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Tetragnatha sp

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.

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May 2018, garden pond, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman Sigma 18-300mm.

Long-jawed Orb-weaver Spider

Tetragnatha extensa

Long-jawed Orb-weaver Spider (Tetragnatha extensa)

Males and females have a light midline mark on the sternum. The colour of the abdomen varies, and some individuals maybe more greenish or yellowish. Body lengths up to 11mm.

Long-jawed Orb-weaver Spider (Tetragnatha extensa)

Feeds on insects caught in their webs.

Seen during the summer months. Found on grasses and low vegetation close to water or in boggy habitats A common and widespread species.

Photographs of Long-jawed Orb-weaver Spider (Tetragnatha extensa), taken June 2006 , woodland path, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2006. Camera used Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1.