Saturday, 11 October 2014

October spiders

I found quite a number of spiders today in a trip to my local wildlife garden. It was mild and sunny. Some spiders basked on the wall, like a couple of young Nursery Web spiders, Pisaura mirabilis, and a wolf spider (Pardosa sp.). Nearby, a pair of Linyphia triangularis. As I went for a walk today, I was surprised by a mature Araneus diadematus female hanging from a tree (above). She might have been disturbed in her web possibly by a bird and dropped to safety on her line of silk. When it is foggy, I have seen these spiders webs quite high up in trees.
Several Pisaura mirabilis, sat on the painted leaves on the sunny wall.
This one seems to have regenerated a few legs, notice that some legs are shorter and paler than the rest. These nursery web spiders will overwinter soon.
As will young wolf spiders, Pardosa sp. which were also on the wall.
A Linyphia triangularis, males guard the female web in this species, fighting any contenders with their long cheliceae. The female is on the left, the male - out of focus - on the right.
Metellina male with present for female? Male Metellina sp. will capture prey before attempting to court a female, and then mate with her as she is entertained with the present ('nuptial gift' as it is called). I found this mature male today and wondered if that is why it was carrying this present. Unfortunately, I didn't see the female.
And on the playground, under a window frame painted with some street art, this pink and fully grown Araneus diadematus.
I found this male Amaurobius similis on the kitchen wall, on the prowl tonight. It measured 8 mm long. I got a good view of palps allowing for species ID.
For more October spiders, check out the Flickr group #Arachtober or on twitter.

5 comments:

biobabbler said...

Wow, a NICE array of spiders. That 1st shot is INSANELY beautiful and artsy. And the green paint makes a pretty sweet background, too. I never knew spiders could re-grow legs. Super interesting.

Thanks for the delightful & edifying post (par for the course, for you). =)

Africa Gómez said...

Thank you so much for your comment Biobabblers, it means a lot! Very pleased you found it interesting too.

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Tone said...

I've been interested in arachnids for years but it has only been the past couple of years that I've started to learn about behaviour of our eight legged friends. I've 3 tarantulas, male and female Tegenaria sp. and a Segestria florentia. I just want to say that from your blog I'm learning something new every day. Keep up the good work :)