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Last Monday, when we actually had a sunny day, I was checking the flowers of a Gorse bush for any tiny critters that might be lurking there (lots of weevils), when I spotted this stunning creature. With a yellow-green body and vibrant green legs, I think this is the aptly named Cucumber green orb spider (Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato) but, as the Nature Spot website entry for this spider explains, there are two very similar species, Araniella cucurbitina and A. opisthographa. So, for recording purposes, if you can’t distinguish one from the other, you can use the catch-all name Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato meaning ‘in the broad sense’.

230331 cucumber green orb spider