I noticed this tiny, colourful spider, around 5 millimeters long, highlighted by the afternoon sun on our bird feeder. It stayed long enough for me to rush indoors, grab the camera and fire a couple of shots.
It’s the time of year for spiders in the UK. This garden spider was sitting in his web outside our patio window, just waiting to be photographed through the glass, or rather waiting for an insect to get caught in the sticky web.
According to the Wildlife Trusts, this is the UK’s most common orb web spider.
Granddaughter is a bit paranoid about spiders, usually screaming if one is seen anywhere near her. She was the first to spot this nursery web spider basking in the sun on a patio planter, and was quite intrigued to see the large white ball underneath, and larger than, its cephalothorax (see this wiki on spider anatomy). This white ball is an egg sac, bound in silk.
This spider was about 3/4 inch long. The identification is confirmed by the size, colour, stripe on the abdomen, sunbathing habit, egg sac and front pairs of legs together.
The female carries the eggs until they are almost ready to hatch and then spins them a silk tent.
Perhaps one day the interest will overcome the fear, and granddaughter will come to like those very useful spiders.