This is but a small plant pot, and I know you may think this odd, but I just grow a clump of moss in it all year round and nothing more. It appears to attract some varied wildlife (especially if you lift it up and look underneath it) and this Philodromus sp. crab spider was… Read More That Plant Pot Again
I was photographing another species of spider on a plant pot (a lot seems to happen on this plant pot for some reason?) and this one came along. I think it is a young Clubiona sp. and it was so small it was getting lost amongst the moss leaves. The darn thing would not keep… Read More Moss Becomes A Jungle
Philodromus sp. Rear garden. September 2019 © Pete Hillman.
Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus) September 2019 © Pete Hillman.
… not really … just the Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus) Yep … if you really, really wanna … feel free to click on the image to enlarge and click again to get even … (deep scary voice here) … closer … July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
I found this little Clubiona sp. of spider under my green recycling bin hatch. Oh … do not click twice on the top full face image unless you really want this nice spider right in ‘your’ face …. July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
These Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus), always appear to be quite territorial, and I only ever see them around the outside of my shed and garage. And boy do these little jumping spiders jump! Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer on the images … July 2019, rear garden, South… Read More Zebra
This mighty female crab spider (Misumena vatia) grabs itself a nice bee for lunch and these three little freeloader flies want their piece of it as well. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer … only if you really want to. July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. ©… Read More The Crab, The Bee And Three Flies
I have never seen anything quite like this before. A butterfly snared by a crab spider. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer. July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … only if you want to look her in her many eyes! This is the crab spider Misumena vatia, and a lovely female on the edge of one of my flowerpots. June 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … A sweat bee snared by a Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia). June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
It is quite amazing what you can find by lifting a leaf in the backyard and looking hard. This tiny little Snout Mite scurried about in circles and was hell to try and photo before it disappeared down a crack in a wall. This was the best image I got, and how strange it is.… Read More Aliens Amongst Us
Now this little spider wasn’t in the green recyling bin, but on the wall of my study. I took it outside to take some snaps. It is one of the ‘Jumping Spiders’, and do they jump! Click and click again on the images to get that little bit closer … May 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire,… Read More Getting A Room
It’s quite amazing what you can find in your green recycle bin at times. I found this male Candy Stripe Spider Enoplognatha sp. form lineata clinging to the underside of the lid. May 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
This is a female Wolf Spider with her eggsac Pardosa sp. We were kind of playing hide and see for a while as I tried to photograph her sunning herself. Mind you I suppose I would object if I had a giant lens thrust into my face whilst I was sunbathing. Click and click again… Read More Warming The Eggs
Hairy legs and hairy leaves, this is where Pardosa sp (possibly Pardosa amentata the Spotted Wolf Spider) meets Bugle Ajuga reptans. This is the darker male of the spider species, and you can just about make out its large dark palps at the front. I see a lot of these at the bottom of the… Read More Where The Hairy Meets The Hairy
Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer Nursery Web Spider Pisaura mirabilis, May 2018, local field margin, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman
This is a Long-jawed Orb-weaver Spider Tetragnatha sp. stretched along one of the stalks of my iris which is growing in the garden pond. It apparently somehow knows that the iris is flowering and attracting airborn insects. No doubt, in due course, it will spin a web to attempt to catch them. Click once to… Read More Intelligent Nature
I found this lovely on my living room ceiling. It is a species of running crab spider, and a male, and oh boy do they run fast! It is normally found on the lower branches of trees and shrubs in wooded areas, but it is also found in gardens and occasionally indoors. The sexes vary… Read More Philodromus dispar
First time I have found one of these Jumping Spiders in my house. I took him outside where he very briefly struck this pose for my macro lens. Double click on images to enlarge. Zebra Spider Salticus scenicus May 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman
This is one of the False Widow Spiders, the Rabbit Hutch Spider Steatoda bipunctata, for it is commonly found near or in human habitation such as outbuildings or sheds. They are called False Widow Spiders for they are commonly mistaken for the real thing which are not found in the UK, unless accidentally imported, which… Read More False Widow Spider
Finally this Jumping Spider Sitticus pubescens sits long enough, maybe curious about what I was up to, to strike a pose for my camera giving me the ‘goggle-eyed’ look these critters are famous for. It caught me without my converter, but still gave me a reasonably good show before jumping off and away. May 2018,… Read More Saying Hi From The Sun Chair
I have come across two of these today in the back garden, one on a fence and one on my garage wall. The one on the fence got away so no pics there, but they are lightning fast and they jump so very well, hence their name. I wanted to get a goggle-eye head shot,… Read More Jumping Spider Sitticus pubescens
This small yet bulbous-bodied spider was found under the lid of my green recycling bin. It is generally found in and around buildings, and has got quite a distinctive zig-zaggy median band. It is common and widespread in much of England. The pose below is its defensive posture. They do not like been blown on,… Read More Theridion melanurum
This was quite a nice spring surprise at the start of April. I like how variable the patterning and the colouring can be on these spiders. It belongs to a family called Pisauridae, and there are only 2 British genera. Double click on images to enlarge. April 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman
Double click on images to enlarge. This is one of the smallest spiders in the genus, and the first time I have seen it here. It is typically found on the lower branches of broadleaved trees, in woodland clearings and margins. It is very similar to P. rufus, but P. rufus is seen much further… Read More Philodromus albidus
This little spider with a pretty pattern and colour was peering through my study window this morning. It is usually found on low vegetation, shrubs, and the lower branches of trees. It often occurs in the webs of other small spiders, feeding on them or the prewrapped parcels of food found there. It is common… Read More Platnickina tincta
This has to be the smallest spider I have ever encountered. I found it on my bathroom wall early this morning, and it is called Oonops domesticus also known as the Goblin Spider. It was so small and delicate I had to use toilet paper to catch it, believe it or not. They only grow… Read More My Smallest Spider – The Goblin Spider
The weather has vastly improved these past days here, and spring is in full swing with sunshine and higher temperatures, yet all the spiders appear to like coming indoors? I have found several different species over the past few days inside the house. This one Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato is a tiny… Read More Young Cucumber Green Spider
April 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman
Despite its name, this is one of our largest money spiders with a body length of 3-4mm long (about 0.2in). It is usually found in broadleaved woodland, but can also be found in houses, which is where this one was found. It is common and widespread throughout much of Britain. April 2018, discovered in house,… Read More Lepthyphantes minutus
Spiders are appearing around and about the garden now the weather is improving. This is about the fifth species I have seen now. It is a Running Crab Spider from a family of spiders called Philodromidae. There are 17 British species in 3 genra. This one is a Philodromus species, and would require microscopic examination for… Read More Spider Spring
I have seen these spiders begin to emerge in the garden from the first warm days of spring when the sun has finally broken free of winter. They appear on the rocks, decking and paving around my pond in fairly large numbers, stretching out and warming up their bodies like sun worshippers. From a family… Read More Spring Is For Warming Up
I initially discovered this little Misumena vatia on the wallpaper near my living room window. This spider notoriously mimicks its background so it can fool and capture prey to feed on. I think it is the first time I have seen one with dark stripes on its back. I did the photo shoot outside. Double… Read More Mimicking Wallpaper
From a fly’s perspective caught in a spider web. How do you get out of that? Erm, you don’t. Double click on images to enlarge. Sheet Web, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. July 2017.
This is the male of the Missing-sector Orb Weaver Zygiella x-notata. It is smaller than the female, and less rounded. But I find the colour and pattern on the abdomen quite beautiful, for a spider. Double click on images to enlarge. August 2017, Staffordshire, England.
This is the first time I had seen this small yet pretty patterned spider in the garden. It grows up to 6mm (about a quarter of an inch) long, and it is usually found on trees and shrubs where it forms its webs. Double click on images to enlarge. August 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.
I came across this little Philodromus sp from the aureolus group in my small study room from where I am now typing this. I find they make their way into the house fairly often in the summer months. They can be quite variable in their colours and markings and very hard to identify without microscopic… Read More In The Study Room
Mouse Spider Scotophaeus sp. Double click on images to enlarge. August 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.
Lace-weaver Spider Amaurobius similis Double click on images to enlarge. August 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.