The Alien

… 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.

Join The Clubiona

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.

Zebra

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

On The Edge … Again

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.

Recycling

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.

Predator

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

From The Kitchen Ceiling

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

Nursery Web Spider Pisaura mirabilis II

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

Spider Spring

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

All In The Patterning

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.

Tetragnatha pinicola

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.