Whilst taking photographs of ‘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.
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.