Family Araneidae (Orbweb spiders)
Body length 3.5-6 mm.
Also called the Cucumber Green Orb Spider, the female has a creamy coloured cephalothorax with a bright green abdomen and yellow stripes. The smaller male also has a bright green and yellow striped abdomen, but has an orangish cephalothorax with two brown curving stripes. Both sexes have a distinctive red spot at the end of their abdomen.
There are 2 Cucumber Green Spiders which are quite common in Britain and look very much the same, Araniella cucurbitina and Araniella opisthographa. Microscopic srutiny is required to determine ‘actual’ species, thus the ‘sensu lato’ tagged on the end of the Latin name, which basically means ‘in the broad sense’.
The webs are small and are constructed in low vegetation, trees and bushes, and sometimes they are spun within the small confines of a concave leaf forming a retreat.
Seen summer to autumn, and found in various habitats, including woodland edges, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread throughout, and native to Britain.