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Cucumber Spider

Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

A small and often overlooked species of spider found on low vegetation


  • Araniella cucurbitina: or maybe not

    Post date: Wednesday, 12 November, 2014 - 00:00

    Some would say that spiders are not attractive creatures and beauty is, undoubtedly, in the eye of the beholder but I think this is one cute little character! It is a very small spider and needs the help of a close up lens on a camera to bring it to a viewable size.

    There are five species of araniella spiders found in the UK and they are all bright green in colour and have a series of small paired dots in the abdomen. Three are considered rare and little is known about the distribution of the other but Araniella cucurbitina is considered to be the most common and so that is why I have chosen to call this specimen as that species. To be really sure one needs to examine a specimen under a microscope and I am not about to do that! My records are not for science so I have no intention of killing this lovely little animal and if I have got it wrong, so what! 

    Being so small this species is so often overlooked but it is common and widespread throughout Britain in summer and through in to the autumn. You can find it on low vegetation such as taller flowers, shrubs and even trees. It builds a small, very fine but rather haphazard web.


Common Name Cucumber Spider
Scientific Name Araniella cucurbitina
Species Group Spiders
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