Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lepthyphantes minutus?

I found this small spider in the house; it's smaller than Zygiella with distinctive chevron markings on the abdomen. I couldn't get a view of the business end, he or she wouldnt move but I believe it to be adult female and my searches have led to a close match with Lepthyphantes minutus in the Linyphiidae family.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Zygiella x-notata, underside

Spotted on the outside of the window at night, ID later confirmed when it turned around!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Small spider in web

Spotted this little one last night near the lamp outside. Its body is about the size of a small pea.
Pretty sure this is a Zygiella too but with slightly unusual markings.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Nuctenea on the wall

I found this Nuctenea umbratica clinging to the wall outside, by the front door and captured it with my phone. It looked menacing, ready to pounce.

One of its common names is lazy spider as it will stay in one place for ages, and will not be moved!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Backlit Araneus

Our kitchen window has a quite spectacular lodger!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another Tetragnathid

This one was found on the washing line and taken with the Canon 30D + 270EX flashgun.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


I was photographing a tree in a field with the 75-300 zoom lens and I noticed something in front of me. I pulled the focus to see a grass stem with a spider on the end. Looks like a species of Tetragnatha to me.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Steatoda bipunctata

My daughter found this in the kitchen yesterday, and I had a fun time chasing it to get some decent photographs of it!
Many thanks to GRB on arachnophiles for the info!