Lesser Garden Spider – Metellina segmentata

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.

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.