Also called the ‘Autumn Spider’, it can be a variable spider in colour and markings. It can be pale cream or tinged with red or pink, with pale triangular markings on the front end of the abdomen. Similar to the Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus), but the Lesser Garden Spider is smaller and slimmer. Body length up to 8mm.
It feeds on insects caught in their webs.
Seen late summer and autumn. Found in gardens, grasslands, woodland and hedgerows An abundant and widespread species throughout.
Photographs of Lesser Garden Spider (Metellina segmentata) taken September 2015, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.