This spider was one of the many little creatures caught at Ashway gap during our bug hunt on Saturday. We really could do with a super macro camera for some of the specimens. we caught a variety of leaf hoppers my favourite was a wasp smaller than half a grain of rice.
Here are a few facts about the Common orb weaver spider
LATIN NAME -: Metellina segmentataSIZE-: Grows to a length of around 8mm.DISTRIBUTION- Found throughout the UK.MONTHS SEEN- July to OctoberHABITAT- Found amongst any vegetation or structure where it can build its web.FOOD- Flies and small insectsSPECIAL FEATURES-: The female common orb weaver is a pale yellow-brown colour. The abdomen features brown markings which resemble a leaf pattern.The name comes from the orb-shaped (rounded) webs this spider spins. It's also a very common species.The male of the species has a slimmer abdomen, longer legs and darker markings. During the mating season the male moves onto the web of the female.