Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato


Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato

Discovered in garden. 26th April 2020. © Peter Hillman

Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato

Discovered in garden.
26th April 2020. © Peter Hillman

Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato retreat with egg sac

Egg sac in retreat, discovered in garden.
2nd July 2017 © Peter Hillman

Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato

Discovered in garden. 30th June 2017 © Peter Hillman

Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato

Juvenile, discovered in garden.
22nd April 2018. © Peter Hillman

Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato

Discovered in garden.
26th April 2020. © Peter Hillman

Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato

Discovered in garden.
26th June 2017 © Peter Hillman

Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato

Juvenile, discovered in garden.
22nd April 2018. © Peter Hillman

Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato

Discovered in garden.
26th June 2017 © Peter Hillman

Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato

Discovered in garden.
26th June 2017 © Peter Hillman

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.