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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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13 November, 2011

Web Spider (Araniella cucurbitina)

This is a small species of spider that 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.

There are five species of araniella spiders found in the UK and they are all bright green in colour and have a series of samll apired dots in the abdomen. Of the five Araniella cucurbitina is consider to be the most common and so that is why I have chosen to call this specimen as that species. However, to be really sure one needs to examine a specimen under a microscope and I am not about to do that!

It is a web spinning spider, spinning very fine webs between leaves on bushes and trees.