Bleeding Heart Spider, Nigma-Puella. The female is striking, with a light green abdomen marked with a bold maroon blotch and a variable amount of barring in the same colour. The male is reddish brown. This species makes a horizontal web over the top surface of a leaf.
Crab spider, Misumena vatia. They are called crab spiders because of their unique ability to walk sideways as well as forwards and backwards. They feed on common insects, often consuming prey much larger than themselves using venom to immobilize their prey, though they are harmless to humans. They have a complex visual system, with eight eyes, that they rely on […]
Garden spider, Araneus diadematus. The garden spider is one of the UK’s largest spider species identified by a distinctive white cross on the abdomen. Its overall colour can vary however, ranging from red-orange to almost black. The female lays her eggs in a silken cocoon which she never leaves, protecting them until the late autumn when she will succumb to […]
Sun Jumping Spider, Heliophanus Cupreus. Jumping spiders have some of the best vision among arthropods and use it in courtship, hunting, and navigation. Most species are capable of very agile jumps. All jumping spiders have four pairs of eyes. Occasionally seen active on the surface but commonly within litter.