #785clive
You are welcome 🙂
Michael Chinery’s books are always worth the investment I think… I cant find this edition in English for some reason…..
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