Cucumber Green Orb Spider – Balgonie Bleachfield Project

Whilst taking photographs of  ‘Wild Angelica’ (Angelica sylvestris),

Wild Angelica Plant

Wild Angelica – Angelica sylvestris

 

down at the Balgonie Bleachfield Project in Fife yesterday, I knocked off a small lime green green spider.

The Green Orb Spider (Araneus cucurbitina), also sometimes called the ‘Cucumber Green Orb Spider’, is abundant in the UK, and is mainly found in hedgerows and at the edge of woodland, from Late Spring through to Autumn. Just a wee note, it can also be easily confused with the less common Araneus opistographa.

Cucumber Green Orb Spider

Green Orb Spider – (Araneus cucurbitina)

 

Because of their colour, they do not hide from prey, but use their camouflage to trap flying insects that get caught in their orb webs. The webs are often built between the edges of a single leaf.

Cucumber Green Orb Spider

Cucumber Green Orb Spider – Araneus cucurbitina

 

Cucumber Green Orb Spider

Cucumber Green Orb Spider – Araneus cucurbitina

 

Cucumber Green Orb Spider

Cucumber Green Orb Spider – Araneus cucurbitina

 

Cucumber Green Orb Spider

Cucumber Green Orb Spider – Araneus cucurbitina

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Cucumber Green Orb Spider – Balgonie Bleachfield Project

  1. What a beauty this one is Andy! So colourful and green! Such amazing camouflage. Stunning shots you took of this cutie! This one reminds me a lot of the Araneus apricus I once found in our garden. It’s in one of my older blog posts though and I will get to that one at some stage. I so interesting to see and learn more about the spider species and what each of them look like. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous beauty. 😀

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    • Thank you for the kind comments Sonel 🙂 I think I over edited a couple of the photos of the cucumber green orb spider, but he/she was quite obliging when it came to photographing it 🙂 I’ll need to check out your wee green spider, when you get it onto your spider page, which is looking really really good!!!! 🙂

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